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SunGard Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
291 Reviews
3.2
291 Reviews
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are put in right project they work life balance would be excellent (in 46 reviews)

  • Best work culture, Management, Infrastructure, Transportation, Compensation (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life balance has become non-existant for many, depending on your role/department (in 9 reviews)

  • Though upper management is overly dependent on micro management (in 12 reviews)

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    SunGard

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    Former Employee - Art Director in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Art Director in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at SunGard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, matching 401k, great management

    Cons

    Centralizing advertisement services was a bit chaotic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to trust those you hire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The people are very unhappy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The view of Jacksonville is beautiful!

    Cons

    Executive management only cares about the sales team.
    The other teams are constantly being told how much their efforts to withstand the system and process frustrations are appreciated.
    Large system improvement projects are consistently put on hold for incidents, defects and sales support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It is obvious what is deemed important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Descent company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, not very documentation oreinted, good health insurance, descent benefits.

    Cons

    Company is still growing, so not so many clients. Energy division is altogether different than Consulting. Consulting comprises of small set of team where as Energy divsion is just like a big company. Make sure you know where you are joining and make appropriate decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Employed as a product analyst for treasury/banking software.

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    Former Employee - Product Analyst in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Product Analyst in Wayne, PA

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    The atmosphere in the office was very relaxed. My coworkers were great to work with. Compensation was fair for the work required. The benefits were better than anticipated although cost did go up towards the end of my journey there.

    Cons

    Hours were long and we had to schedule around various customers time zones which was not always ideal. Travel to places most people would not want to visit was required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is difficult because the company is owned by private equity......they are going to do what they have to do to make their money and get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK Company with limited career growth opportunity

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible hours and work from home opportunities (for some), good work-life balance, some very talented, driven and friendly people, a drive to move to lean and agile project management and engineering practices, nice bright and modern offices (before move out of Midtown).

    Cons

    Benefits squeezed down year after year, little to no bonus payments, flat structure leading to limited career growth opportunities, some staff were not up to par but somehow managed to avoid staff cuts while talented people were lost, questionable standard of work from offshore office, little real synergy between product groups or business units.

    SunGard is not as well known in the industry as it should be, and where it is known it is because of one specific product and not for the company as a whole. Working for SunGard doesn't come with as high a reputation that it deserves.

    SunGard is a sales focused company. If you are not working directly in sales you will be second-class in the company.

    This is a very large company and senior management can appear to be out of touch with individual contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote the SunGard brand as a whole. Keep a high bar when hiring and don't be afraid to get rid of dead wood (but make sure it is the right people). Think long term when moving work offshore; is it really the right thing to move work offshore when it takes two to do the job of one onshore person and quality is compromised? Don't scrimp on benefits and bonuses; you will lose talent to competitors. Have a consistent and fair work from home policy. Don't focus so much on sales as a primary goal; focus on quality first and sales will come.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Tumultuous work experience and continuous layoffs

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Flexibility, work-life balance, location, decent benefits

    Cons

    The intensive efforts to reorganize and "get lean" resulting in high employee turnover and layoffs, led to lack of retention of skilled and loyal employees. Over a short period of time, several managers left positions for new roles internally or new opportunities outside of the organization. Serious lack of communication among the staff as the reorganization efforts ramped up. Often left to make sense of new role in a short amount of time with limited planning and understanding of certain department functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication to the staff to the extent possible and perform better planning to manage department change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company for the right type of person

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Ability to contribute and make a difference

    Cons

    Too many restructurings and changes in priorities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Disappointed to have been let go.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunGard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    As an organization they appear to be switching from a strategy of growth through acquisition to one of integration and business development. This is encouraging to see. Now developing core technology strategy and communicating to staff more often. Proactive management development programs. Promoting environmental awareness.

    Cons

    Need less of a focus on lean management principles. Pushing a lot of work offshore which will reduce their ability to support local clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership have a clear vision and are moving towards it. The strategy change may be a little jarring for staff but I think the company will become stronger for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Successful Business Unit Relies on Limited Resources and Underpaid Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunGard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people in my former business unit are talented, hardworking, and resourceful. They routinely faced and conquered a mountain of industry and client led deliveries with limited resources. Benefits were good. Vacation policy is outstanding - up to five weeks off depending on your tenure. Ability to telecommute once a week was also a plus. Depending on your position, a good work/life balance is possible.

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry standards. Business unit leadership has a lack of appreciation for efforts required to successfully support certain products and clients. Office morale is dismal. Quality work is often not rewarded or even recognized in a significant way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The pool of raise/bonus money allocated yearly for business units to divide among the many deserving employees is insufficient. The yearly review process is terrible. Career opportunities are lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Varies by Office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Administration in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits package including vacation accrual and tuition reimbursement and work/life is good depending on your location.

    Cons

    It depends on your location and your manager, as in any company. some divisions have alot of attention directed to them and their product is kept up to date. others are not actively supported and they end up getting laid off and / or their office closes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish it was more structured in terms of pay increases but I think they have made small steps in the right direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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