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Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
298 Reviews
3.1
298 Reviews
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SunGard President, CEO and Director 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.  

    Good Company. Lots of overtime.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunGard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays fairly. Work is challenging and varied. People are great.

    Cons

    It would be great if the company provided more training for personal development. Not enough work/life balance. You are expected to be "on" 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create program where employees can get certified within their field.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good benefits, but company always merging and downsizing.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Good benefits. Nice work environment.

    Cons

    Large company, so depends on division and group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going through a rough period

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales
    Former Employee - Senior Sales

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit pervades most of the business units
    Pragmatic management style, less politics than other companies of comparable size
    Accessible senior management

    Cons

    Underinvestment in products has lead to broadly uncompetitive, aging product set
    Too many years of acquisitions have led to an unholy mess that needs to be sorted out. This process is ongoing and made SunGard a much less interesting and fun place to work
    Little support from HR for those who want to manage their career within the group. HR department function as administrators rather than business partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Stop messing around and get the pain of restructuring the company over with quickly - it will only get worse.
    2) Consolidate around a coherent, winning strategy that you can use to rally your employees and articulate to your customers.
    3) Don't have unrealistic ideas about what the company is worth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Culture is Gone, Time to Abandon Ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    If you are lucky to have descent leadership at the top of your segment, there may be hope albeit with a short window until the ownership change happens - and it is happening. Long term career, nope. Runway - 12-24 months. It's been 10 years since the LBO and the PE owners will want the "event" to happen so they can cash in on this line item in the portfolio that has been a huge under performer and invest in other things.

    Cons

    The once entrepreneurial spirit and leadership is completely gone and left are the very few who decide on a day by day basis to jump ship. The Segments do not work together, the administrative work as well as the procedures are disparate and gotten to the point of silly. Couple that with a lack of focus on the delivery, Project Management and Investment and the ship is sinking. Clients are leaving and the reputation that was once stellar has gone to poor and "steer clear."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cash in and get this over with, get the roadshows going so the pain ends for all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Malvern, PA

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

    Pros

    Ability to travel and meet other people

    Cons

    Disorganized upper management. Low employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with one another across teams. Listen to the employees.
    Stop taking away benefits and then try to make it seem like it is in the best interest of the employees. There have been minimal raises in the last 6 years. Combine that with more out of pocket expenses for less benefits and employees are making less than they did years before.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The people are very unhappy

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    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
  9.  

    Descent company

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    • 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
  10.  

    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
  11. 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

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