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SunGard Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
284 Reviews
3.2
284 Reviews
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
99 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Implementation

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

    I worked at SunGard full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, talented people, devoted customers

    Cons

    Management, lack of long-term strategy, too much emphasis on short-term goals to meet monthly numbers, lack of HR support for employees, poor equipment and software tools for employees, no training or opportunity for advancement at all and very low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees. Give them the tools they need to be successful. Reduce the number of managers and only keep the ones who can really do the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for Grad's

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Good experience for college graduates or those wanting to learn a new job in an IT environment.
    Good introduction to other industries

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities
    Not family friendly
    Management has no experience; nothing is consistent
    Reviews are done once a year; employees fill out reviews and then management hits a button. HR never reviewes the reviews for issues or concerns of employee

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recovery Specialist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Recovery Specialist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Employees are paid fairly
    Good exposure to latest technology

    Cons

    Upper management treats the service business as if it were a manufacturing company.
    Failing business model (Recovery-side) with continual re-organizations and downsizing.
    Unhealthy atmosphere which has created a miserable work force.
    The new business model's aim is to create a jack-of-all trades technician (+customer service specialist) that will destroy the one strength that the company had - depth of knowledge and talent.
    Insane increase of the number of team meetings - 33% of your time is spent in a meeting rather than in front of the customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Corporate banking professional services

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager - Professional Services in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Manager - Professional Services in Pune (India)

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Managing a team of dedicated professionals who are focussed in delivery. Direct interactions with external clients. Working on Listed derivatives space.

    Cons

    Lack of control within India. Control is dictated by segment side persons and they can make arbitrary decisions at times with no reasons for their actions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Addicted to Layoffs

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Great for management at a certain level. Anything is forgiven. Job secure even when they don't know what they are doing.

    Cons

    New startup from 2006 out of managements area of knowledge. Bungled badly so dissolved a whole department of people. 120 jobs sent to India because of management at Sungard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't start a new business area unless you get the right management to run it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unethical and Incompetent Management at SIMS

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lombard, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Lombard, IL

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    A handful of quality employees remain. They were somehow sucked in and are disillusioned enough to stay in an effort to somehow make it better. But they will be hitting a wall as long as completely incompetent and unethical mgmt walk the halls.

    Cons

    Management across the board are unbelievably incompetent. They have zero software industry knowledge and it shows in every breath they take. They bank on the fact that it would cost millions for a client to migrate to a competing product, so all development is half ass at best. Thousands of serious software bugs that are closed as soon as they are logged citing 'no interest', 'no resources'. As though they were never recreated, and never existed. No upfront analysis by experienced BAs No detailed code models. Zip. Run from this company - it will ruin you forever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please resign and move on to something, anything you may be good at in another industry. Clients would leave in droves if they knew how unethical you are. That the corrupt software is a direct reflection of your inability to understand the software industry - and how to run a legitamate financial services company with integrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    SunGard sucks big time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Work culture, your colleagues. , not much I can think off.

    Cons

    Really need to negotiate on Salary, Have to do technical things what your manager say. Incase if he is right, you are saved. if not then blame is on you. If you do your own stuff, you are screwd big time. Have to attend meetings during your weekly offs. No personal nd professional life balance. Its a curse to be a senior member of the team. No job oppertunities. If try for one, they will always look for escalations you did during your entire SunGard career. Lot of Bogus people coming in and spoiling team effort. A very good company for anyone looking for a long stay, no matter any amount of escalations you do, and you do not have any self respect, managers have no guts to kick you out. (As his performance might go for a toss.) Just say sorry, this will never happen again and you are saved, But you argue and managers will make you life hell. there . there is no scope for work you do. Being an L3 you end up unlocking account for others. My worst expirience in my whole career. process is more important that technical things. If you miss SLA due to process, you are gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about employees, show some transperancy in recruitment process and salary structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful Company to Be Acquired By (Alternative Investments)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Idiotic senior management makes you feel superior in every way.

    Cons

    Sungard Alternative Investments is run like a closed shop for the friends of the president of the unit (who are mysteriously all of the same religion). The managers seem to do very nicely out of SG but add little to no value the businesses they acquire - anyone else who is doing well out of it is open for the attack to add to the friend retirement fund. My company was a fantastic one to work for before Sg took it over. The president and COO screwed up the valuation by a factor of about 2 and since then they just keep chopping people to make the quarterly figures look better. How the president and COO are holding on to their jobs I do not know, but that is the kind of firm it is - everyone is to blame except the management. If there's a problem blame someone else and fire them. Sungard Alternative Investments is and awful unit of an awful company - if they acquire your company start looking for a new job because if they don't fire you, you are the unlucky one!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start respecting the people who made the companies you buy worth buying. Actually talk to the people in those companies and bring them on side, rather than treating them like idiots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unfair to employees that work hard for the company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Flexible hours and some of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    HR was bad. She was unapproachable and not receptive to employees concerns and issues. Raises were unfair. Employees that knew how to get around the work were rewarded while the employees that did their work on time in addition to helping other were never given any type of recognition. The hours were flexible, but were always abused by a few and those few were never approached. Management knew about this, but choose to ignore it. When you you bring your concerns to management, they would tell you to just worry about yourself. Thus rewarding the employees that don't do work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to all your employees and not just the ones that do the work all the time. Pay attention to the ones that come in late and leave early. Pay attention to the ones that water plants all day and look out the window. Make sure they are pulling thier weight in the scope of the company and stop rewarding them for things that do not accomplish. There is a problem when management keeps and employee whose work comes back and someone else has to restest the work again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worse company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Burlington, MA

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    There isn't any really best reason to work for Sungard. It's a fast pase enviroment, that leaves no time to think. You need to be on the ball, and ready to jump to any problem at a moments notice. You need to know your duties extremely well, and complete your tasks with minimum resources, tools or help. Must be independent and self motivating. I must say, it's a really fast pace environment, with no planning for the future. So you must be ready for anything and everything. You must have confidence in your skills and your ability, because you will need to defend you actions.

    Cons

    They over work you, and burn you out, they don't respect it's employees or trust them. They're solution to solving a problem, is to to find which employees to blame, rather than to resolve the issue. There is no planning for the future, only the present. So issues and problems re-occurs all the time, because they do not want to solve problem, they rather find someone to blame. It's easier and cheaper to find an escape goat than root cause the problem solve the issue. They also like to burn it's employees out since they know there are others in the market who can easily replace them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has no trust in it's employees and do not listen to their suggestions. They do not care for them, since they provide no training and time off. They do not want to help them, succeed in their job, they just want the work to get completed with no help from management. They encourage using the most cheapest resources to solve problem. They provided to no tools to help in the day to day tasks. It would be nice if they listen and even try to use the suggestions, provided by it's employees. It would also be nice to give time and say thanks for a good job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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