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SunGard Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
285 Reviews
3.2
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Few, the Proud...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    The company that was purchased by SunGard had generous vacation allowances. SunGard allowed us to keep them. There are a number of good people in the ranks of the division, many of whom are good people to work with. The projects are challenging, and with a small staff, there is room to play a number of roles.

    Cons

    As some have pointed out, there are a number of different divisions in the company. Each is its own entity. Our division was purchased by SunGard, and then SunGard was its self purchased. There was a strategy of reducing head count via attrition and layoffs, in an attempt to make the division more profitable. Besides being demoralizing, it also makes it difficult to advance your career in a company that is shipping whole departments overseas. Our location shrank about 70% before I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is only so many people who are redundant. After a while it becomes necessary to limit the scope of the business if you are going to keep reducing headcount. Many of your employees are as intelligent as you are, if not more so. Don't make the mistake of keeping your employees out of the loop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Probably the worst place I have ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Newark, NJ

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Had the ability to travel internationally to other offices, so I gota few fully paid trips out of them. Some of the people are down to Earth, but the Management fosters a back-stabbing political climate. Very easy hours: 9-5 at the worst.

    Cons

    Worst Management I have ever seen. A complete lack of concern for the customer. Poor and antiquated technology. Zero opportunity for advancement. Extremely poor compensation and benefits. There was no communication from management about anything. You had to rely on the rumor mill to learn anything. Lousy office environment since they were too cheap to invest in anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These people are so far beyond help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Less pay great people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Center in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Call Center in Lombard, IL

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    The people, non-management co-workers. The co-workers are very professional and a joy to work with. Each department has great employees that work well together but with tools that are inadaquate to perform their job functions.

    Cons

    Upper management (SVP level) is only concern with the bottom line and that is to get the money in and keep it in. No raise is higher than 4% each year and is seldom given to the staff that deserves it. In most cases the management rather have you get the product out without understanding the full concept of each product. There is a revolving door at Sungard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your managers, don't over work your workers. Let go of products that are not producing properly and improve on those that have made money for SunGard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Tumultuous work experience and continuous layoffs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Successful Business Unit Relies on Limited Resources and Underpaid Employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Growth Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Senior Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Senior Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at SunGard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    SunGard offers decent work-life balance, work from home, and stability.

    Cons

    Biggest drawback is lack of career growth and development. The recent efforts to promote career growth has been superficial.
    Salary stays stagnant and many people are leaving the firm as the economy improves and opportunities arise outside the firm
    Also, Asset Management group is very disorganized, lacking strategy and vision. Many competing products with an army of car-salesman type management.
    Lastly its glorifies the above breed of car salesman type personality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1.Create a career track for existing employees
    2. Create a strategy , vision and improved communication between products
    2. Fire incompetent management and sales staff and pay market rate for your existing performing employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The takeover of Valuelink meant that we all became small fish (minnows!) in a very large pool

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

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

    Pros

    A great bunch of people who were very smart and knew their stuff

    Cons

    HR was far too concerned with ticking boxes when hiring so they didn't look at the person, they looked at stats

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    PE ruined SunGard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Great company through 2005, then it changed

    Cons

    New CEO is not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hugely variable, increasingly US-centric, shambolic systems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There's a good view of London from the window.
    Reasonable benefits
    Some parts of the company can be good to work in

    Cons

    Internal systems are a total omnishambles
    Management hugely variable some good, others petty-minded
    Increasing US-centric nature of the company, owners clearly desperate to offload the company hence absurd targets imposed top-down.
    Terrible work-life balance
    Canary Wharf is not London.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the appalling internal systems (or lack thereof)
    Listen to the businesses rather than impose from the top

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The worst VFP Programming Code I have ever worked with (Public Sector)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer III
    Former Employee - Software Developer III

    I worked at SunGard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people were great to work with. However, there was very little communication with your immediate supervisor or managers. An 8-5 job so they didn't expect long hours. That is a good thing because any more time spent in front of the some of the sloppiest program code on the planet was enough to drive you insane.

    Cons

    On your first day they sit you in front of a computer expecting you to unravel spaghetti code. It was a nightmare. I dreaded going to work every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with your people. Have new developers team up with developers that have been there for a while (the ones that could handle the piece of crap programming code) and at least show them what they are getting into. Actually, maybe they should sit down with potential developer candidates but then they may not be able to hire any VFP developers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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