Sungard Availability Services

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Sungard Availability Services Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
287 Reviews
2.7
287 Reviews
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Sungard Availability Services CEO Andrew A. Stern
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is decent, but only b/c there is no urgency or direction in the organization (in 20 reviews)

  • The majority of employees are great people (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • The culture that upper management has created doesn't bodge well for long-term success (in 22 reviews)

  • Senior management out of touch with the actual impediments to performing the work (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work-family balance culture, great employees, promotes inward mobility, stable company, your opinions matter!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Coming to work is not a burden. If you have to be away from your family/children, you are happy to come to Sungard Availability Services. Managers are focused on working with employee's career growth strategies and always offering encouragement to do more. There is plenty of opportunity to grow and stay current on new technologies. Work Hard, Play Hard Culture. Great people and professional organization. I would recommended to anyone in the IT field who is seasoned or just starting a career. No better place to work!

    Cons

    Sungard Availability Services offers many opportunities for career advancement and career training. I cannot think of any reason not to consider.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a great working enviornment!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Carlstadt, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Carlstadt, NJ

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Learned new Technologies as they came down the pike.Had to adapt to new customers IT requirments. In 2009 as the sr. System Engineer I was the vangaurd in implementing 36 HP Integrity Itanium Servers for a major Health/Pharmaceutical clint for Sungard. This included Visio and Excel Sheets for documentation. Participate in the 911 disaster recovery of major Corporations for their Hewlett Packard IT Environments. Was well compensate both in salary and weeks of vacation. The customer was always put first.

    Cons

    On call 24/7. Some times had to fly out to different SunGard site, due to disasters or staffing issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am a diligent and dedicated team player with strong organizational and personal skills.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Customers and Great Service offering with lots of opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Wayne, PA

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, virtual office option, compensation, flex time, some travel. The service we offer is very valuable and you get an opportunity to impact a customer immediately in a positive way.

    Cons

    Career path is not as clear cut depending on your position. The company does not provide a credit card for travel so everything is out of pocket and reimbursed which can be tough if you travel more than a week at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strike a deal with American Express or another card company and move towards a company credit card for customer facing roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

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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 Availability Services full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked with an incredible group of people for several years, loved the perks employees got, not to mention the excellent benefits package provided by SunGard.

    Cons

    I felt that the company was not so supportive of it's employees on several levels. I also felt that after the buyout and the company went private, it spent money on unnecessary things, like trips to vegas, AC, etc.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Up and coming

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are very talented. Our teams are empowered to self-organize and work together within and across their scrum teams. We're building new products using periodic feedback from our customers who are very excited to see our progress every three weeks.

    Cons

    There are still some corporate functions that remind you that you work for a big company, and sometimes things in some of these corporate areas take longer to get done than one would like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the momentum going forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company to work for, but headed in the wrong direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer I in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Network Engineer I in Houston, TX

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team. Team was very intelligent and highly technical. Senior engineers are great mentors to junior engineers. It was a great place to work and learn. If you came in as a junior, you would gain experience at an exponential rate and leave almost a senior. Work from home policy was also very beneficial.

    Cons

    Company is starting to outsource a lot of work to India. Many US engineers are being replaced, and the trend is only continuing in that direction. Heard of recent layoffs as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outsourcing to India is not the solution!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful opportunity for experienced professionals, Management is very supportive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager
    Current Employee - Service Delivery Manager

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Unlimited growth opportunities if you are a self starter. Company is growing and service offerings are expanding.

    Cons

    In process of streamlining processes but in the meantime, it creates extra hours and work to maintain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand stock offering to Service Delivery Managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Still a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Great boss. We have the opportunity to work with the latest technologyy everyday. It is rewardibg to assist our clients in their time of need during disasters.

    Cons

    This type of work can be stressful at times. The industry is changing and we are challenged to adept to it in these tough economic times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the staff who have been here. New ideas are great from new leaders, but therre is a lot of experience right under their nose.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    I Like Sungard

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Sungard is a good place to work with a lot of opportunities for growth and learning. Good people. Good TImes.

    Cons

    Sungard could offer better bonuses and a bit more competitive pay. Also they are slowly doing away with some of the good perks that used to be offered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Also they are slowly doing away with some of the good perks that used to be offered.

    Sungard could offer better bonuses and a bit more competitive pay.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life balance, good job, company on a bad path

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance is great, work from home, good pay and benefits, work with many smart people who tend to be very accomodating

    Cons

    Company is struggling and cutting costs in all possible areas, leadership is constantly changing and the direction never seems to be succint

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a direction and stick with it, it will be easier to get people on board and working together

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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