Sungard Availability Services

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Sungard Availability Services Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
278 Reviews
2.7
278 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 14 reviews)

  • great place to learn new skills (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Most of the upper management has only been with the company 3 years or less (in 20 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    If you demonstrate that you can handle responsibility, you'll get it, assuming you have a good manager.

    Cons

    If you're ambitious, management role vacancies are few and far between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication from the top down are few and far between. We hear from the CEO once a quarter, but in between him and the individual contributors, the business objectives of the managers are a mystery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time

    Pros

    The majority of employees are great people.

    Cons

    Salary freezes have impacted moral.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn about and touch different technologies.

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    Former Employee - Technical Service Delivery Engineer  in  Carlstadt, NJ
    Former Employee - Technical Service Delivery Engineer in Carlstadt, NJ

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you are a self-learner and want the freedom to tinker with different technologies and hardware, then this is the place. But that's about it.

    Cons

    Constant loom of layoffs, poor communication between staff and management, currently under-staffed, no upward mobility within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I negotiated contracts for the companies numerous service offerings.

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    Former Employee - Contract Specialist  in  Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Wayne, PA

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent work/life balance, great coworkers in my department, not a stuffy corporate environment.

    Cons

    The company leadership changed while I was there and the new leadership team struggled to find its footing and seemed to be steering the company in a direction that I did not like. Leadership changed again after I left and I've heard it is a much better environment there now.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Its great to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Tons of mobility and growth

    Cons

    Nothing I could have thought of

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work until new management showed up.

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer
    Current Employee - Senior Developer

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Was a decent work environment, great team.

    Cons

    Management changes caused major disruption. Large part of the team ended up quitting (The manager that caused the disruption ended up leaving the company shortly after the team was disbanded)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The managers and SMEs were very helpful. They enabled me to successfully complete the project

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Thornton, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thornton, CO

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I was hired to help identify metadata to apply to files to improve the search engine, and to apply the metadata and improve their library structure. The managers, SMEs, and support people I worked with were extremely helpful and cooperative. Without their timely help, the project couldn't have been completed and access to their documentation would not have been improved.

    Cons

    There wasn't the budget for me to continue or to find another project there. I would have liked to continue there.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Down Hill

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    Former Employee - Recovery Specialist II  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Recovery Specialist II in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fellow workers were very talented.

    Cons

    Same as every company Management are on ego trips playing follow the leader, There aren't Many Born Leaders, they don't realize how much respect they lose by being puppets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people, try to swallow your pride and listen.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    In many ways it is a great place, but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    SGAS pays fairly well, has a decent benefits structure, paid vacation etc. Many of my coworkers are very talented and hard working. I am never bored.

    Cons

    I am always frustrated. Leadership is non-visionary and micro-managing. Many departments care more about protecting turf than serving a customer or meeting a goal. It is common to work holidays, weekends and on vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empowerment. You have talented people working here. You pay well enough to attract good people, let them do their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Secretive management style. Very little feed back or written appraisals

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Huntington Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in Huntington Beach, CA

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Utilized my business skills well

    Cons

    too cliquish and contained the "in crowd and those not in"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many managers and not enough management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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