Sungard Availability Services

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Recent Re-Org was a case of Fire, Ready, Aim.

    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Management finally realized they needed to align their lines of business. Theoretically, this will improve hybrid solution ideas and development. Work-life balance can be found as long as you are flexible. The company has a decent customer base and is working on building competencies, especially for complex IT solutions. Compensation is fair, as are benefits.

    Cons

    Too much change going on at once makes it difficult to know how to get things done. Politics have come into play. Product development isn't held accountable for their results. Certain teams are critical to success and yet remain starved from resource and investment. Management doesn't seem to know how where bottlenecks exist to address constraints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the re-org will eventually align efforts more efficiently, it also took on too much change at once. Global alignment, ITIL organization structure changes on top of consolidated products is causing too much distraction at a time when there's a need for focus. Senior management changes brought in new leadership who did not have enough understanding of how much change they were about to inflict. Senior management should have planned these changes and listened to a managers across lines of business before pulling the trigger.

    Recognize the teams which are bottlenecks in our solution pipeline and give them help. This would accelerate our go to market strategy.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to build an IT sales resume

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Money is pretty good. Great training.

    Cons

    Bad tools. Management in constant state of flux. High turnover.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is what you make of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
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  5.  

    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.

  6.  

    Its great to work for

    • 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 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.

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (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.  

    I negotiated contracts for the companies numerous service offerings.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Wayne, PA

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (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
  9.  

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

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Thornton, CO
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Thornton, CO

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services as a contractor (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.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Down Hill

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recovery Specialist II in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Recovery Specialist II in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (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
  11.  

    Good natured people doing good work

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Everybody is eager to help and see you succeed

    Cons

    tough to get them to move forward on a posting for a new opening

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If its open fill it there are plenty of out of work people to pick up the slack where entry level people have moved up from.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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