Sungard Availability Services Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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Sungard Availability Services CEO Andrew A. Stern
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Pros
  • Work-life balance has been mentioned quite a bit (in 22 reviews)

  • I was able to work from home very often (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • The culture that upper management has created doesn't bodge well for long-term success (in 23 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Low morale - lots of layoffs

    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    First boss was a joy to work for. Got along great and was a really nice person. Very flexible with work schedule. Ability to work from home when needed.

    Cons

    Low morale. Too many layoffs. No advancement.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. Helpful (3)

    Human Resources

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Emerging culture - ability to make a different

    Cons

    Sr Leadership is doesn't know how to run a business

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the entire company - not just sales.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Application Engineer - III

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer - III in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer - III in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment with decent objectives that would challenge and provide opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Mid management is bad, lacks skill, favorism, you scratch - I scratch works well

    Advice to Management

    Choose right people, identify and provide opportunities for internal people.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Change is needed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Finance in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, some good managers, there are still employees who want the company to succeed.

    Cons

    Too many VPs , Very heavy on upper management, good talented folks leaving due to lack of growth and motivation by their management

    Advice to Management

    Remove Dead weight and take care of your good employees before they decide to leave.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Sales in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Sales in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pros would be listed here if there were any

    Cons

    I've seen better management at a 6 year olds lemonade stand. Upper management is a complete joke. This is a company whose products and management are both still stuck in the 80s and will soon be a memory just like that time period. People are a company's greatest resource is a foreign concept here. Promises will be made then broken when it comes time for management to fulfill their end of the bargain. Dont waste your time working here.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Let some qualified people replace you.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Good and bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accountant in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work life balance, at times interesting work. Some changes seem to work and are kind of exciting.

    Cons

    Management and office politics. Managers are out to protect their own personal interests and gains first and lack business insight in many cases. Widespread favoritism/nepotism which means the best employees tend to not get rewarded as they should and poor performers get very long and free rides. Mantra of impending change is starting to get very old.So is the talk about being 'global'. Most of the workforce does not go outside of the Philly suburbs, in body and spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Throw some (senior) managers out- start with those at the top that cultivate poor corporate culture and narrow mindedness.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Chaotic, disorganized and stuck

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent co-workers, good work/life balance

    Cons

    No chance to advance, disorganized and no plan on where the company is going. It is in a very tough place right now.

    Advice to Management

    Management can't do anything because their management is stuck as well. It has to come from the top layer and they just want to sell the company to cash out $$


  9. Helpful (3)

    Sr. Director Technology Innovations

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and the people are willing to work

    Cons

    - No Vision - Sr. Leadership turnovers too quickly - No Innovations

    Advice to Management

    Promote Innovation, create a vision


  10. I negotiated contracts for the companies numerous service offerings.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Wayne, PA
    Former Employee - Contract Specialist in Wayne, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Great Place if you are Dumb

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked for IT team and they are allergic to smart people.Their ERP system was build 15 years back and people want to keep them engaged in fixing the issues.

    Cons

    Great place if you turn off your brain and say 'Yes' to everything. The biggest challenge in this company is the non-competent, non-technical directors who will not get any job if they quit Sungard AS. This company is not ready for change so I expect them to fail/sold in next 2-3 years

    Advice to Management

    Please hire smart leadership



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