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"Very corporate and slow-paced"

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Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Lombard, IL
Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Lombard, IL
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

I worked at SunGard as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

You have a ton of free time, and it seems like the management doesn't really care what you do

Cons

You don't do any substantive work

Other Employee Reviews for SunGard

  1. "Opportunity to learn if you are self-driven, but no direction from management."

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SunGard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large organization with products / clients that touch all parts of the financial industry. If you are curious, you can speak to people and learn a great deal. Employees are generally nice and share info. Good benefits. Work / life balance is achieveable.

    Cons

    Little room for upward mobility. You may get more responsibility, but not an increase in salary or title. The organization is poorly run and each product line acts like its own fiefdom. There is little collaboration among the groups. There are lots of politics behind the scenes.

    Advice to Management

    Break down the walls between groups. Encourage / force working together. Maybe even restructure the whole org. Promote smart people and get rid of mediocre people.


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    "Acquire mature technologies, run out the string"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid benefits package
    Strong profit motivation
    Bonuses when targets are achieved or exceeded
    Focus on stability and redundancy in systems and services (a key success factor in Financial Services and in the 'corporate DNA' from the prior disaster recovery business history of SunGard)

    Cons

    Growth generally through acquisitions, rather than investing in existing product lines
    Cost containment measures (profit motivation) yield regular rounds of outsourcing to India, China, Eastern Europe, limiting advancement opportunities in the US.
    Regular 'right sizing' efforts to reduce product support staff and align with declining revenues in mature product lines - products are acquired at the mature phase, SunGard closely manages the out years in the product life to squeeze profits from aging inventory
    Although there are many good people and also good jobs at SunGard, the atmosphere of outsourcing and limited R&D investment in product lines can be demoralizing over time.

    Advice to Management

    Work harder to harness the creative capacity of staff.
    Foster a culture of innovation. Even in mature businesses, innovative thinking is required to keep products competitive and relevant.
    Be willing to make _more_ targeted investments, a number of smaller initiatives will yield more results than a small number of large initiatives hoping for the next 'killer app'.

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