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"The 800 LB Gorilla Facing Extinction"

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Former Employee - Account Executive in Columbus, OH
Former Employee - Account Executive in Columbus, OH
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Known, respected name in the DR, BC business
Large customer legacy base
Privately held (so can weather bad earnings longer w/o threat of

Cons

Poor compensation, weak internal processes, horrific sales support, infrastructure to grow in key market in managed services is archaic

Other Employee Reviews for Sungard Availability Services

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Should be the last resort for IT Talent"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Service Delivery Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive
    Decent benefits
    Great coworkers
    Liberal remote work policies

    Cons

    Constant reorgs and layoffs
    Requires employees to pay for travel out of pocket and get reimbursed
    Depressing work areas with vast empty poorly lit cubicle farms and dirty and worn out office furniture
    No training
    Management lacks focus, direction, and integrity
    Outdated and disjointed internal systems

    Sungard claims they want to be the IT employer of choice. They really should be the IT employer of last resort. New hires are dumped in depressing work areas and given little or no training or orientation. While the people for the most part are helpful and friendly, there is an overall morale problem brought on and fostered by frequent layoffs. Upper management's solution to every problem is to "reorganize", which is a euphemism for layoffs, and then rehire the positions of the staffers who are the victims of management's ineptness and lack of vision and customer focus. My best advice if you must accept a position at Sungard is to keep looking for something else while you're working there so that you can lay them off before they do it to you.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that when an executive constantly feels the need to reorganize his organization the executive is the problem, not the organization.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "If in sales stay away; SINKING SHIP!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Representative in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Account Representative in Wayne, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay for cell phone and happy hours.

    Cons

    Too many to list, have adopted a call center attitude, sales reps. report to three managers. The managers are not in it to help you they are in it for themselves and to build their castles, which was one VP's own statement. The company has cut comp. plans year over year and once strong name in the 90's early 2000's is now a revolving door.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to senior management be honest with your employees either sell the company like it is rumored to do or start treating your employees like you did in the early 2000's with respect, especially the top reps.

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