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SunGard Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
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Pros
  • I have a nice work-life balance and the overall compensation package is good with a very solid base pay (in 150 reviews)

  • Good benefits and nice work environment (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Big Hierarchy to reach in Senior Management Role (in 35 reviews)

  • Being a product based company, onsite opportunities are next to nothing, or if exist they are for short term only (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "A Great Place to Achieve Anything, but Needs Coherancy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    SunGard encourages its employees to be entrepreneurial. This creates many opportunities within the company, you just need to be savvy enough to take them!

    Cons

    SunGard is very decentralized with "silos" of individual companies, most of them retained through acquisitions. This leads to a very disorganized central management and makes it very difficult to get aggregated information that applies to the company as a whole. Since the purchase by Silver Lake Partners, this has slowly changed somewhat, but it is still very difficult to find a centralized repository for any information. In addition, due to acquisitions, benefits are very disparate between divisions and often between employees within the same division, depending on when their unit was acquired.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to be more engaged with their employees. It's very difficult for those of us in the trenches, so to speak, to achieve a "big picture" view of what's going on. The separation and unavailability of information between units makes it difficult to understand how things ought to be working or why things are working the way they are.


  2. "Work here if you like long hours and low pay checks"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Wayne, PA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Wayne, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Could not ask for a better group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours with no compensation. The pay is very low when compared to the industry standards. Many jobs being outsourced to India. No formal training of any kind on any systems used in the day to day job. Many tasks are boring and relate nothing to the business what so ever. Management is often times too busy on the phone to help out thier employees. Spend hours upon hours playing phone tag with other departments and business units.

    Advice to Management

    Need to learn how to manage people better. Management needs to realize that people have lives outside of work. They also need to start paying people for overtime, comp days just arent going to cut it for the amount of work that people do around here.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Run, don't walk."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Lake Mary, FL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well, after thinking of something positive to say about Sungard, I can confidentially say that the paychecks were always deposited on time.

    Cons

    Low pay, poor benefits, lackluster support from senior management. I can go on.

    Advice to Management

    Start over from scratch.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Caught up in a RIF"

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    Former Employee - Director Level in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Director Level in Birmingham, AL
    Recommends

    Pros

    Gain great work experience and changeling jobs. You can learn a lot but can also work very hard. Some positions require a lot of travel and bosses don't always take that into consideration.

    Cons

    Management quick to lay off to make numbers and get their bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Take good care of you loyal and good people.


  5. "Too much consolidation"

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. However, the work environment varies drastically depending on which division you are in. If you are lucky, you can work with hard working, highly skilled people. SunGard is large and hence there are opportunities to advance if you are willing to look beyond your own unit.

    Cons

    Too quick to layoff in order to make their numbers. Consolidation and layoffs are eliminating many solid employees, leaving those left overworked and overstretched. Consolidation is happening faster than remaining employees can obtain the skills and industry/product knowledge to cover new tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management at the division level needs to better understand the business model of the products under them. While standard practices can lead to some efficiencies, remember that an acquired company was doing something right prior to acquisition.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sungard has great benefits and is extremely understanding about taking vacation and leave. The pay is adequate and the people you work with are generally good people

    Cons

    Work can be very boring. My particular sector doesn't have a lot of room for advancement. There can be infighting

    Advice to Management

    I think Sungard should offer some sort of team building exercises or trips somewhere. Maybe just one or two days a year where the message is about fun.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Doesn't anyone here know how to play this game?"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Programmer in Birmingham, AL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the employees are competent and sincere in their desire to do a good job. The sense of camaraderie in the face of workplace obstacles helps get through the day.

    Cons

    The only management that the directors and VPs seem to have mastered is micromanagement. They have found a way to demand results while making sure that their underlings dare not make a move without authorization. This combined with the constant re-organization betrays the fact that the company is out of control. Staffs have been cut to the point that employees' attention is dragged from crisis to crisis , preventing progress on important projects.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in professional managers to run the organization rather than plucking "high performers" from within and promoting them to the level of the incompetence.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad software company, but it's run by Private Equity and it shows"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company, lots of technology support. Global presence, global client base. Lots of referenceable clients, lots of potential client exposure and experience to be had, if you're in the right parts.

    Cons

    Too lean, it makes it difficult to coordinate the simplest of things because everything is onshored or offshored or outsourced to different parts of the country and the world. Too few people in each function. Too much debt.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in growth areas and disinvest in slow areas is a good strategy, but the organization is as fast as its slowest members, especially back office, even if you try to use technology to solve problems.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice working environment, interesting projects to work on, no pressure.
    Good and competitive benefits, generous vacation.

    Cons

    Company outsourcing IT, but will redeploy you if a position is available.
    No career growth, bad choices in promotions, archaic and obsoleted software
    Business unit IT management(my firm) very disorganized. Parent management(Sungard) very intelligent people who know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries, though good are lagging.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Stamford, CT
    Current Employee - Consultant in Stamford, CT
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Work from home
    -Easy work culture

    Cons

    -Too much travel
    -No Career Growth

    Advice to Management

    -Offer more learning and training opportunities


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