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Updated January 31, 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 146 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance not great, lot's of travelling (in 27 reviews)

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

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  1. "Sales Regional Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SunGard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of travelling involved so suits someone with no children ideally single person- great package

    Cons

    Lot of travelling involved so suits someone with no children ideally single person

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps ensure that the targets and regional areas are well defined in advance hiring people


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Social/Work Life Inbalance"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SunGard (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary, bonus, free breakfast & donuts on fridays!

    Cons

    Overworked, Lot of hours, Social.Work life inbalance


  3. "Only good for the short term"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SunGard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good base salary. Flexible work-life balance – you can work pretty much when and where you like so long as the work is completed on time. Superb office location and views, maybe one of the best in London. Work can be satisfying and senior management are very hands on to get the ball rolling. I was lucky to work for a laid-back manager, who wasn’t always on my back. The company name and brand looks good on the CV and is well recognised within the financial services industry.

    Cons

    No training or guidance whatsoever across the board, whether it’s procedures, business or product knowledge - it's pretty much sink or swim. Important information is fragmented across the whole department globally – so rather than asking the direct question, you’re always having to ask who knows what and even then, most of the time they don’t have a clue. There are quite a few experienced employees who have very condescending attitudes and like to look down on you, just because they can. Pay rise and bonus is minimal and there are limited opportunities to grow within the company. They treat permanent employees as if they were contractors – when the number of projects in the pipe line is limited they get rid of them like there’s no tomorrow. There’s absolutely no intention for the department to retain talent – it’s more important for them to make the P&L figures look pretty for the CEO. The company is shrinking by the minute – it used to occupy several full floors of office space, now it can barely fill two as so many have left. Business is going downhill and competitors are in a much stronger position moving forward.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be good , but its going down hill fast."

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    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great friendly people
    Good work life balance
    Nice office + perks.

    Cons

    Things are going downhill fast after FIS take over.
    Software is now way behind the curve.
    If you are looking to join (new) now beware !

    Advice to Management

    Invest in product and people !


  6. "Sales role"

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people...OK products but frequent restructuring (people being let go...) made it a not very nice environment.

    Cons

    FIS takeover is making things very difficult, solutions were overpriced and lower quality than some of the other competitors' offerings, therefore nearly impossible to sell. Legal negotiations were also extremely difficult and often left with sales.

    If anyone is looking for a long career then look elswhere, Sungard won't be it.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in products, more SAAS solutions. Less software upgrades but done at a much better quality


  7. "Large size financial services company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at SunGard full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, annual bonus; impressive office views in Canary Wharf; knowledgeable and friendly people; opportunities to travel the world (particularly banking clients in the Middle East).

    Cons

    Sometimes very long hours, travel away from home as a consultant for up to 2-3 weeks at time, particularly to challenging/difficult clients in the Middle East; unrealistic expectations from management in terms of billable man days.


  8. "in need for a cultural change"

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global operations allow for mobility within the Group from South America to Asia. Good for career mobility if you think geography moves are a plus

    Cons

    Need change in culture. the new CEO has a mission, i.e. to sell or IPO the company. Fine, but many ways to do it rather than just cut cost


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't be fooled by whats on paper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SunGard (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company which helps to bolster your CV
    Ability to work with Teams all around the world
    Lots of potential to increase skills with training
    Mainly Friendly employees, but the social atmosphere died many years ago.

    Cons

    Certain managers use bully tactics to get Tasks/Projects completed, no respect for their employees, they just see the target.

    Unreasonable level of distrust for employees

    Doesn't care about employee retention which leads to the constant need for recruitment due to lack of motivation/engagement within the team. Employees know this. Management still treats them as if they are stupid.

    Unpaid overtime is a must if you want to complete the long list of jobs that you are given. No overtime = Failed deadline.

    Management structure as a whole has many layers and should be cut down in places.

    The effort taken on objectives and tasks are not fairly acknowledged when it comes to appraisal/bonuses. Everyone has to become a salesman to get themselves anywhere.

    Progression within the department is limited and any role that does come up is frequently miss-sold / responsibilities lied about/omitted. Or Budget is cut due to tight restrictions/freeze.

    Motivation to perform comes in fits and spurts but is quickly killed when mundane tasks that should be the responsibilities of other departments are forced upon you.

    Ever decreasing staff due to redundancy in team means more workload for everyone else with hardly any pushback.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating staff like tools to get the job done, show them them some respect, some freedom and eventually they will repay you in kind.

    Stop setting deadlines upon deadlines, having meetings upon meetings to discuss the deadlines. And start being reasonable with your employees.

    For example, if your not willing to do a task yourself maybe the question should be asked of your staff.

    and fairly weigh up what any one person can do at a time. compensate that person properly for the work that they have achieved.

    Oh and some Team Building every once in a while wouldn't go amiss.


  10. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, nice offices, international perspective, opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Siloed business, quite a political place, and with the CEO's desire to implement 'LEAN', a lot of cuts that made the long hours worthwhile seem to be shrinking

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time and money building a positive company-wide culture - rather than relying on team leaders in individual divisions to do it for you


  11. "Quantitative Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work at.

    Cons

    Taken over by a bigger, less well-known company.


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