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SunGard Reviews

Updated Jun 13, 2014
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2.9 253 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin

Russell P. (Russ) Fradin

(82 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • If you are put in right project they work life balance would be excellent (in 39 reviews)

  • flexible work times, easy work environment, good salary, good work life balance (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Though upper management is overly dependent on micro management (in 12 reviews)

  • Very fragmented structure with multiple business units , complicated communications (in 10 reviews)

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    Avoid like the plague!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsFree breakfast on a Friday, global experience, looks good on your CV. Some very interesting clients. Lots of FTSE 100 company's and Fortune 500 client exposure.

    ConsMicromanaging to the extreme from the US and tactical. There was no strategic thinking. Heavily sales focused. Before joining I looked at the reviews on glassdoor and ignored the advice given. If you are a focused seasoned professional do not join this company as you will regret it. The US heavily micromanage and do not appreciate professionals who are qualified in their field of expertise. It's tactical fantastic, think about today and not tomorrow. Very political, only the US are looked after. Outside of the US different rules apply and you have no say or opinion. If you challenge the US or voice an opinion you will be viewed as a threat to the US who do not have a clue about strategy and are behind the times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the deadwood and the yes men. Review your employee Retention and the reasons why there is a high turnover of good experienced staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awful Company to Be Acquired By (Alternative Investments)

    Senior Consultant (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsIdiotic senior management makes you feel superior in every way.

    ConsSungard Alternative Investments is run like a closed shop for the friends of the president of the unit (who are mysteriously all of the same religion). The managers seem to do very nicely out of SG but add little to no value the businesses they acquire - anyone else who is doing well out of it is open for the attack to add to the friend retirement fund. My company was a fantastic one to work for before Sg took it over. The president and COO screwed up the valuation by a factor of about 2 and since then they just keep chopping people to make the quarterly figures look better. How the president and COO are holding on to their jobs I do not know, but that is the kind of firm it is - everyone is to blame except the management. If there's a problem blame someone else and fire them. Sungard Alternative Investments is and awful unit of an awful company - if they acquire your company start looking for a new job because if they don't fire you, you are the unlucky one!

    Advice to Senior Managementstart respecting the people who made the companies you buy worth buying. Actually talk to the people in those companies and bring them on side, rather than treating them like idiots.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sales People Treated like "Pawns" towards The Management's Quota and Club Reservations

    Senior Sales Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsThey serve Starbucks coffee...and have a nice surplus of legal pads and pens.

    ConsSales Compensation and Quotas are not in line with the Industry trends and the "solution selling" messaging the company subscribes to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to actually listen to the Sales People on what is going on and work accordingly to streamline instead of making "gut" like decisions or picking favorites when driving opportunities.

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    To many layoff and turnovers in Philadelphia location

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTalented group of young, friendly and professional group in

    ConsSome mid management unethical and unprofessional

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward the right employees

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    Constant upper management reorgs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Ramon, CA (US)

    ProsEmployees were young and intelligent

    ConsConstant upper management reorgs
    Constant layoffs
    Poor hiring skills

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus

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    Treated a 24/ 7 job like a 9 to 5. No incentives. Poor managment.

    Mid Range Specialist II (Current Employee) Carlstadt, NJ (US)

    ProsSome of the folks that work at Sungard are enjoyable to work with. The hours when employed were nice and convenient.

    ConsThe Management is absolutely heartless. When Sungard acquired Comdisco, they of course promised the world. They decided to fire people the week before christmas. Made a comment to my manager which he didn't like. F' him. I hate this place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRetire

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    bad

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosretirement life style if you like. Not much pressure from work

    Consnot a good place to learn new technology

     

    consultant

    Consultant (Current Employee) Bangalore (India)

    Prosflexibility good shift timings, very good for ppl who want to earn money for pocket money

    Consjob insecurity. they give good hike to both good performer and a bad performer

    Advice to Senior Managementcome down to ground level and check

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    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    ProsStaff was kept when EIM was purchased
    Family feeling
    Upper Management tried to keep us positive
    Very team focused
    Great PM's

    ConsWorried about bottom line- therefore clients had to pay for upgrades which they refused to
    Seem to buy small profitable companies, bleed them of resources, layoff all staff and shut company down
    HR not effective
    Deals were hampered with clients because by accounting because of meeting revenue quota's and ownership of source code
    Farmed many jobs to India reducing staff in North America and UK

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork with staff - they are on the front lines with the clients and understand the needs and wants
    Try to remember not everything is about the bottom line - Many staff worked long hours to keep clients happy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Cheap. Cheap.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood group of people to work with.

    ConsFlat structure, very little career movement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more or lose your top consultants to the competition.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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