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SunGard Reviews

Updated 23 January 2015
Updated 23 January 2015
291 Reviews
3.2
291 Reviews
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
100 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are put in right project they work life balance would be excellent (in 46 reviews)

  • Best work culture, Management, Infrastructure, Transportation, Compensation (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life balance has become non-existant for many, depending on your role/department (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good work-life balance, poor career opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is probably the best I've had in my career. And for around a year, there's the ability to learn both the technological and business-based aspects of your role.

    Cons

    Once you've been in the job a while, boredom tends to creep in. There is realistically very little chance of career progression owing to the acquisition-based nature of the company, meaning teams work in silos without much interaction across products, let alone departments and divisions. The compensation package is not fantastic, but owing to the good work-life balance, it's acceptable. Senior management can be based in another part of the globe, meaning you don't have any contact with them from one year to the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career progression for employees needs to improve, otherwise good talent will always be on the look out for jobs elsewhere. Senior management needs to improve interaction with it's staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Life balance, Environment, opportunity, senior management, Travelling

    Cons

    career development,food,weather,no more cons,lack of comminication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Opportunities but challenging to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to shape your career, lack of micro management, truly international business with great travel options

    Cons

    Internal structures lacking, no management time to support staff, communication failures throughout the business

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    sungard systems ltd employment review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Software Consultant in London, England

    I worked at SunGard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    options for working overseas exist

    Cons

    very limited opportunities for career progression

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Stable but not much fun.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in London, England

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Pay is good if you are loyal and professional
    Good perks
    Excellent offices in London
    Very nice and friendly atmosphere in the office.

    Cons

    Outsourcing at its worst.It is astonishing how badly internal processes are broken due to the bad outsourcing attempts.
    Once you reach the top in your product line you will be better off looking for your next position outside the company than hoping for an internal transfer.
    Very fragmented structure with multiple business units , complicated communications.
    Constant management/strategy changes with little visible effect that don't help the morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it less bureaucratic and ensure policies and rules are not counter productive.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The people are very unhappy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The view of Jacksonville is beautiful!

    Cons

    Executive management only cares about the sales team.
    The other teams are constantly being told how much their efforts to withstand the system and process frustrations are appreciated.
    Large system improvement projects are consistently put on hold for incidents, defects and sales support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It is obvious what is deemed important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Descent company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, not very documentation oreinted, good health insurance, descent benefits.

    Cons

    Company is still growing, so not so many clients. Energy division is altogether different than Consulting. Consulting comprises of small set of team where as Energy divsion is just like a big company. Make sure you know where you are joining and make appropriate decision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your team

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Employed as a product analyst for treasury/banking software.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Analyst in Wayne, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Analyst in Wayne, PA (US)

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    The atmosphere in the office was very relaxed. My coworkers were great to work with. Compensation was fair for the work required. The benefits were better than anticipated although cost did go up towards the end of my journey there.

    Cons

    Hours were long and we had to schedule around various customers time zones which was not always ideal. Travel to places most people would not want to visit was required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is difficult because the company is owned by private equity......they are going to do what they have to do to make their money and get out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Interesting but not too structured if u are used to be from a mnc esp banks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone seem to work without much emphasis on ranks or seniority. Very cooperative in that sense

    Cons

    Can be isolating as majority are of a particular nationality and they tend to always talk in their native language.....not too good esp u are always left out..... And u are unaware of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve sales process and customer management. Often end up having to sucumb to customer demands even when sometimes its unreasonable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK Company with limited career growth opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Good salary, flexible hours and work from home opportunities (for some), good work-life balance, some very talented, driven and friendly people, a drive to move to lean and agile project management and engineering practices, nice bright and modern offices (before move out of Midtown).

    Cons

    Benefits squeezed down year after year, little to no bonus payments, flat structure leading to limited career growth opportunities, some staff were not up to par but somehow managed to avoid staff cuts while talented people were lost, questionable standard of work from offshore office, little real synergy between product groups or business units.

    SunGard is not as well known in the industry as it should be, and where it is known it is because of one specific product and not for the company as a whole. Working for SunGard doesn't come with as high a reputation that it deserves.

    SunGard is a sales focused company. If you are not working directly in sales you will be second-class in the company.

    This is a very large company and senior management can appear to be out of touch with individual contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote the SunGard brand as a whole. Keep a high bar when hiring and don't be afraid to get rid of dead wood (but make sure it is the right people). Think long term when moving work offshore; is it really the right thing to move work offshore when it takes two to do the job of one onshore person and quality is compromised? Don't scrimp on benefits and bonuses; you will lose talent to competitors. Have a consistent and fair work from home policy. Don't focus so much on sales as a primary goal; focus on quality first and sales will come.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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