SunGard Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
270 Reviews
3.1
270 Reviews
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
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Pros
  • If you are put in right project they work life balance would be excellent (in 44 reviews)

  • flexible work times, easy work environment, good salary, good work life balance (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work Life balance has become non-existant for many, depending on your role/department (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Rewarding, both intellectually and financially.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Software Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I worked at SunGard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Constantly learning from peers and line manager, received tutorials from industry experts on computing and finance as well as online training. Good work life balance with flexible working hours and weekly exercise program. Great pay for interns.

    Cons

    Quiet location. Poor long term promotional opportunities

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hugely variable, increasingly US-centric, shambolic systems

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England

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

    Pros

    There's a good view of London from the window.
    Reasonable benefits
    Some parts of the company can be good to work in

    Cons

    Internal systems are a total omnishambles
    Management hugely variable some good, others petty-minded
    Increasing US-centric nature of the company, owners clearly desperate to offload the company hence absurd targets imposed top-down.
    Terrible work-life balance
    Canary Wharf is not London.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sort out the appalling internal systems (or lack thereof)
    Listen to the businesses rather than impose from the top

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good work-life balance, poor career opportunities

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Great place to work in at the start of your career with excellent work life balance and opportunities. Fairly flat organ

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Consultant in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Project Consultant in Oxford, England

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

    Pros

    A fantastic place to start your career and learn from one of the most highly skilled staff in the industry. Great opportunities to pick or choose the work that you would be interested in and given responsibilities straight away. Good work-life balance with flexible work times as long as you finish the tasks assigned on time.

    Cons

    Benefits don't tend to go up with the amount of experience you gain. Depending on which segment you are on, there is little opportunity to go to different products, move up in the organisation and expand your horizons.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company but watch out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Executive in London, England

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

    Pros

    - In many ways a social environment with flexible hours
    - There are some very strong products within the company which can sell well.
    - Good company to work for if you like a strong sales environment, if you don't and want to build longer term client relationships SunGard can be challenging.

    Cons

    - First and foremost a very sales orientated organisation. Which doesn't need to be a bad thing, but as of late it has become sales for the sake of sales without the necessary development in the product and this is bad. Whether this has historically always been this way, I do not think so but for the last 2 years this has definitely been reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't lose yourself in quarterly targets, this is very dangerous for SunGard but most of all the clients. To achieve the best results for clients targets should be flexible over a 1 to 2 year period.
    - Don't be afraid to axe managers who are fundamentally ill equipped to handle their position.
    - Create a more open environment where all are capable of voicing their concerns.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid like the plague!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at SunGard as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free 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.

    Cons

    Micromanaging 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

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

    Financial Software Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Oxford, England
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Oxford, England

    I have been working at SunGard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly and relaxed work environment. For people who have a passion for technology this is ideal.

    Cons

    Slightly steep learning curve. On a business park so also not particularly sociable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral

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    • 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 an 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
  10.  

    Opportunities but challenging to work in

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    • 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
  11.  

    Sales Manager Northern England

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Manchester, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Manchester, England

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

    Pros

    Great facilities and mostly very astute people. Good vision and energy to achieve. Truly market leading as a non manufacturer specific supplier. Multiple value streams and routes to market.
    UK wide coverage and work placement options.

    Cons

    US employment legislation is very different to the EU. Unfortunately, the senior US management do not understand the implications.
    Putting revenue before customer requirements is a dangerous practice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more genuine autonomy to non US locations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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