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SunGard Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

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

Review Highlights

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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    Stable but not much fun.

    Senior Technical Support Engineer (Former Employee) London, England

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

    ConsOutsourcing 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 Senior ManagementMake it less bureaucratic and ensure policies and rules are not counter productive.

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    A good place to work at, mostly for junior jobs.

    Manager (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsThe benefits are very good and there is an overall good feeling and support during performance of tasks. For the more junior roles, people get a lot of support and can spend the appropriate time learning the taks and responsibility.
    Atmosphere wise, the atmosphere is fairly relaxed, it is quite easy to get help and advice from other people around you.

    ConsIt is sometimes too segregated, there is very little cooperation between product lines and it is very difficult to move between product lines.
    Once an employee achieves the most she can advance in the London office of the respective business unit, the almost natural progression is to use this professionalism in other business units. this is rarely done in Sungard, there is no benefit to applying for a role from within sundard than from without.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee above. Sungard is huge and should have better cooperation and support between business units.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Part-Time

    Part Time Researcher (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGood environment with opportunity to meet nice people. A flat hierarchy structure giving all employees direct approach to managers and directors.

    ConsDifficult to grow to an appreciated level. Very large organisation and all employees are helpful. However, very competitive and demanding.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInteract more with all different levels of the people in the organisation. The more integrated the company the better operations will be.

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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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    SunGard is less than the sum of its parts, so pick your part carefully.

    Researcher (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsSunGard AI has a relaxed work atmosphere for a financial services company. There is good, open communication from management about how the company's business is doing and what the strategic direction is. There is good support and benefits for employees and the corporate intranet is very good at providing information and resources for employees.

    ConsSunGard is not a monolithic company, but has grown from a series of acquisitions. Effort to integrat the various segments is slow to non-existant, even for related groups. Feels very segmented, so which particular division you work in makes a difference in your experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place overall

    Senior Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsNice people, good prospects if you work hard.Always possible to find someine within the company to help

    ConsSometimes messy communications between different levels of management.Sungard aquires companies and communication problemscan get in the way of productivity

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore flexibility and more communication between different parts of the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company with limited career growth

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsNice perks: Can work from home from time to time, great gifts on your 5-10-15 years at work.

    Smart developers

    Constantly improving the release cycle and following the best practices.

    ConsRe-organization can happen frequently so this can be stressful.

    Depending on the above, you can have a manager that doesn't share the same vision or ideas at all with the previous one so you will need to adapt.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    over all good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat Salary and Benefits, work from home allowed

    Constoo many reorg is not good for the company and employees either

    Advice to Senior Managementplease do not reorg too much

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Love my coworkers

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI have an amazing group of coworkers, which is one the reasons that I have stayed as long as I have.
    My immediate managers are caring and genuinely look out for those people who work under them .

    ConsLack of concern for employee morale, limited ability to move up in the company, high benefit copays and stagnant salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWith the lack of even basic loving raises and the increased cost of benefits, many employees are making less than they did years ago.

     

    Good company to settle down. Not sure after the acquisition by Datatel

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsThe higher education sector - Laid back, Life - Work balance (i know), excellent opportunities for learning for freshers, safe for women

    ConsThe typical in any small organization. long term-ers and politicians.. as long as you are not wronging anyone, it's a good organization to be there.

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