Sungard Availability Services

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Sungard Availability Services Reviews

Updated 20 February 2015
Updated 20 February 2015
320 Reviews
2.6
320 Reviews
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Sungard Availability Services CEO Andrew A. Stern
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is decent, but only b/c there is no urgency or direction in the organization (in 22 reviews)

  • Work from home policy was also very beneficial (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • The culture that upper management has created doesn't bodge well for long-term success (in 23 reviews)

  • Senior management out of touch with the actual impediments to performing the work (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Lots of variety - unsure of overall direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Fast paced - get to use initiative
    Lots of opportunities

    Cons

    internal support teams poor
    Not Really service orientated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on Service and less on Sales

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Old Boys Network; Tow The Line or Leave

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Staff on the ground are great. You'll get opportunities at SAS you wouldn't get anywhere else

    Cons

    Old Boys Club look after each other & select few, putting wrong people in wrong positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break the Old Boys Club, useless staff being kept on out is sheer loyalty from Director level

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    The people are great at ground level. A flexible place to work with very dedicated people

    Cons

    Numerous Reorg's and Globalisation attempts leave staff disheartened and unsure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your staff!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sungard NOC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Centre Operations Analyst in Hounslow, England
    Former Employee - Data Centre Operations Analyst in Hounslow, England

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You should know someone in the higher management then you will progress otherwise you will keep trying with no luck

    Cons

    Only few people at the top of the company doing what they want to do and do not care about the rest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NOC plays a major part in customer satisfaction and has always been ignored from any kind of recognition. Listen to the problems and issues of the NOC analysts and give them more resources and facilities and recognize their efforts so they can do better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Technical Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great place to learn new skills

    Cons

    lots of issues with management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people on the floor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Shallow men acting like children

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, good job prospects,

    Cons

    SunGard has I think 5,000 employees, you could be a number, a cog, some people who work in sales are very clicky, earn a lot but have huge egos and act like children. They are 50 year old men acting like men in their 20's boasting about how much their house contents is insured for! SunGard staff are very clicky, so the people who are not in the click or if you not in the group, then your work life can get very depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some of the all the clicks. They ruin what could be a nice place to work,

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

    A good place to learn with limited opportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DC Ops Team Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - DC Ops Team Manager in London, England

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to learn new technology

    Cons

    often pressurised and had difficult customer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good and bad things as with all places

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They will invest in their employees as far as training and moving people up internally using work experience not just based on degree's.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments that interact with each other regarding changes in procedure and policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee's more and although it is known to stay in business money must be made, but not at the sacrifice of service to others.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sr. Netbackup Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior NET Backup Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior NET Backup Engineer

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Company is good, it haves good benefits and pay well, have newest technologies and they care about employees growth.

    Cons

    Workload is slow not a good fit for those that are use to be in hyper-mode all the time, management doesn't have direction and many of them don't understand what they do and what direction their IT departments haves, if you are about to retire is a great option not if you want to grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you need some managers at low level that act more aggressively on high impact cases, basically someone to crack the wip to make things happen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Professionally Satisfying experience and very good work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer - Applications Support in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Engineer - Applications Support in Pune (India)

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    First thing first - the managers here are groomed very well to understand the concerns of employees and address them in a good professional way.
    The work life balance which I had here was really amazing. I could do study French language while doing work and my managers helped me to do that.
    Infrastructure is good. Appraisals are done on time and they are on average good.
     Freedom to learn and expand yourself into new areas of your profession.

    Cons

    Not many here that I found.
    There are not many extra curricular activities that I found. Also the internal technical trainings for employees were less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should continue to groom the managers the way they have done so far. They give them freedom but with responsibilities to maintain good work life balance among their teams and this in turns works towards the overall success of the company. Only a satisfied and happy employee can help the company to grow and success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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