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SunGard Reviews

Updated 2 March, 2015
Updated 2 March, 2015
299 Reviews
3.1
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aquisiton growth company, but needs great improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    There are several locations if you are interested in moving (mostly in the US, but globally as well). In addition there are several 'areas of interest' within the company (Insurance, Disaster Recover, Education) and it is a large so there are lots of opportunities available.
    The benefits are decent, with company contribution to group RRSP, Employee Assistance Program in addition to Health/Medical & Dental.

    Cons

    Sungard grows by buying smaller companies - yet they don't seem to be very proficient at it. Back office changes are chaotic and unpredicatable, and communication is contradictory from one week to the next.
    Incorrect first of the year payout, lack of ability to bring integrated staff into the online pay stub processing (the manual work around for paper copies leaves MUCH to be desired), conflicting/confusing travel coverage [for those employees that are consultants to clients]. Very disappointing for a company that grows by aquistion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Document aquisition processes & adhere to them. Have at least one 'specialist' (project/program manager) to oversee integration with milestones, targets etc to make sure that there is a single point of information flow.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Learning Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Worried 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 ManagementAdvice

    Work 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of potential but accountants run the show

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

    I have been working at SunGard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    SunGard, Recovery Services, is an exciting environment that allows technicians full freedom to learn and do things that most folks only dream about. Due to our hands on approach we learn more in 6 months across more enterprise equipment than most people do in production for years. The excitement of recovering clients during a disaster is like no other workplace - you know you're doing good by helping out companies and ultimately, people.

    Cons

    Management talks about caring and that people are valuable. Unfortunately that's only talk, it always, always, comes down to money for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending that your employees are important. Either do it or be truthful about it. You'll get more respect as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    very happy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    international company which is known all over the world

    Cons

    training process is not good at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work on training and employee packages

    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for experience, but for the long haul may not be the best choice.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at SunGard

    Pros

    Seem to explore new ideas and technologies which allow growth for the company. They seem like a family oriented company, when it is in there best interest. Pretty fair when it comes to time off and working from home.

    Cons

    You just never know when you are going to get laid off as they have been going through a rough time. Seems like a clear cut line in the sand with respect to the old product and new product. Seems like two groups within Sungard trying to achieve the same goal. No unity. Lots of miscommunication and people just don't share responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just tell the truth and don't beat around the bush. You would gain more of our respect if you just told us how it is.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Comfort zone !

    • 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

    - Very good policies like work from home
    - Flexible timings
    - HR process is lenient

    Cons

    - You get lazy over the time.
    - Since its product base company, technology changes happens once in a blue moon

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Integration of various product suite needs to be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company. Lots of overtime.

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

    I worked at SunGard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays fairly. Work is challenging and varied. People are great.

    Cons

    It would be great if the company provided more training for personal development. Not enough work/life balance. You are expected to be "on" 24/7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create program where employees can get certified within their field.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good benefits, but company always merging and downsizing.

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

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Good benefits. Nice work environment.

    Cons

    Large company, so depends on division and group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Good company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Pune (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Pune (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Good Compensation,Work Life Balance, Great work environment, Great company values

    Cons

    Not much to learn, Need to improve time off policies and other perks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to provide more opportunities to employees for their personal growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going through a rough period

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

    I worked at SunGard

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial spirit pervades most of the business units
    Pragmatic management style, less politics than other companies of comparable size
    Accessible senior management

    Cons

    Underinvestment in products has lead to broadly uncompetitive, aging product set
    Too many years of acquisitions have led to an unholy mess that needs to be sorted out. This process is ongoing and made SunGard a much less interesting and fun place to work
    Little support from HR for those who want to manage their career within the group. HR department function as administrators rather than business partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Stop messing around and get the pain of restructuring the company over with quickly - it will only get worse.
    2) Consolidate around a coherent, winning strategy that you can use to rally your employees and articulate to your customers.
    3) Don't have unrealistic ideas about what the company is worth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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