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SunGard Reviews

Updated 20 November, 2014
Updated 20 November, 2014
279 Reviews
3.1
279 Reviews
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SunGard President, CEO and Director Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
Russell P. (Russ) Fradin
97 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 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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    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.  

    Sr. Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Good work, always at the cutting edge of technology.

    Cons

    No career growth.
    Average pay as compared to others.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work for students.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Risk Consultant in Winterthur (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Junior Risk Consultant in Winterthur (Switzerland)

    I worked at SunGard part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was working with very skilled and friendly colleagues. My tasks were interesting and I felt as a full team-member right from the start.

    Cons

    Nothing to criticize really, it was the perfect job at that time for me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SunGard full-time

    Pros

    Nice of local management team.
    Many products of financial domain which can help technical engineer to learn financial business.

    Cons

    It seems the cost control will be more and more important than ever.
    Many product's technology are too old and company have no willing to improve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some real things for the engineering, they're the fundament of a IT company.

  10.  

    Disappointed to have been let go.

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    As an organization they appear to be switching from a strategy of growth through acquisition to one of integration and business development. This is encouraging to see. Now developing core technology strategy and communicating to staff more often. Proactive management development programs. Promoting environmental awareness.

    Cons

    Need less of a focus on lean management principles. Pushing a lot of work offshore which will reduce their ability to support local clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The leadership have a clear vision and are moving towards it. The strategy change may be a little jarring for staff but I think the company will become stronger for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Successful Business Unit Relies on Limited Resources and Underpaid Employees

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    The people in my former business unit are talented, hardworking, and resourceful. They routinely faced and conquered a mountain of industry and client led deliveries with limited resources. Benefits were good. Vacation policy is outstanding - up to five weeks off depending on your tenure. Ability to telecommute once a week was also a plus. Depending on your position, a good work/life balance is possible.

    Cons

    Compensation is below industry standards. Business unit leadership has a lack of appreciation for efforts required to successfully support certain products and clients. Office morale is dismal. Quality work is often not rewarded or even recognized in a significant way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The pool of raise/bonus money allocated yearly for business units to divide among the many deserving employees is insufficient. The yearly review process is terrible. Career opportunities are lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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