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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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for starting your career in IT.

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time

    Pros

    Lots of scheduled days off during regular rotation. Layer 1 and 2 networking. Exposure to a wide range of technologies that customers employ. Job security looks good in the future.

    Cons

    No room for growth unless you want to relocate to US or become management. Salary below average for data centre jobs. Schedule changes without notice frequently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of variety - unsure of overall direction

    • 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 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
  3.  

    Good and bad things as with all places

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
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  5.  

    Sr. Netbackup Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great place to learn

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Availability to many different technologies.

    Salary/Compensation is at or above market

    Cons

    Product development is nonexistent and lacks forward thinking.

    Outsourcing strategy has not worked. India is no longer a cost savings initiative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a few new products and stabilize the current service offerings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Chaotic, disorganized and stuck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Decent co-workers, good work/life balance

    Cons

    No chance to advance, disorganized and no plan on where the company is going. It is in a very tough place right now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management can't do anything because their management is stuck as well. It has to come from the top layer and they just want to sell the company to cash out $$

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Old Boys Network; Tow The Line or Leave

    • 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 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
  10.  

    Working for SG Availibility Sevices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Support Engineer in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great dedicated people working for SG

    Cons

    Continuously trying to reinvent themselves. Downsizing the last few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the small companies. They turn into big companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Ten little Indians

    • 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 Availability Services

    Pros

    Many many many Executives to talk to when you are not busy.

    A tremendous amount of technology from which to learn.

    Cons

    I just escaped from my jail cell. If you get this message send food and water.

    Many changes occurring to get the Business righted. Those that resist change would not survive here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop holding meetings to ask employees ideas just so you can complete a checklist item to cash in your bonus at the end of the year. Asking for advice and then ignoring it gets old.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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