Sungard Availability Services

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Sungard Availability Services Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
278 Reviews

2.8
278 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 14 reviews)

  • great place to learn new skills (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Most of the upper management has only been with the company 3 years or less (in 20 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to start your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Well known in Disaster Recovery Services. Presents good opportunities if you are in right hands. Salary is good. Work life balance is awesome.

    Cons

    Your tenure does not bring you any glamour. You will be always treated as a new employee.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I have been very happy at Sungard.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Manager  in  Thornton, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Thornton, CO (US)

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is the best. Benefits are good and you get 2 weeks vacation, sick time and holidays.

    Cons

    The annual raises suck so make sure you get paid what you want when you accept your job offer. Also, in my position there is no room for advancement, but the company says they support you to grow and learn and advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch the rates of the employees share for benefits. You cannot give a general 2% raise every year and have benefits go up by double that. Keep focusing on the product and stay on top of the market - don't play catch up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Its okay to work place

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awsm work life balance. Good Package

    Cons

    Very less learning opportunities. Politics inside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to provide more chances to employee for learning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good shop

    • 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

    Pros

    Great place to work, very challenging! Something new almost all the time, if you like to do more than just daily break fix stuff this is the shop for you!

    Cons

    Its a big corporate setting, you don't get that family feeling outside of the team your in. Inner team is great! You will work with some of the titans in the business, but outside of that I feel management does not care much about staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your focus on business, but don't forget who keeps you guys in business. Show a little love to the worker bees and it will come back 10 fold.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent place to build an IT sales resume

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Money is pretty good. Great training.

    Cons

    Bad tools. Management in constant state of flux. High turnover.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recent Re-Org was a case of Fire, Ready, Aim.

    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management finally realized they needed to align their lines of business. Theoretically, this will improve hybrid solution ideas and development. Work-life balance can be found as long as you are flexible. The company has a decent customer base and is working on building competencies, especially for complex IT solutions. Compensation is fair, as are benefits.

    Cons

    Too much change going on at once makes it difficult to know how to get things done. Politics have come into play. Product development isn't held accountable for their results. Certain teams are critical to success and yet remain starved from resource and investment. Management doesn't seem to know how where bottlenecks exist to address constraints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While the re-org will eventually align efforts more efficiently, it also took on too much change at once. Global alignment, ITIL organization structure changes on top of consolidated products is causing too much distraction at a time when there's a need for focus. Senior management changes brought in new leadership who did not have enough understanding of how much change they were about to inflict. Senior management should have planned these changes and listened to a managers across lines of business before pulling the trigger.

    Recognize the teams which are bottlenecks in our solution pipeline and give them help. This would accelerate our go to market strategy.

  8.  

    Good place to learn about and touch different technologies.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Service Delivery Engineer  in  Carlstadt, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Service Delivery Engineer in Carlstadt, NJ (US)

    I worked at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you are a self-learner and want the freedom to tinker with different technologies and hardware, then this is the place. But that's about it.

    Cons

    Constant loom of layoffs, poor communication between staff and management, currently under-staffed, no upward mobility within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is what you make of it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer  in  Philadelphia, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Network Engineer in Philadelphia, PA (US)

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you demonstrate that you can handle responsibility, you'll get it, assuming you have a good manager.

    Cons

    If you're ambitious, management role vacancies are few and far between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication from the top down are few and far between. We hear from the CEO once a quarter, but in between him and the individual contributors, the business objectives of the managers are a mystery.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Positive

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time

    Pros

    The majority of employees are great people.

    Cons

    Salary freezes have impacted moral.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager Senior Systems Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Systems Engineering  in  Wood Dale, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Manager Systems Engineering in Wood Dale, IL (US)

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging opportunity to support Disaster Recovery customers in both DR planning and execution.

    Cons

    Company has gone through many RIF's over the past few years. It appears they are going through extensive reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen well and consider thoughts and opinions of long term employees when offered.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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