Sungard Availability Services

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Sungard Availability Services Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
298 Reviews
2.6
298 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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

    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
  2.  

    Exciting Jobs

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Vast opportunities on technology side, good pay, flexible working hours. Flexible working hours and location. Employees are given free hand. Job profile is enriched including technical and customer exposure.

    Cons

    Heavy work loads causing stress sometimes. No good tools for handling day to day operations is another reason. Management could show more maturity in standardizing SOP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work for more Standardization of processes and Use proficient tools

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck

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

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

    Pros

    Individual people can be really excellent to work with.

    Cons

    The culture at this company is not good. Nobody wants to take accountability, particularly in the upper echelons, executive management likes to try to pass off reorganizations as actual problem-solving, we are saddled with a president and CEO who is incapable of turning the company around, and there is no real opportunity to advance. Everybody gets stuck at this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change executive management now. This should have happened years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid this company

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work with new technologies

    Cons

    little advancement, no training, Ships jobs abroad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train employees, Take care of the workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sinking faster than the Titanic. Cannot hire or retain quality because new hires quit after a week.

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    If you are an incompetent middle manager, you will definitely go very far at this company, especially if your mentor is an equally incompetent Director or VP.
    If you are as equally skilled at shirking responsibility as you are at taking credit for the stellar results achieved by the team you manage (when you decide on those rare occasions not to work from home in your pajamas), you will go far with this company.
    If you are a misogynistic follower of radical Islam and believe that the women who work for you should not voice their opinions, you will go far with this company.

    Nothing like working with a cross-functional team on a Thursday and then learning the next Monday that 75% of the people you just worked with were terminated the previous Friday.
    It is just so great to continually be overworked because the managers who are supposed to be supporting and helping us meet our organizational goals are on back to back "productivity" conference calls four hours a day at least.

    Cons

    There are over fifty persons who have titles like VP of Sales, SVP of Sales, EVP of Sales and yet each has fewer than five people reporting to them, or should I say "him", as this company absolutely refuses to promote more than a token handful of females into upper management. Customers are leaving left and right because their Sales person changes with the seasons.
    Middle and upper management is entrenched and settled in for a long drawn out battle, which they expect to win since they have been with the company long enough to know where the bodies are buried.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting radical Islamic beliefs...women are just as competent (often more) as the men you are hiring and going out golfing with (for team building of course, in the middle of a busy work day, leaving the non-favored to pick up the slack).
    Stop trying to please everyone by setting conflicting organizational goals and only telling certain people what they are. You should not tell one business unit to tell a customer that they cannot have a specific service or product until they pay for it and then tell a different business unit that the customer must always be given what they want, when they want it, or they might take their business elsewhere.
    News flash!!! Customers ARE taking their business elsewhere, because of this company's managerial incompetence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    The worst management I have had in 20 years of Telecommunications

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network in Thornton, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Network in Thornton, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great schedule and days off. $.25 sodas. Most of the employees are great people and work hard.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. If you are not part of the crowd, you will get no where. Management broke promise after promise for the 7 years I was there. If your dad is a VP you will probably get promoted. Processes are not documented, and are verbally communicated. Processes change daily. Micromanagement is at peak levels. Supervisors are not technical, and can not answer questions. They are friends with the director though, so that must be a good thing. The director has no clue about technology and came from the food industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all managers and supervisors. Find management that has real experience. Stand up for your employees, and grow a spine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Easy Company to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services

    Pros

    Less Work Pressure, Work Life Balance

    Cons

    Small company , No OnSite Oppirtunity

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sr. Director Technology Innovations

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

    I have been working at Sungard Availability Services full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and the people are willing to work

    Cons

    - No Vision
    - Sr. Leadership turnovers too quickly
    - No Innovations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote Innovation, create a vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mixed

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    The greater industry is interesting. The executive management leadership seems more interested in attempting to retain revenues than in growing revenues.

    Cons

    Company benefits are poor. Compensation is poor. Leadership is focused on past products and processes. The culture is siloed and does not communicate well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the future and not the past. Senior management needs to be more innovative and not so wedded in the past.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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