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Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 209 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 118 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins (in 76 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't know how to monetize (in 49 reviews)

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    Once a good place to work, but don't even try now

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Direct management was very supportive in career development, work/life balance, and colaboration. There was plenty of room to move your career around in the company once you made the right contacts. The ability to work virtually was an excellent benifit.

    Cons

    You spent half your time fighting internal battles to try to get any work done. It was difficult sometimes to get to the right person to get the job done. Interal processes made it difficult to do business in a timely manner. Senior level management was disconnected with the field and placed importance on processes that weren't revenue generating and held no value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back in touch with your teams in the field so you can find out what they truly need to get business done. Stop implementing tools and processes then not follow through only to try again a few years later. It's a waste of time and training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Management needs to wake up and talk to the CUSTOMER! Stop all the placating to cronies!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SE Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - SE Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Great technology company, R&D are always thinking. They encourage remote telecommuting, maybe too much sometimes. Very “Green” Environment friendly. They encourage and promote volunteerism in the community.

    Cons

    Mediocrity is king. I do not know if it’s the constant bloodletting, but no one has any fire in the belly. They are lead by technology, and never ask the customer what they want or need. They create a piece of hardware and say, let the industry figure out how they want to use it? None of the business units talk or COOPERATE with each other. "Reliable" Internal data is impossible to come by, everyone can have their own web page and put any MISinformation they want out there, and product managers put NO information out there! Management is so focused on OPEX, they cut their nose off to spite their face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, talk to the CUSTOMER! Stop all the placating to cronies!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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