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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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  1.  

    A sinking ship with limited new products and declining sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great engineers with good ideas

    Cons

    Sinking Sales and stifling bureaucracy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Learning Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    -The people I was working with were great.
    -Provided me with a lot of valuable info
    -Was able to maintain a number of connections during my time working

    Cons

    - Day to day activities get boring at times.
    - Work can become repetitive and sometimes too mundane for my taste

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create a better work variety for employees and increase bonuses
    - Introduce some new techniques in implementing data into the system

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

    From Behind the Clouds, Sun Will Shine again!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Industry leading technology/Innovation and entrepreneurial spirit-company -well positioned with open source products-JAVA, MYSQL, Solaris 10, ZFS-just need to monetize this IP. Benefits are good and many smart people. X64 sales are driving business in new areas including linux,windows and VMware-but margins are poor. The challenge is to monetize open source IP and turn it into real $$$. Cloud computing will take years to recognize any real monetary benefit but need it to compete.

    Cons

    very bureacratic, political-senior management messaging is missing and the board of directors
    has shown little leadership. Now that Southeastern Asset Mgt owns 25%, you can expect changes-hopefully for the better. Stock price has gone down the tubes since the reverse stock split and morale is low due
    to uncertainty and announced layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget that people are the lifeblood of the company-need to reward them for performance. Otherwise, you will quickly find yourself with only mediocre people that will only be able to accomplish mediocre things. Cost cutting can help in the short term, but you are seriously harming the prospects for Sun's future.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Partly sunny - partly cloudy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Cant say there any "good" reasons at the present other than the fact that this company generally cares about its employees and treats them well. It was more so under Scott McNealy

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity, aging products and lay-offs around every corner!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop retreading the middle managers that have not performed and better/greater accountability for these managers.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work for, despite some unneeded bureaucracy at management level

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Easy Job, not too much pressure. If you are not too career-focused you can stay there forever without working too hard. Good benefits, good colleagues, good fun, great technology products!

    Cons

    Very unclear career path, inconsistent quality of Senior Managers. Too focused on revenue reporting, not enough on profit margins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the middle management bureaucracy - continue on delivering outstanding value to customers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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