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Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
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Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 210 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 117 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins (in 75 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    technology and the way the company innovate

    Cons

    salary and the way the company is managed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of loyalty to current employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees are #1 asset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sun is setting. Period.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Sun is a great engineering and technology company. If you are an Engineer without too much desire in promotion, join this company. It treats engineers well. Of course, I don't think there will be more opportunities now with Sun. Also, very beautiful campus in Santa Clara.

    Cons

    I don't understand how this company is run / operated. I have no idea how good or bad the senior management is due to lack of direct interaction, but the mid management is terrible as I can feel from my own experience. This company should've already been out of business years ago (latest by 2005) but I guess the sale of real estates / properties to some extent supported the life. Also a lot of good politics players. Terrible operations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think I offered some recommendations and nobody really cared about. Nobody would rebell from within (to overturn himself when he is in a ruling position? no way) and only thing that could change this company is some external force - like an acquisition that is taking place now. I foresaw this long time before the official announcement of acquisition.

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

    Sun is a relic of the past - it is not what it was a decade ago

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Director in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    The work culture can be pretty casual and open. Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Managers can be tyrannic, ad-hoc, and downright prejudiced/ hostile. There are no internal checks and balances to avoid this. You are fine so long as you are in the good books of your manager. Performance and personal achievements are secondary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no leadership any more. Sunset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Frustrated

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    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer  in  Münichham (Germany)
    Current Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Münichham (Germany)

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Finally Sun has a good product portfolio again.

    Cons

    There is a big gap between what our top level management communicates and what our mid and lower level management does. My direct management and the one one level below the country manager do not care about the company. They simply follow orders in such a way as to best prepare themselves for what might happen in the future. It is not about what is best for the company it is about what is best for them thus demotivating people like me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our top level management should listen more closely to those who are in direct contact with the customer. If our mid and lower level management cannot motivate us then tlm has to step in and do something about it. Just imagine having a motivated sales, pre-sales and service force out there in the field.

    Doesn't Recommend
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