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Great people, great job, poor management

Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
Melbourne (Australia)

ProsThe work-life flexibility is great -- as long as the job gets done, no one will be breathing down your neck or checking timesheets to see how late you got in or how early you left. The chance to work with some really brilliant people -- unlike the management hierarchy, even if you are the lowliest pleb, if you are smart and know what you're talking about, the senior technical folks will be willing to share knowledge and discuss issues with you. The opportunity to learn about technology -- lots of neat things happen at Sun, you can always jump into a "virtual team" (in your own time) and contribute and learn lots.

ConsManagement incompetence, a lack of leadership, some technical careers will result in a career plateau -- it is, for example, very difficult to move to the "next level" when you reach the top Tech Support level.

Advice to Senior ManagementExecute well, listen to your employees, focus on customer satisfaction, don't chase the short term dollar but instead focus on building the company up to last through the long term.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Imagine: Wiley Coyote pulling of his stunts while carrying Margaret Thatcher on his back all the time

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    I worked at Sun Microsystems


    Pros: Highly technical environment, intelligent coworkers, passion for innovation and exploration, pioneering technology, great quality standards, competitive and challenging market. Sun has been fighting an uphill… Cons: Line and Middle management focuses very strongly on "how to work" vs. "what to work on" in order to justify their own… Advice to Senior Management: Eradicate a few levels of middle management. Having to write reports for three different managers plus the line manager without ever being given a "downward… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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    Challenging times ahead for great SUN

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    Prague (Czech Republic)

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems


    Pros: There are many great people at SUN. Challenging work is everywhere - from developing Java, IDE, middleware to participate on defining standards. Usually engineers are… Cons: Middle management is forced to come up with creative ways how to make profit without any support from the higher management. Often heavily mismanaged projects,… Advice to Senior Management: Move away from strategies that don't work (don't repeat them all the time!), invest money into projects that are visionary immediately and not when the… More
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