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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

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Farnborough, Hampshire, South East England, England (UK)

    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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    Heading downhill rapidly

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems


    Pros: The only real reason to work for Sun is its Work from home program. Sun provides both the technology and a very responsive help… Cons: The constant need to change strategy and direction. You may start the year with a clear strategy and a few months down the line… Advice to Senior Management: Stop being so arrogant and disrespectful of those that work for you. You work in an environment where a majority of the employees work… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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