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A great starting point

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Former Employee - Intern  in  Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems as an intern for more than a year

Pros

Junior employees given advanced responsibilities
Most business units staffed by thought-leaders in their verticals
Employees given carte blanche to pursue their own initiatives
Widespread adoption of work from home
Most business units able to iterate rapidly

Cons

Highly political corporate culture with little meritocracy despite plethora of talent
Little stability with most employees more preoccupied with job security than their actual job
Bias towards engineering has never been married to successful sales execution
Lack of brand awareness in SMB/SME/LE environments
Executive leadership apparently bent on running company into the ground

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit and hand the reins over to people that know what they're doing

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    I worked with some of the most brilliant and creative engineering and marketing professionals in Silicon Valley.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - The opportunity to work with capable, creative professionals.
    - Learning new skills.
    - Doing work on a large scale, involving global communities and thousands of end user customers.
    - Challenging, interesting work.

    Cons

    - Employee ranking system on a curve - couldn't (per the ranking sytem) have all excellent or all poor workers in a group.
    - Complacency by some employees resulting in decreased productivity, morale.
    - Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins. Management by whim in some cases. Haven't worked there since oracle purchased the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage to a greater degree based on results and customer feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Political backbiting and gossip at all levels

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities for career advancement if you are able to navigate the hyper competitive culture.

    Cons

    At every level of this company you will find backbiting and gossip. HR representatives are often the worst offenders. The gossip mongers are typically slackers who target the highest producers and try to harass them out of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of dead wood in the rank and file, wasting major time on gossip. Lots of political maneuvering in management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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