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Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in New York, NY
Former Employee - Senior Advertising Manager in New York, NY

I worked at Sun Microsystems

Pros

Growth opportunities and flexible work space - from either home or the office.

Cons

Senior management needs to hire more people from out side of the company instead of promoting each other to positions that they have no background experience doing.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think more about the bottom line and being profitable.

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  1. Flexible Work Environment, But No Business Sense

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Sun has no hang ups about where and when employees work. If you are a "Knowledge Worker" you can literally work anywhere in the world and nobody cares. The only expectation is you show up to meetings on time and get your deliverables done when you say you will. If you need to take off time to go pick your kids up at school or go to a doctors appointment, nobody is going to say a word. Most of the time, people are so distributed that nobody will even notice. This is very liberating. If you have self discipline and need flexibility, this place could be perfect for you.

    Cons

    Sun has always been an engineering company and it shows in every aspect. This is to the detriment of both customer service and product cost (pricey products). Internally this is reflected in a "do your own thing" attitude that applies to everything from what kind of laptop you can run (Windows, Macs, Solaris, or whatever you'd like) to projects. There is a commonly held belief that there is an "infinite right of appeal". This basically means anyone can stop a project for pretty much any reason if they call high enough in the management chain. Then pissing matches ensue. Sometimes this results in more appeals. Also, the lack of focus on fundamental business practices (ROI, TCO, etc.) is apparent everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't sell the joint. Fix the problems. We have great products and people, they just need a better framework to work within.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Great company during dot com, but financial failings, constant RIF's hurt employee morale. Oracle takeover changes all.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    good benefits, good salary, good perks, smart people, involved in the community, sense of teamwork among employees, innovation contributed to advancements in computing technology

    Cons

    low morale due to constant RIF's, unclear business strategy, failure to monetize Java appropriately, acquisition target created uncertainty among employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward longtime employees with sense of job security

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    Disapproves of CEO
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