Sun Microsystems

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Former Employee - Partnerships in Menlo Park, CA
Former Employee - Partnerships in Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Terrific culture with lots of autonomy and investment in R&D. Very Global company with strong ties and relationships around the world. Innovative and always on the cutting edge of technology. Real spirit of collaboration and community.

Cons

Leadership lost its way. There was no real line of succession and ability to iterate and move forward quickly. Invested too much in 2-3 key verticals to the exclusion of others. Missed the boat completely on commodity computing.

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    Enjoyed the time there

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tech savvy, good people. Extremely entrepreneurial which is good for those people who prefer little structure in their corporate setting.

    Cons

    Decision making was too distributed. There were always a number of "chiefs" who needed to be involved with a decision which stifled our ability to execute more quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better luck next time.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Deep engineering oriented culture that values and encouraged innovation

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    . Deeply intellectual and very engineering-oriented culture
    . Valued innovation
    . Challenging technical problems to work on
    . Respect for the individual

    Cons

    . Loose management
    . Some lack of strategic and marketing clarity
    . Occasional policy of "drift"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    . Tighten management, while not losing the benefits of engineering satisfaction
    . Clarify strategic focus and long-term vision
    . Don't drift
    . Continue to respect the individual contributor and continue to encourage innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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