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Once a good place to work, but don't even try now

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Former Employee - Program Manager  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY

I worked at Sun Microsystems

Pros

Direct management was very supportive in career development, work/life balance, and colaboration. There was plenty of room to move your career around in the company once you made the right contacts. The ability to work virtually was an excellent benifit.

Cons

You spent half your time fighting internal battles to try to get any work done. It was difficult sometimes to get to the right person to get the job done. Interal processes made it difficult to do business in a timely manner. Senior level management was disconnected with the field and placed importance on processes that weren't revenue generating and held no value.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get back in touch with your teams in the field so you can find out what they truly need to get business done. Stop implementing tools and processes then not follow through only to try again a few years later. It's a waste of time and training.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Very Flexible work environment, BUT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and fair compensation.

    Cons

    Lack of career path, growth and promotions. Management team is questionable. Sun lacks a clear and concise direction for a company of this size. Sun tries to enter numerous markets with limited revenue streams. The company is shrinking so career opportunities are limited. People at Sun tend to either work very long hours and others hardly do any work. This is a drag on the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear direction for business, get rid of more dead wood, focus on profitable business areas and shed the others.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Flexible work environment!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Amazingly flexible work environment. Good work/life balance, most managers are flexible
    on both work daily hours and time off for appointments. Benefits used to be excellent but
    are moving to average or slightly above average.

    Cons

    Little chance for advancement as there are few job openings due to frequent layoffs. Many senior people are holding on to their positions. Little to no budget for education. Working in a ocmpany with nearly annual layoffs is a rough experiance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a set of products that we can deliver, we have probably twice as many products as we have people for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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