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Good place to work for, despite some unneeded bureaucracy at management level

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Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY
Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in New York, NY

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

Pros

Easy Job, not too much pressure. If you are not too career-focused you can stay there forever without working too hard. Good benefits, good colleagues, good fun, great technology products!

Cons

Very unclear career path, inconsistent quality of Senior Managers. Too focused on revenue reporting, not enough on profit margins.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Cut the middle management bureaucracy - continue on delivering outstanding value to customers

Recommends
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    Hungry for success stay away..work life balance and lifestyle a key reason to come in to work then Sun in a great place.

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    Former Employee - Senior, Engineering Manager in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior, Engineering Manager in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    If you want a place that will offer you low expectations, low stress, good lifestyle choices, and most of all a great work life balance, especially if you are raising children, then this is a good culture to be a part of.

    Cons

    Hungry to grow and yearning for growth, ambitious, then not a place. A zero to negative growth org will not offer you the opportunities for growth, unless the folks at the next level up leave or get laid off. Getting fired is even rarer than in the government, Want to be a part of a performance driven culture where you will be held accountable then not a place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new blood at the top. Look at what Michael Dell with his direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    The environment is poisoned so gauge your tolerance for unhealthy work places against your need for the job.

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    They have a work from home program for eligible employees that can save gas, time and frustration by avoiding the commute. Your ability to utilize the program is dependent upon the sentiments of your manager. There are some who don't seem to understand the value of the program, but most do.

    There are some very nice, hardworking and talented people there at Sun that makes working with the regular folks a pleasure. For those so inclined, there are some good opportunities to try new things and gain new experiences due to the constantly changing organization and lack of funding to hire outside resources.

    Cons

    Sun has been suffering since the internet bubble burst. Unfortunately the turnaround has been very slow with frequent layoffs since 2001 that continue to this day. That has led to a very depressing work environment. People are afraid of losing their jobs and as a consequence people agree to do whatever is asked of them, no matter how good or bad it may be.

    The efforts at making a turn around have slowly led to a small profit. The layoffs continue but the work load doesn't seem to lessen. In fact, as the work force shrinks the work load increases. There have been no raises for the majority of workers over the last few years with only the top 10% of the employees seeing raises (depending on the organization's policy).

    With the ongoing layoffs, lack of raises and work pressures, morale is very low. As can be imaged people are leaving on their own to escape the bad environment. Sun has had a great culture, but that has been nearly destroyed over the last several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sun management has two main problems: First, they need to slow down the reorganizations so that the people can learn their roles and relationships and get good at them. They need to have some consistency with front line managers so that employees have a chance to learn their managers (and vice versa) so they can have a better chance of getting a fair revue and career development.

    Secondly, Sun is barely scraping by with the current marketing plan that has us giving away the software. None of it's competitors do that, and they are all doing better than Sun. It doesn't appear to be a sustainable strategy for making money from customers, especially considering the inability of Sun to monetize the free software through services.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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