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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
Approves of CEO

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    Don't even think about it.

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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

    Great Technical Minds. There are good long term technical veterans who also happen to be very nice;.

    Cons

    Worst Management, right from CEO to Exec VP's to VP's to Directors to Middle level Managers. Every one is lost and insecure. All the attempts for making sun big was a failure. VP's donot stay for more than a year. Growth is stagnant, Every week good people leave the company. People who stay at Sun is not because of passion, its because of insecurity or a place they would like to retire.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A clean removal of weeds in the system have to be done, right from the CEO to the middle level managers. People have to survive in a company by pure performance nothing else..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Still has a healthy heart.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    There is still a core cultural imperative to work hard and play hard, be smart, be innovative, be scrappy and be responsible for making something (good) happen. Sun is in the right business and has relevance to a variety of kinds of company, non-profit organization, government, etc. Sun has smart and experienced people. Some of the newer products are indeed the best in the industry, but many at Sun know that is not the entire game.

    Sun probably leads Silicon Valley in adjusting to new workstyles enabled by internet technology. It's been quite an adjustment and other companies will need to go through it.

    Cons

    Sun is missing top notch operations people. Sun thinks it's worthwhile to hire people in Asia for lower salaries at the cost of competence. These employees often need extra supervision, need special management, do a job that has to be undone, cannot be counted on doing the job, have different cultural norms about meeting commitments and end up costing the company more time and introducing land-mine type problems. Executive management has questionable passion and loyalty. As a company, Sun doesn't know what loyalty is; much less what the benefits of loyalty are. Sun has layoffs every year or more often than that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course once you've done good analysis. Products, markets, orgs take time to succeed.

    No opinion of CEO
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