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Former Employee - Circuit Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
Former Employee - Circuit Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems

Pros

flexible work schedule, telecommuting and remote offices, health benefits

Cons

micromanagement at its worse, teammates unsupportive and unhelpful

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Set realistic deadlines, and don't hire incompetent people

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    Good place to work, but may not keep up with changes in market compensation

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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

    Work life balance. Nice people. Know how to manage a telecommuting team. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Not succeeding at the time when I was there so there was a bad feeling about layoffs and budget cuts.

    I found the ~4%/year raise was not keeping up in the market with the value I was creating, and the skills that I was acquiring. As noted in my Advice section, I left for an MBA and easily got a job somewhere else for 2.5x what I was getting at Sun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to hire people back in to the company after they go get their MBA. I left to a Top-10 MBA program and spent 2 months trying to figure out a place to come back to, but nobody seemed to know what to do with an MBA or how to value it. So I ended up at another company that had clear ideas of what they wanted to use MBAs for making about 2.5x what I had left Sun at.

    Recommends
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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Great work at home program. Good balance between work and personal life.

    Middle management great to work with. Have great products.

    Cons

    CEO did not know how to lead. During the Oracle acquisition had us running around doing things and purchasing new apps. that made know sense since we knew Oracle would get rid of it once they took over. Clearly no direction at all starting in 2006.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They did it! Sold the company to the highest bidder.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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