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Management needs to wake up and talk to the CUSTOMER! Stop all the placating to cronies!

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Current Employee - SE Manager  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - SE Manager in New York, NY

Pros

Great technology company, R&D are always thinking. They encourage remote telecommuting, maybe too much sometimes. Very “Green” Environment friendly. They encourage and promote volunteerism in the community.

Cons

Mediocrity is king. I do not know if it’s the constant bloodletting, but no one has any fire in the belly. They are lead by technology, and never ask the customer what they want or need. They create a piece of hardware and say, let the industry figure out how they want to use it? None of the business units talk or COOPERATE with each other. "Reliable" Internal data is impossible to come by, everyone can have their own web page and put any MISinformation they want out there, and product managers put NO information out there! Management is so focused on OPEX, they cut their nose off to spite their face.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Wake up, talk to the CUSTOMER! Stop all the placating to cronies!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other reviews for Sun Microsystems

  1.  

    Great products, smart people, flexible work environment and good come-back potential if you can brave the RIFs

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Sun has a great line-up of well-respected products, smart people, extremely flexible hours and work location. Engineering-driven culture of innovation. Plus, Sun has innovative leadership at the top with Jonathan Schwartz who is pushing the boundaries of transparency and openness. His open source strategy could work extremely well if middle management can get in line with the program.

    Cons

    Sun's many problems include poor morale, too-low budgets, resourcing problems, constant layoffs and middle management not in line with CEO Schwartz's open source strategy. You could also list engineering-driven culture of innovation as a downside because engineers often need help with marketing and business requirements. Bad politics and innovators dilemma are going strong and Sun can't seem to eat it's own babies -- i.e. make it's own products obsolete -- if Sun doesn't eat 'em somebody else will.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your managers in line with the open source program, they're making enemies of your best allies

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Sun needs a turn around expert.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule and work at home program. The total compensation package. Recognition for a job well done. Most bosses let you perform your job with the same latitude as running your own business.

    Cons

    Very little chance for advancement and career growth. Becoming stagnant in the market place. Rumors of company being for sale. Bonuses tied more to corporate profits therefore giving employees little control over their destinies. Employee ratings are based upon a scale and therefore, very few people can receive top performance ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change out the current CEO. Need a corporate turn around expert quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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