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

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - SE Manager in New York, NY
Current Employee - SE Manager in New York, NY

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

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

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    Nice working environment, but questionable long-term strategy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Flexibile environment - work from home, interesting technologies to work on, many naturally good people, possibility to work on open source. Nice company culture, good possibilities of career growth (if you find the right manager), reasonable salaries, flexible working hours. Possibilities to work with the community outside of the company and visit technology conferences - which is good for education.

    Cons

    Questionable long-term strategy, bad execution of middle management, many undeserved promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on building products that sell well to build continuous long term profitability

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The Sun is setting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    The people. There's still many dedicated, hard working employees. Unfortunately with the lack of direction and vision, it's difficult to succeed.

    I will say, compensation and benefits are still attractive/competitive. How else can they keep employees in a company that isn't doing well?

    On the work/life balance, Sun has always been at the forefront. They are heavy proponents of people working from home, actually encourage it over having an office.

    Cons

    Senior management is innefective. The same strategies that were implemented and failed are reintroduced every 4 years or so as new ideas...only to fail again!

    Another critical downside is the company's obsession with centralizing functions only to decentralize them a couple of years later. This hurts productivity, effectiveness and morale.

    Speaking of morale, how great can it be when there are large layoffs every quarter and smaller ones every month? Very depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs to replaced. Communicate less and more action!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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