Sunstream
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www.sunstreamcorp.com Kent, WA 16 to 50 Employees

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Great coworkers and other details, management can be frustrating

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Kent, WA

ProsThere are a lot of good employees and some managers at Sunstream. For whatever reason there are a lot of smart, nice people who work there. Plus, there are the typical benefits of a small company (progressive environment, flexibility, and good balance between home life and work life). The best (and maybe only) perk of working there is the week off between Christmas and New Years.

ConsDealing with management can be extremely frustrating. The owner gets involved in every facet of the business, many times preventing the (very competent) employees from even doing their job. It would be easier to swallow if the owner made decisions that seem to be good for the company - many times these decisions seem to be impulsive and poorly thought out. If you're proud of what you do, like to think for yourself, or have an ego this is not the place for you to work! Recently a pretty good top level manager was hired to lead a project but not given any authority to hold anyone to the schedule. This person was quickly (4mos employment) fired for the project falling behind. Hmm!

The other major con of working there is that no one in the entire company has been given a raise in years. In the meantime, the owner continues to hire and fire big salary positions and buy toys for himself. Whereas it is indeed his company, it is hard for employees to keep a good morale when years go by and the company is profitable and no one gets anything.

One of the typical cons of working at a small company is little to no room for advancement and it is no different at Sunstream. The organizational chart, if there was one, would be totally flat with one person directly managing all employees. And you can't be promoted to 'owner'. Period.

Advice to Senior Management1. Let your employees do their job. Your involvment should be limited to high-level decisions and a general course of progress.
2. Give your employees generous raises; you can afford it. The cost of living has increased DRAMATICALLY in the last few years.
3. Give people financial recognition. If a successful employee reaches his 10 year mark, give him a bonus. If a huge gov't project comes through successfully, give a bonus to key people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great products in marine world, but owner can undermine business practices and demotivate team members.

    Senior Management (Former Employee)
    Kent, WA

    I worked at Sunstream


    Pros: They pay well, exciting industry and great products, Ken is brilliant during interviews and during your "honeymoon" he will be your best promoter and cheerleader.… Cons: Expectations after you start can be 5 to 7 pages long, into silly minutia. At times, you may be pushed into situations that may unnecessarily… Advice to Senior Management: There is seemingly no insulation from the big leader but CYA works fairly well as a backup. Your first job is to insulate your… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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