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"A great starting point"

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Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Sun Microsystems as an intern (More than a year)

Pros

Junior employees given advanced responsibilities
Most business units staffed by thought-leaders in their verticals
Employees given carte blanche to pursue their own initiatives
Widespread adoption of work from home
Most business units able to iterate rapidly

Cons

Highly political corporate culture with little meritocracy despite plethora of talent
Little stability with most employees more preoccupied with job security than their actual job
Bias towards engineering has never been married to successful sales execution
Lack of brand awareness in SMB/SME/LE environments
Executive leadership apparently bent on running company into the ground

Advice to Management

Quit and hand the reins over to people that know what they're doing

Other Employee Reviews for Sun Microsystems

  1. "I worked with some of the most brilliant and creative engineering and marketing professionals in Silicon Valley."

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - The opportunity to work with capable, creative professionals.
    - Learning new skills.
    - Doing work on a large scale, involving global communities and thousands of end user customers.
    - Challenging, interesting work.

    Cons

    - Employee ranking system on a curve - couldn't (per the ranking sytem) have all excellent or all poor workers in a group.
    - Complacency by some employees resulting in decreased productivity, morale.
    - Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins. Management by whim in some cases. Haven't worked there since oracle purchased the company.

    Advice to Management

    Manage to a greater degree based on results and customer feedback.


  2. "Political backbiting and gossip at all levels"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities for career advancement if you are able to navigate the hyper competitive culture.

    Cons

    At every level of this company you will find backbiting and gossip. HR representatives are often the worst offenders. The gossip mongers are typically slackers who target the highest producers and try to harass them out of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of dead wood in the rank and file, wasting major time on gossip. Lots of political maneuvering in management.

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