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"Good place for engineers"

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Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Very nice to engineers. flexible. innovative. good compensation.

Cons

bad upper management. don't understand software as a business

Other Employee Reviews for Sun Microsystems

  1. "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


  2. "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.

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