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"From Behind the Clouds, Sun Will Shine again!!"

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Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY
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Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Industry leading technology/Innovation and entrepreneurial spirit-company -well positioned with open source products-JAVA, MYSQL, Solaris 10, ZFS-just need to monetize this IP. Benefits are good and many smart people. X64 sales are driving business in new areas including linux,windows and VMware-but margins are poor. The challenge is to monetize open source IP and turn it into real $$$. Cloud computing will take years to recognize any real monetary benefit but need it to compete.

Cons

very bureacratic, political-senior management messaging is missing and the board of directors
has shown little leadership. Now that Southeastern Asset Mgt owns 25%, you can expect changes-hopefully for the better. Stock price has gone down the tubes since the reverse stock split and morale is low due
to uncertainty and announced layoffs.

Advice to Management

Never forget that people are the lifeblood of the company-need to reward them for performance. Otherwise, you will quickly find yourself with only mediocre people that will only be able to accomplish mediocre things. Cost cutting can help in the short term, but you are seriously harming the prospects for Sun's future.

Other Employee Reviews for Sun Microsystems

  1. "Sun Micro: caveat emptor"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're in the right division/department, you can get lots of opportunity for exposure to cool technology. Most of the people who work there are great - very personable, relaxed but not slackers. There are some extremely bright people at Sun, and some of them actually know how to communicate their knowledge.

    Cons

    Though marketing itself as a meritocracy, this was not my experience. Though marketing itself as supportive of telecommuting, there was a blatant disregard of this policy at the discretion of VPs and managers - entire divisions were at one point prohibited from WFH - and this is direct contrast to the face put on by Sun to the community. That's called hypocrisy, not walking your talk, you name it. Sun is also a company in decline; the morale there, when I left, was extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    Hire someone who knows how to run a business. Start walking your talk regarding treatment of your employees.


  2. "Sun used to be a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sun was a very exciting place to work up until the last few years; leading technology, people who wanted to change things, and opportunities

    Cons

    Currently I don't think as highly of the senior management; Jonathan is a very smart man but he doesn't have the leadership and management skills to turn the company around. It's very political right now, and the company is trying to figure out where it wants to be

    Advice to Management

    Bring in an experienced CEO

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