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

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Current Employee - SE Manager in New York, NY
Current Employee - SE Manager in New York, NY
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

Wake up, talk to the CUSTOMER! Stop all the placating to cronies!

Other Employee Reviews for Sun Microsystems

  1. "Easy place to work but don't expect that what you are working on will ever see the light of day and make money ..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very easy place to work. The iWork (work from home) program is nice especially as the teams tend to be distributed. Engineering management is quite old fashioned with waterfall methods and some milestone development which makes for not very many deadlines.

    Cons

    The total lack of competent management at all levels with only some minor exceptions at the every lowest level. It is also a big public company so they spend money on salaries but getting resources is like getting blood from a stone. My biggest issue coming from my startup background is that there is very little business input in what is done but rather a collection of random things that are technically interesting for the people working on them.

    Advice to Management

    Quit before you go backwards any more. A completely fresh look at things is required looking outwards not the current inwards looking management.


  2. "Great company dragged down by incompetent management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with a group of talented Sun employees
    Good salary and benefits package

    Cons

    Lack of security - could be laid off any day due to yet another "new direction". Employees too more concerned with surviving to be able to perform to the best of their abilities.
    Incomprehensible methods of awarding bonuses,
    Internal politics. Too many people building their own "empires" and competing with other groups rather than looking out for the overall good of the company.
    Too much outsourcing. Contractors do what's best for them and their company, not what's best for Sun.

    Advice to Management

    Take back control instead of outsourcing to incompetent contractors.
    Give employees back a sense of job security

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