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  • But Sun was novel in many areas such as company-wide work from home policies before it became trendy (in 212 reviews)

  • Employee friendly, great work life balance (in 124 reviews)

Cons
  • unclear how open source focus can grow a business (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Extremely low employee morale - No (negative) growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - If you like working in companies, where there is no accountability and you don't want to grow, this is the
    - No one comes to Sun office on Friday. I can hardly count the people on my floor every Friday morning. There are
      more janitors in the building on Friday than employees on each floor.
    - Politics, politics, more politics....if you like it, this is the place for you
    - If you know you to suck up despite you not knowing anything, this is the place for you...tons and tons of examples..

    Cons

    - Software products are extremely lowsy. The only standout product out of this is core - rock solid Solaris. The company
      does not know how to leverage its strength from Solaris and Java. All software group applications suck big time. Why do you think customers don't use it..
    - More than 80% of the managers and directors and VPs are no better than smart program managers
    - your career will be pretty much screwed if you stay here for more than 2-3 hours.
    - No external company or organization value most of the engineers from Sun. I haven't seen any manager moving out of Sun in the last 2-3 years unless they were affected by RIF - why since no one wants Sun "People Non-technical" managers

    Advice to Management

    - Jonathan to step down and appoint some other capable individual to lead the company
    - Stop the non-sense open source whatever
    - Cut down on 50% of the existing software product line
    - Of the remaining 50%, make VPs and directors accountable for their products
    - Remove all non-technical directors and managers and get technical managers, who know how to meet their schedule and delivery quality produts
    - Focus on productizing Java license revenues
    - Leverage rock solid Solaris strengths
    - Don't give out products for free, customers don't want them anyway
      Instead focus on selected key products, make them world class like Solaris and make customers pay for it. I bet
      customers, if they like it they will pay for it as they do for all quality products
    - Stop the whole flex office concept. Make people come to office every single day - engineering, marketing. sales, whatever, make them come to office and work.
    - remove 50% of the directorial, managerial and program management staff (like useless earmark spending)
    - keep tight lid on travel. so many directors I know have been travelling all around the world for simply no reason. Force people to use video conference.
    - cut down on capital budget.
    - and for folks who are left, give them something to motivate since the morale is absolutely low


  2. Helpful (2)

    "wastefull middle management and useless buddy system"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    allow time off and work from home when needed. this is abused by many people. Also the benefits package is great. The matching 401k is awesome. the pay is ok

    Cons

    the company allows alot of time off and allows one to work from home when needed but many abuse this privelege and take to many days off when they are needed.The stock optiosn used to be good but are useless now. Many "fun" events where people are screwing off and should be working. Many people take 2 hour lunchs and go to the gym then hit the cafeteria and treat the place like a country club. The privileges are being abused by smart people who are spoiled and should know better.
      The buddy system is alive and well and if your not in the club and kissing ass your not going to get anything more than a 3% raise if your lucky.

    Advice to Management

    get rid of useless middle management and get rid of the buddy system and hire qualified people


  3. Helpful (2)

    "I got eight different bosses Bob!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Hardware in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In our area the pay is slightly higher than other companies. All that does is retain unhappy and unmotivated employees.

    Cons

    Very poor executive management! They have been dubbed the Allegiance of Indecision. Decisions take too long, they are not based on any data (let alone correct data), and once made lack any direction or common sense on how to get things done.
    Basically its the old 'Office Space" movie. "...I got eight different bosses..." Just look at how many VP's, Directors, Managers, and Program Managers are within Sun. If you wonder why things are not better? Well... There are not many individual contributors to get things done. Those worker bees that do exist are either in a dream world or don't care. Work suffers, designs are late or just plain terrible, milestones missed, objectives poorly defined, and frankly executive management that just doesn't get it!

    Advice to Management

    Re-org! Get rid of our CEO, gut VP through Director Ranks by 75%, bring back those innovators like Joy, Gosling (sp?). Put them back to work and pull us back from the brink.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sun, the place where talent is wasted and profit is squandered"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none, you had to be part of the insiders to do anything

    Cons

    No one listens unless you are on the inside. Work here at your own risk. Do not expect to make changes. This is the Borg.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and move on. You have killed a great company.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "- Worst than government company..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - If you want to retire and enjoy working from home all the time without any interruptions.
    - if you are not interested in future growth prospects and/or jumping to other companies
    - like working for government companies with no accountability

    Cons

    - hopeless and beauracratic top management
    - directors and VPs and sr managers stay there for 10-14-20 years and don't even allow opportunities in management for other folks
    - no or simply extremely low morale
    - no one from other companies want to take you after working for Sun now a days..
    - absolutely no growth prospects whatsoever even for employees who stick around for more than 5 years

    Advice to Management

    - remove all ineffective directors and sr managers
    - stop working on all open source effort and instead channel those resources on actual sensible product solutions
    - close as many remote centers as possible (Colorado Springs, Austin, France, so many of them..)- these are all major cost centers
    - remove 50% of the program management staff
     - Finally, make people accountable for their products and revenues and fire directors, VPs and managers
    if they fail to meet goals. That's the only way, this company can progress..There is no other way except down if otherwise ..engineers here are very smart but management is hopeless...


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A company that has lost its direction and relevance to the industry. Who needs it?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are reasonable

    Cons

    Confused business strategy, constant reorganizations, lack of relevance to market place, deteriorating morale

    Advice to Management

    Replace Jonathan, establish and communicate a business and product strategy that clearly demonstrates the value that Sun delivers to marketplace and how the company can actually monetize that. Jonathon's current message consistently says: "We'll give our software away for free so that people use it, and that will create an opportunity where we hope we can make some money." He doesn't articulate how the company will actually do that, and the company has a very poor track record of making money on the basis of software. It's not a very convincing message.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "If you have other options consider them over Sun Microsystems."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in McLean, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sun is a large firm with ample resources to perform your tasks based on your own initiative. As with any firm performance against goals is paramount yet, management is so concerned about reaching goals they lose sight of employee support and retention. Management is quick to terminate should there be shortfalls.

    Cons

    Lack of managment support for employees. Layoffs are now part of business plan.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit and listen in an unbiased manner to employee feedback on management. I have observed that some exceptional employees were deliberately targeted for layoff such that revenue attainment was redirected to other employees that were more in favor with the manager's personal success. Sun has legacy employee pockets that need to be reengineered. i.e Storagetek


  9. "Hungry for success stay away..work life balance and lifestyle a key reason to come in to work then Sun in a great place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior, Engineering Manager in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior, Engineering Manager in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want a place that will offer you low expectations, low stress, good lifestyle choices, and most of all a great work life balance, especially if you are raising children, then this is a good culture to be a part of.

    Cons

    Hungry to grow and yearning for growth, ambitious, then not a place. A zero to negative growth org will not offer you the opportunities for growth, unless the folks at the next level up leave or get laid off. Getting fired is even rarer than in the government, Want to be a part of a performance driven culture where you will be held accountable then not a place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Need new blood at the top. Look at what Michael Dell with his direct reports.


  10. "The environment is poisoned so gauge your tolerance for unhealthy work places against your need for the job."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have a work from home program for eligible employees that can save gas, time and frustration by avoiding the commute. Your ability to utilize the program is dependent upon the sentiments of your manager. There are some who don't seem to understand the value of the program, but most do.

    There are some very nice, hardworking and talented people there at Sun that makes working with the regular folks a pleasure. For those so inclined, there are some good opportunities to try new things and gain new experiences due to the constantly changing organization and lack of funding to hire outside resources.

    Cons

    Sun has been suffering since the internet bubble burst. Unfortunately the turnaround has been very slow with frequent layoffs since 2001 that continue to this day. That has led to a very depressing work environment. People are afraid of losing their jobs and as a consequence people agree to do whatever is asked of them, no matter how good or bad it may be.

    The efforts at making a turn around have slowly led to a small profit. The layoffs continue but the work load doesn't seem to lessen. In fact, as the work force shrinks the work load increases. There have been no raises for the majority of workers over the last few years with only the top 10% of the employees seeing raises (depending on the organization's policy).

    With the ongoing layoffs, lack of raises and work pressures, morale is very low. As can be imaged people are leaving on their own to escape the bad environment. Sun has had a great culture, but that has been nearly destroyed over the last several years.

    Advice to Management

    Sun management has two main problems: First, they need to slow down the reorganizations so that the people can learn their roles and relationships and get good at them. They need to have some consistency with front line managers so that employees have a chance to learn their managers (and vice versa) so they can have a better chance of getting a fair revue and career development.

    Secondly, Sun is barely scraping by with the current marketing plan that has us giving away the software. None of it's competitors do that, and they are all doing better than Sun. It doesn't appear to be a sustainable strategy for making money from customers, especially considering the inability of Sun to monetize the free software through services.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Don't even think about it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Technical Minds. There are good long term technical veterans who also happen to be very nice;.

    Cons

    Worst Management, right from CEO to Exec VP's to VP's to Directors to Middle level Managers. Every one is lost and insecure. All the attempts for making sun big was a failure. VP's donot stay for more than a year. Growth is stagnant, Every week good people leave the company. People who stay at Sun is not because of passion, its because of insecurity or a place they would like to retire.

    Advice to Management

    A clean removal of weeds in the system have to be done, right from the CEO to the middle level managers. People have to survive in a company by pure performance nothing else..



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