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Sun Microsystems Reviews in New York City, NY US

Updated Feb 13, 2014
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3.8 12 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home(in 210 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance(in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins(in 75 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't know how to monetize(in 49 reviews)

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    technical foresight with a business model that's less then ideal

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    Prosgreat engineering people, great minds, fun to work with and learn from

    Consquite a bit of organizational waste, lack of proper execution

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working for Sun Microsystems

    Technical Consultant (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsCollegiality of Employees, good upside salary potential.

    ConsUnreasonable expectations particularly when business went sour. No shared sacrifice

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management lacked vision. Hardware is commodity. Software and services, as evidenced by recent history, is the area where companies can profit and grow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    its superb

    Program Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    Proscompany take care of every employee and all employee have satisfaction in their work

    Consjob timings they should change the timings

    Advice to Senior Managementchange the timings

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A sinking ship with limited new products and declining sales

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGreat engineers with good ideas

    ConsSinking Sales and stifling bureaucracy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    Pros-The people I was working with were great.
    -Provided me with a lot of valuable info
    -Was able to maintain a number of connections during my time working

    Cons- Day to day activities get boring at times.
    - Work can become repetitive and sometimes too mundane for my taste

    Advice to Senior Management- Create a better work variety for employees and increase bonuses
    - Introduce some new techniques in implementing data into the system

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a good place to work, but don't even try now

    Program Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsDirect management was very supportive in career development, work/life balance, and colaboration. There was plenty of room to move your career around in the company once you made the right contacts. The ability to work virtually was an excellent benifit.

    ConsYou spent half your time fighting internal battles to try to get any work done. It was difficult sometimes to get to the right person to get the job done. Interal processes made it difficult to do business in a timely manner. Senior level management was disconnected with the field and placed importance on processes that weren't revenue generating and held no value.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back in touch with your teams in the field so you can find out what they truly need to get business done. Stop implementing tools and processes then not follow through only to try again a few years later. It's a waste of time and training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Let's make some money!

    Senior Advertising Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGrowth opportunities and flexible work space - from either home or the office.

    ConsSenior management needs to hire more people from out side of the company instead of promoting each other to positions that they have no background experience doing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink more about the bottom line and being profitable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    From Behind the Clouds, Sun Will Shine again!!

    Account Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsIndustry 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.

    Consvery 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 Senior ManagementNever 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Partly sunny - partly cloudy

    Account Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsCant say there any "good" reasons at the present other than the fact that this company generally cares about its employees and treats them well. It was more so under Scott McNealy

    ConsLack of opportunity, aging products and lay-offs around every corner!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop retreading the middle managers that have not performed and better/greater accountability for these managers.

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

    SE Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsMediocrity 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 Senior ManagementWake up, talk to the CUSTOMER! Stop all the placating to cronies!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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