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Layoff Satisfaction Survey results: Sun Microsystem

February 11th, 2009 · 2 Comments

On January 23, we launched GeekMBA360.com Layoff Satisfaction Survey. The responses have been overwhelming as we heard from folks from many companies.

Last week, we released the first installment of our Layoff Satisfaction Survey result: Microsoft Employees spoke up! Layoff Satisfaction Survey Result. Two days ago, we released the survey result for AT&T.

Today, I would like to share some of the feedback we have received from former employees at Sun Microsystems. To protect confidentiality, the entire survey was conducted anonymously.

Which department did you work for at your former employer?

We have heard from folks working in Marketing Group and System Group.

How many days of advance notice did employees get from Sun Microsystems regarding the layoff?

Most people got 1-day of notice. One person got 6 day of advance notice.

What’s your severance package? (Salary, Medical, etc.)

  • 90 days salary 90 days medical
  • 4 weeks, plus 2 weeks for every year of service up to a maximum of 12 weeks. This applies to severance. COBRA lasts the same length of time.
  • 60-days of salary. A payment to forestall legal actions. COBRA.

What’s the reason you were given for getting laid off?

  • My job was eliminated as part of a cost reduction effort.
  • project not funded

What do you think is the real reason that you got laid off?

  • cost cutting
  • I’m over 50 years old. Every single person in my group who was laid off was over 50. I was the youngest one.

Please rate how your former employer communicated the layoff?

The average rating is Good.

Please rate your former employer’s management

The average rating is Good.

Please rate your severance package

The average rating is FAIR

What were your top frustrations working at your former employer?

  • Management made very inefficient use of employees.  Management of operations was terrible.
  • We weren’t even referred to as "people," but as "resources." Our direct managers were so concerned about managing up that they didn’t really listen to or care about the concerns of us peons. We received directives from on high that reflected no understanding of the actual work we did.
  • Behind the scene maneuvers.

What feedback do you have for your previous employer?

  • Operations should be the top priority of a manufacturer. Sun’s operations are worst in class overall and very inefficient.
  • Making us wait 2 months, right through the holidays, to find out if we were laid off was plain torture, and it killed productivity. We would have done anything for you, if only your greed hadn’t got in the way.
  • A technical ponzi scheme looks like this: phase 1: wild enthusiasm phase 2: disillusionment phase 3: panic phase 4: search for the guilty phase 5: punish the innocent phase 6: promote the non-participant.

What’s Next?

  1. Are you recently laid off and interested in sharing your experience? Please fill out our ongoing Layoff Satisfaction Survey
  2. Please read our Depression 2.0 Survival Guide for High Tech Professionals that provides hard-hitting, up-to-date, practical strategies, analysis, and tips to help high tech professionals to survive and beat Depression 2.0
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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ex-Sun Employee // Feb 25, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Interesting… I worked in Sun Services, I got 1 day notice, I am over 50. I kept asking for more work and was ignored. When I was out processed my ex-manager saiid Anything I can do let me know. I said maybe I ask for a reference and the reply was “Oh, we were told not to do that.”. Those that were left in my group, white, female, under 50 kind o' makes you wonder… Although Ian White and his failed iBis project still thrives I'll bet.
    I prefer this remain anonymous since I'm still collecting on my severence package.

  • 2 ex-Sun Employee // Feb 26, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Interesting… I worked in Sun Services, I got 1 day notice, I am over 50. I kept asking for more work and was ignored. When I was out processed my ex-manager saiid Anything I can do let me know. I said maybe I ask for a reference and the reply was “Oh, we were told not to do that.”. Those that were left in my group, white, female, under 50 kind o' makes you wonder… Although Ian White and his failed iBis project still thrives I'll bet.
    I prefer this remain anonymous since I'm still collecting on my severence package.

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