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Working as an intern in Sun

 
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Hi, I'm a university junior who is currently working as an intern under the Support Services department of Sun Microsystems. Today it's the first day at work out of school and what I'm facing all day long is Sun Enterprise Server and UltraSparc workstations. I'm still not familiar with the employees around although they are quite kind. I can surf the Net with high speed and read Solaris Manuals but no work to do.
I guess, everyone starts his/her first job like this. It's really hard time for you to finally prove capable and be accepted.
I'll meet you guys at this forum all through my summer vocation.
See you.
Laudney
 
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You are just starting out in cooperate America. I wish you lots of luck. It has been a number of years since I started my first corporate job as an engineer at Ford Motor Company. I have since worked in a large sampling of different companies. I have never worked at Sun, although Ford sent me to training at Sun a number of times. You should keep us posted on your experiences. I would very much like to hear about them. Do not except that your skills and capabilities will be recognized and lead you to fast promotion. Depending on your manager, the more capable you are, the less you will have to do, or sometimes, you are given everyone's work to do because they can't do it, but you will get no more pay or recognized. I will give you my situation as an example. The company I work for now is a large satellite communication company. The company grew very quickly during those years when employees were hard to find and I think they ended up hiring a bunch of "idiots" with the better employees going to companies that paid a little better. I was hired to train and develop training materials for new employees in electronics and computers. I also teach computer programming at night at a local college and am certified in a number of states to teach computer programming at college level. For two years I have set with very little to do. I have an EE and my manager has a degree in early childhood education. I set and do nothing all day while the electronics and computer information is developed and taught by two English majors and a person with no college at all. If anyone wants a good laugh, they should ask me to forward the latest computer guide. However, I think the best example was when I read a manual on repairing some of our equipment. It starts with "This is a power supply, it supplies the power or 'juice' to the equipment. This is the main board, it is the brains of the equipment. And then it got bad. Keep in mind that the people they were training have at least associates degrees in electronics and some have EEs. I think my manager is intimated by my skills and experience. One would hope that Sun is managed a bit better. Do keep us posted as the summer progresses. And some day if you want to hear some real horror stories, I can tell my husband's experiences. He has an MBA from Harvard and is a CPA. He works for the same company. This is his first job in the US. His family owns a number of computer cabling factories in Asia and I think he may soon give up on working for an American company. It is no mistake when we hear about the big companies failing.
 
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Laudney
Congrats on the internship!! Sounds like it could be very intersting and quite possibly lead to more opportunities in the future.
I read Pams reply and want to let you know that not all companies are like that, yes of course, there are some bad ones, but I liek to think that fo the most part you're going to have decent managers and will get to learn and expand your skills and be recognized for the work you do.
Good luck and let us know how it works out for you.
 
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About a month ago I began working/interning at a company that develops custom web/data solutions. For several weeks, I sat there twidling my thumbs and creating random, useless programs. Then, I became Java 2 certified and my company started me on one of their major projects. I'm currently working like crazy to get my stuff done, and loving every moment.
Hope your job picks up soon,
-Stu
 
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Hi, it's so nice for me to hear from you.
On the second day, I was totally bored in the morning for I didn't have anything to do. I felt useless and ignored, which made me drowsy.
The first 3 hours in the afternoon were no different. Then, at the lowest possible state, I was called by the boss and asked about what I intended to learn during the next 5 weeks. Then, after a short talk, he wanted me to design the company internal training site, with the help of an engineer and I was able to use Sun Sparc Ultra Workstation from then on.
Most excitingly, the work involves JSP and JDBC, thus providing me a great opportunity to gain practical experiences.
Now, I am fully involved in the work and enjoys it.
I'll update my experiences continuously, such as my view of Sun employees' daily lives.
Laudney
 
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