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  • Income, Training, Work from home (in 209 reviews)

  • Good work / life balance exists, (in 118 reviews)

Cons
  • Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business (in 76 reviews)

  • Lack of clear vision for the company's future and inertia of middle management (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Alright

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems as an intern (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Got a good pay, and a good experience

    Cons

    Horrible bosses, hard to do

    Advice to Management

    Do a bit better


  2. Sun Communications Suite: Internet messaging and Calendar Client/Serer Suite

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Has a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Business model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.


  3. Lack of leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, good people to work with

    Cons

    Poor salaries, bungling by management

    Advice to Management

    No point now! Oracle is hopefully doing a better job


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  5. Experience in Sun

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free, learn new techs, open, can work at home, life and work balance.

    Cons

    Revenue is declining, losing market, cannot saw X86 opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Targeting to market, not tech


  6. unknown future,even after acquisition by oracle

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    easy atmosphere,interesting technologies and smart people

    Cons

    unknown future,even after acquisition t

    Advice to Management

    get back to basics,2 much politics


  7. Helpful (1)

    Sun was a great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Storage Sales in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Storage Sales in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People
    Good Products
    Perfect Location
    Solaris was awesome!

    Cons

    Company lost focus
    Services contracts were taken away form the partners

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the customer - listen to them


  8. Helpful (2)

    Brutal work ethic

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large corporation that has many opportunities

    Cons

    Highly political environment where brown nosing takes precedence over skills

    Advice to Management

    Ease up and you'll get more production out of your employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    A once great company. Its acquisition was probably the best thing that could happen.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Professional Level V in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Professional Level V in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume.
    Great rank and file with a very high intelligence level and a lot of drive.
    Engineering staff at the contributor level is as good as it gets.

    Cons

    Pay and promotion have nothing to do with your achievement and contribution and are based on ones loyalty and servitude to your / upper management, whose motivation is based solely on their own advancement and power. Of course there is some level of that in "every" organization...at least at the location I was at for seven years, it is detrimental to the operations when the good ol' boys and girls network is the only way to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Larry taking over was probably the best thing that could have happened, but a good thorough house cleaning from mid-level on up is in order.


  10. Helpful (3)

    A reasonable place for a junior engineer but a lousy place for those who with career growth and development on mind.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There was a reasonable environment for a junior engineer to get going for a few years of experience. Beyond that, it's a bad place to hang around because of the bad senior management leadership and bad middle management leadership.

    Cons

    Senior leadership roles tend to reward those who bringing the messages they want to hear to
    re-assure themselves that they are seemingly doing the right thing. Middle management leadership roles follow the policy set by the senior management roles. It's like a herd following
    a blind lead.

    Advice to Management

    Stop amusing themselves with the message of their own preference. Talk to people in the
    trenches or closer to the trenches to understand the reality so as to readjust their understanding
    and their dreams.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Didn't enjoy it here

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Good work / life balance. Nobody worked long hours.
    - Benefit was good. They even matched 401K contribution.
    - Gym was nice.

    Cons

    - Boring project. Just fixing bad software somebody else wrote.
    - Coworkers not working hard.
    - If you perform well, people will dislike you.

    Advice to Management

    I do not have any advice on the senior management because Sun Microsystems does not exist any more. I did like Mr. Schwartz's parting haiku, though.



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