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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated June 12, 2014
Updated June 12, 2014
1,038 Reviews

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

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Has a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Business model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Lack of leadership

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, good people to work with

    Cons

    Poor salaries, bungling by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No point now! Oracle is hopefully doing a better job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Experience in Sun

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    Former Employee - SQA Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Targeting to market, not tech

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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

    Pros

    easy atmosphere,interesting technologies and smart people

    Cons

    unknown future,even after acquisition t

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get back to basics,2 much politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sun was a great company

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    Former Employee - Storage Sales  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Storage Sales in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    Great People
    Good Products
    Perfect Location
    Solaris was awesome!

    Cons

    Company lost focus
    Services contracts were taken away form the partners

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the customer - listen to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brutal work ethic

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Large corporation that has many opportunities

    Cons

    Highly political environment where brown nosing takes precedence over skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Technical Professional Level V  in  Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Technical Professional Level V in Hillsboro, OR

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Didn't enjoy it here

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Menlo Park, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good work / life balance

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    Former Employee - Group Product Marketing Manager  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Group Product Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Created work from home giving employees a modern way to work that balanced life and work in a fair way. Great technology and thought leadership. Lots of intereting products. The company was run by engineering

    Cons

    Didn't have a software business model that was sustainable. sun could never run software as a business, it was always a technology play. Sun was full of Sr people so no promotion opportunities,. The company was run by engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, they were all fired by Oracle so i guess that is the only statement that matters. Sun management failed to react to and/ see trends in the hardware and software markets so missed many opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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