Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
1,020 Reviews
4.1
1,020 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
Lawrence J. Ellison
79 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

160 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Alright

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Got a good pay, and a good experience

    Cons

    Horrible bosses, hard to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a bit better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Has a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Business model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Lack of leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

    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
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Experience in Sun

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

    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
  6.  

    unknown future,even after acquisition by oracle

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for less than a year

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sun was a great company

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brutal work ethic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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
  10. 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Didn't enjoy it here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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

Worked for Sun Microsystems? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.