Sun Microsystems
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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated Feb 18, 2014
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57% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Lack of leadership

Engineer (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

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

ProsFlexible work schedules, good people to work with

ConsPoor salaries, bungling by management

Advice to Senior ManagementNo point now! Oracle is hopefully doing a better job

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Experience in Sun

SQA Engineer (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

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

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

ConsRevenue is declining, losing market, cannot saw X86 opportunities

Advice to Senior ManagementTargeting to market, not tech

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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unknown future,even after acquisition by oracle

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clarita, CA

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

Proseasy atmosphere,interesting technologies and smart people

Consunknown future,even after acquisition t

Advice to Senior Managementget back to basics,2 much politics

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sun was a great company

Storage Sales (Former Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

ProsGreat People
Good Products
Perfect Location
Solaris was awesome!

ConsCompany lost focus
Services contracts were taken away form the partners

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to the customer - listen to them

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Brutal work ethic

Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
Broomfield, CO

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

ProsLarge corporation that has many opportunities

ConsHighly political environment where brown nosing takes precedence over skills

Advice to Senior ManagementEase up and you'll get more production out of your employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Technical Professional Level V (Current Employee)
Hillsboro, OR

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

ProsLooks 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.

ConsPay 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 Senior ManagementLarry 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Senior Engineering Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsThere 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.

ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

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Didn't enjoy it here

Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
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 Senior ManagementI 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good work / life balance

Group Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsCreated 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

ConsDidn'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 Senior ManagementWell, 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Alliance Manager (Current Employee)
Denver, CO

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

Prostechnology as opposed to competition

Consshort sided management decisions for personal gain

Advice to Senior Managementcan Jonathan Schwartz

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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