Sun Microsystems
3.4 of 5 988 reviews
www.sun.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.4 988 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

(69 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Software Sales

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsSolid leadership in software

ConsPositioning software in a hardware focused company

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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Sun was setting

Director (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsCompetent, low stress, good technology

ConsToo slow moving, low energy, felt like a retirement place

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A positive professional relationship with a dynamic company.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsDynamic technology with hardware, software and service delivery industry leading professionals. The corporation was generous to a fault with stock options and a regular bonus plan, you always felt wanted.

ConsIt was a pretty demanding environment that required a large time commit. It was a constant struggle to make sure the work-life balance was protected. The company demands could and did consume many employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused on technology, but don't forget about the well-being of your employees.

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Software Engineer

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

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

ProsGreat benefits, excellent co-workers that were smart, competent, and fun to work with

ConsGreed and self-centered attitudes were very prominent at Sun

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just live to move up the ladder, work with people with the perspective that every day counts, not just the future

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very interesting place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsI got to be on some great projects due to my subject-matter expertise.

ConsManagers often were individual contributors with people reporting to them.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's too late!

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Software Engineer

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

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

ProsFantastic! Smart! Great Office environment! Extremely smart engineering staff

ConsGot bought by Oracle. Oracle is OK but more focused on bottom line then driving solid engineering.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Working for Sun Microsystems

Technical Consultant (Former Employee)
New York, NY

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

ProsCollegiality of Employees, good upside salary potential.

ConsUnreasonable expectations particularly when business went sour. No shared sacrifice

Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management lacked vision. Hardware is commodity. Software and services, as evidenced by recent history, is the area where companies can profit and grow.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Project Lead (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsVery good processes and very employee friendly company

ConsSales team wasn't that good

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Smart engineers, mismanaged company

Member of Technical Staff (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsLots of talented engineers who take pride in their work. Mostly collaborative environment and decent work-life balance. Fun to be part of one of the premier tech companies of the dot-com era.

ConsCompany is downsizing, struggling to survive, giving a sense of impending doom. Entire project are cut and the staff is let go, instead of being reassigned elsewhere.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind some way to boost morale, and stop the brain-drain of engineers leaving the company.

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Once great company that lost it's way.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsIncredible talent: extremely smart, very dedicated, hard-working people who believed in what they were doing.

ConsInability to adapt, alter course and make difficult resource decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to say "No."

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