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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
1,038 Reviews

4.2
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Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
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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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  1.  

    Static company from a career perspective, for ten years starting 2000

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Courses at Stanford and Berkeley

    Cons

    Incessant insecurity, continuous fear of lay offs. Political unethical scheming of mediocrities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked in Sun before the merger with Oracle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A very good place to work for non-college graduates

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is room to grow with the company.

    Cons

    Office culture was not all that great, as there is discrimination for those who are disenfranchised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for second chances to those who have been disenfranchised due to past mistakes.

  3.  

    Software Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Solid leadership in software

    Cons

    Positioning software in a hardware focused company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

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  5.  

    Sun was setting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Competent, low stress, good technology

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A positive professional relationship with a dynamic company.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic 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.

    Cons

    It 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on technology, but don't forget about the well-being of your employees.

  7.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Greed and self-centered attitudes were very prominent at Sun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very interesting place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Managers often were individual contributors with people reporting to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late!

  9.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Working for Sun Microsystems

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    Former Employee - Technical Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Consultant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Collegiality of Employees, good upside salary potential.

    Cons

    Unreasonable expectations particularly when business went sour. No shared sacrifice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Project lead

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Lead  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Very good processes and very employee friendly company

    Cons

    Sales team wasn't that good

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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