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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
1,038 Reviews

4.2
1,038 Reviews
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Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
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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152 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    The sky was the limit

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    Former Employee - Solution Designer  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Creative, fun, forwards, great place to work.

    Cons

    Long work hours and later hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the values that SUN stood for and keep them alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, great people

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    Great place to work, great people. Allowed to get things done without asking for permission all the time. Very supportive work environment and opportunities. Loved the underdog, kickass attitude people had in general that I worked with.

    Cons

    Did seem like more money was thrown after bad regarding ailing marketing programs. Why not just spend money where things were truly generating some return? This seemed maginified just before the takeover from Oracle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All history now since Sun was acquired by Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    smart people, fun challenges, adventure

    Cons

    we didnt know how to run a business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Great place to work, very casual

    Cons

    purchased by Oracle, so no longer around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't get purchased, but too late for that

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful technology compay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Worked hard, but, had fun doing it.

    Cons

    Cost of hardware changed so, scale, and financials needed more attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Additional focus on financials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Absolutely was the best place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer and Architect  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer and Architect in Menlo Park, CA

    Pros

    The people were the #1 reason that made working at Sun for 21 years a fantastic experience. We were all mostly young, smart people at the start and grew together, developing some of the core technology that powers the Internet and other tech.

    Cons

    Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Port-mortem - you should have never allowed Mr. Ponytail to run the business. His brilliant strategy of giving everything away for free in the hopes that one day a customer would want to pay for something didn't make a lot of business sense to many of us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Broomfield, CO

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home. There was a work life balance. Lots of perks, and things to help make life and work much better. There was plenty of chances to get training, from technical training to soft skills training.

    Cons

    Sun never really knew how to monetize products, when we were at the center of the tech bubble we wound up giving away more service than we were paid for. The downer part of working for Sun was having to explain what we did whenever someone wanted to know who I worked for. Also Sun had about 10 years of lay offs each quarter which lead to pretty bad morale for those of us working in the trenches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the money, don't forget how to be human.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good comp

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    best comp ever to word for

    Cons

    not so good management team

  10.  

    technical foresight with a business model that's less then ideal

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY

    Pros

    great engineering people, great minds, fun to work with and learn from

    Cons

    quite a bit of organizational waste, lack of proper execution

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sun

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    Current Employee - Programmer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Small company feel in a big company.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Engineers call the shots resulting in products for engineers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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