Sun Microsystems Reviews

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  1. Sr. Staff Engineer, Software

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer, Software in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer, Software in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture. Working with many talented and super great people.

    Cons

    Purchased by Oracle, the culture was changed to political and mean. Lots nasty people migrated in from Oracle.

  2. Great company!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Morale initiatives such as happy hour and snack bar. Great training and excellent managers.

    Cons

    Often numbers do not reveal the entire story. Management reviews focus on numbers instead of business impact.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to offer such a talented pool of leaders.

  3. I wish I could have worked there forever.

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits. Outstanding management. Passionate, empowered employees.

    Cons

    Executives unable to communicate a compelling vision for the company

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  5. 2009 Rating

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sun Microsystems was one of those companies that a person can look back upon and say, "those were the good ol' days." The culture was very good, the work was interesting and the pay was on par with the industry. No, it wasn't perfect. What company is? But Sun was novel in many areas such as company-wide work from home policies before it became trendy. It was a sad day when they were acquired. Many Sun-Alumni will agree that our network is still strong and supportive of one another. When you come across someone who used to work at Sun, even if you never worked with her before, a knowing smile will come across your face as you remember your time there.

    Cons

    Leadership sometimes didn't listen to new or novel ways to grow the market.

  6. It was wonderful to be employed at Sun Mircosystems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment was excellent, fun

    Cons

    too many laid offs at Sun

  7. Great company to work for..

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Simply one of the best companies to work for simply one reason: They fostered a culture where everyone would help each other out.

    Cons

    This company did not last longer.

    Advice to Management

    Hat's off to you Scott and team - what an amazing ride.

  8. Great place

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    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great money great group of people best Tech Overall Great place to work

    Good pay and benefits and great colleagues, even if they are spread across the globe. Good work / life balance exists,

    Cons

    Lots of management reshuffling and churn at the top, which results in continuous reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Scott McNeally Back!

  9. Best work environment I've ever experienced!

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    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Open culture, fresh and passionate

    Cons

    Too many products and sales can't create enough demand

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the little things that makes Sun the best developmental company in the valley, see how many executives are Sun Alumni!

  10. Great company to work with.

    Former Contractor - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Contracted with Sun for half a year and enjoyed the team spirit, professionalism, and the ease they provided while working remotely.Would work a contract for this company again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Occasionally unable to reach the coordinator at times, but since they managed multiple projects, it was satisfactorily handled by their assistant.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Sun was an amazing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When the company succeeded, the employees were rewarded. Quarterly bonuses were awarded when the company met its goals, and the end-of-the-year bonus (based on your performance review) could be hefty.

    Cons

    It was very much an engineer's company. Too often, unprofitable product lines were continued because it was cool technology.

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