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

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Updated Apr 1, 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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Awesome

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

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

ProsGreat place to work, very casual

Conspurchased by Oracle, so no longer around

Advice to Senior Managementdon't get purchased, but too late for that

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Absolutely was the best place to work

Senior Software Engineer and Architect (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementPort-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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Wonderful technology compay

Pre-Sales Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

ProsWorked hard, but, had fun doing it.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional focus on financials

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

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Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow

Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsFlexible 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.

ConsSun 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 Senior ManagementFocus on the money, don't forget how to be human.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good comp

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

Prosbest comp ever to word for

Consnot so good management team

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

Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

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

Consquite a bit of organizational waste, lack of proper execution

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Sun

Programmer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

ProsSmall company feel in a big company.

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

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

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excellent

Roc (Current Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

Prosflexible, challenging,fun,fast paced,new,diversity,good as it gets....

Constime management,unprofessional,boring,money, finished,mismanagement, gone, could have done more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The best

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsOpen, well managed, great place to work

ConsBecame irrelevant in the market

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An amazing company, much missed

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsEngineering driven organization that took good care of it's people. Lots of perks, great people, fun to work at.

ConsEngineering driven organization that took bad care of it's products. Never really profitable outside it's core business of hardware.

Advice to Senior ManagementSoftware is just as important as hardware.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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