Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
1,041 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.  

    Great place with innovative culture

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

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

    Pros

    Ethics, hardware chops, java engineers

    Cons

    Inability to convert the corp. DNA from hardware to a (profitable) software company. Or simply ran out of time. Bad acquisition strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Enjoyed my experience from the start.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Innovative, pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    They believe their own hype

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A great company to work at !

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    Former Employee - Partner Sales  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Partner Sales in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Open, innovative, communicative, rewarding company. Many products currently used by the IT global community were originated at sun, java and Solaris just to name a few

    Cons

    Sun had to do much more on the long term viability and unfortunately failed in doing so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now part of Oracle, Oracle management knows very well how to drive their business. Sun has great assets, mainly people. Keeping these people will help Oracle to keep sun customers and to actually gain more customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Was a great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Company was full of people who wanted to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Company was acquired by Oracle.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great ride with smart co-workers, great partners and wonderful customers

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Big Vision
    Innovation
    Terrific people
    Great customers
    Global sales theatre
    Many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    BoD Negligence
    Short attention span of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needed to place greater value on business application of tech than pure technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoyed the time there

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Tech savvy, good people. Extremely entrepreneurial which is good for those people who prefer little structure in their corporate setting.

    Cons

    Decision making was too distributed. There were always a number of "chiefs" who needed to be involved with a decision which stifled our ability to execute more quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better luck next time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Account Executive  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Freedom to over achieve and manage your business

    Cons

    Very matrixed and at times not Partner focused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify products and services

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good place o work in a private offcie

    Cons

    company lack of foreseeing the future of company products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do not stick products in a narrow market

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Sun was a great and innovative company that suffered from poor senior management

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Cooperation and passion of other employees. Product set and engineering. Ability to move around the company

    Cons

    Poor upper management. Inability to change business model over time. Missed monetizing assets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look outside the company for new and better talent

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people you will ever work with

    Cons

    No clear direction on business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Clear and be honest

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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