Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated April 17, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not good at all

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    somewhat good r employee benefits package

    Cons

    dumb management plays favorites protects each other


  2. engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    technology and the way the company innovate

    Cons

    salary and the way the company is managed

    Advice to Management

    focus on business


  3. Terrible

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of loyalty to current employees

    Advice to Management

    employees are #1 asset


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Sun is setting. Period.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sun is a great engineering and technology company. If you are an Engineer without too much desire in promotion, join this company. It treats engineers well. Of course, I don't think there will be more opportunities now with Sun. Also, very beautiful campus in Santa Clara.

    Cons

    I don't understand how this company is run / operated. I have no idea how good or bad the senior management is due to lack of direct interaction, but the mid management is terrible as I can feel from my own experience. This company should've already been out of business years ago (latest by 2005) but I guess the sale of real estates / properties to some extent supported the life. Also a lot of good politics players. Terrible operations.

    Advice to Management

    I think I offered some recommendations and nobody really cared about. Nobody would rebell from within (to overturn himself when he is in a ruling position? no way) and only thing that could change this company is some external force - like an acquisition that is taking place now. I foresaw this long time before the official announcement of acquisition.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sun is a relic of the past - it is not what it was a decade ago

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Director in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work culture can be pretty casual and open. Hours are flexible.

    Cons

    Managers can be tyrannic, ad-hoc, and downright prejudiced/ hostile. There are no internal checks and balances to avoid this. You are fine so long as you are in the good books of your manager. Performance and personal achievements are secondary.

    Advice to Management

    There is no leadership any more. Sunset.


  7. Frustriert Frustrated

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systemtechniker in Tittmoning (Germany)
    Current Employee - Systemtechniker in Tittmoning (Germany)

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Endlich hat Sun wieder ein gutes Portfolio.

    Finally Sun has a good product portfolio again.

    Cons

    Es klafft eine große Lücke zwischen dem, was von der oberen Führungsebene kommuniziert wird und dem, was unser mittleres bis unteres Management tut. Meinem unmittelbaren Vorgesetzter und dem Manager unter dem Landesleiter ist das Unternehmen egal. Sie befolgen einfach die Anweisungen so, dass sie für zukünftige Ereignisse bestens vorbereitet sind. Es geht ihnen nicht darum, was für die Firma das Beste ist, sondern was für sie das Beste ist, und demotivieren dadurch Mitarbeiter wie mich.

    There is a big gap between what our top level management communicates and what our mid and lower level management does. My direct management and the one one level below the country manager do not care about the company. They simply follow orders in such a way as to best prepare themselves for what might happen in the future. It is not about what is best for the company it is about what is best for them thus demotivating people like me.

    Advice to Management

    Die Führungsebene sollte besser auf die Mitarbeiter mit direktem Kundenkontakt hören. Wenn das mittlere und untere Management uns nicht motivieren kann dann muss das der Vorstand tun. Stellt euch vor, was ein motiviertes Sales/Pre-Sales- und Service-Teams da draußen erreichen könnte.

    Our top level management should listen more closely to those who are in direct contact with the customer. If our mid and lower level management cannot motivate us then tlm has to step in and do something about it. Just imagine having a motivated sales, pre-sales and service force out there in the field.



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