Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. It was great in the old days

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Engineer in Irvine, 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

    Love working on various equipment

    Cons

    Lack of parts and distance is too great to drive

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the middle management


  2. Great place with innovative culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

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

    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.


  3. A great company to work at !

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner Sales in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Partner Sales in Santa Clara, CA

    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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Enjoyed my experience from the start.

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative, pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    They believe their own hype


  6. Was a great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company was acquired by Oracle.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

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


  8. Enjoyed the time there

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

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

    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 Management

    Better luck next time.


  9. Overall a great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to over achieve and manage your business

    Cons

    Very matrixed and at times not Partner focused

    Advice to Management

    Diversify products and services


  10. Test Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good place o work in a private offcie

    Cons

    company lack of foreseeing the future of company products

    Advice to Management

    do not stick products in a narrow market


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people you will ever work with

    Cons

    No clear direction on business.

    Advice to Management

    Be Clear and be honest



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