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Sun Microsystems Co-CEO's Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
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  • Great company!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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    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.

Sun Microsystems Interviews

Updated Nov 3, 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience

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Getting an Interview

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    Interview

    I was clued into this position by an acquaintance met through intensive networking and schmoozing. To get the interview, I made a point to meet most of the principals in one social setting or another -- and made a point of engaging and challenging each a bit on the company, it's potential, and it's outlook.

    The actual interview process, while slow in coming, but was painless and relatively short (just a half a day). It consisted of a basic tour, and a 20-minute sit down with four individuals, each in their own office. There was a perfunctory review of my resume; most of the time was taken up with general questions about my background until I turned the conversation to the company and specific issues.

    My pre-game prep for this position smoothed the way for a simple interview process. I studied the company and it's roadmap, as well as it's competitors. I was able identify the strategies in play, the various opportunities and threats, and was able to comment or ask cogent questions: Why had they done things a particular way? How would they handle an upcoming problem? etc. Each interview chat concluded with a smile and a handshake and a definite feeling that the decision was already made in my favor. No indication that any other candidates were even in consideration.

    Interview Questions

    • There were no off-the-wall or "gotcha" technical questions. The toughest question was how I planned to handle a particular responsibility I hadn't really prepared for and had never done before.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    There was minimal negotiation. I came in knowing the appropriate salary range. My previous salary supported the expectation. The offer was middle of the range -- I pushed for high-end. This was declined, but I was offered early review with potential for a raise. I accepted.

Sun Microsystems Awards & Accolades

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Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
Top 500 Green Companies, Newsweek, 2009
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Additional Info

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Website www.sun.com
Headquarters Santa Clara, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Acquired By Oracle
Founded 1982
Type Unknown
Industry Unknown
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft

Sun Microsystems makes sure networks shine. A leading maker of UNIX-based servers used to power corporate computer networks and Web sites, it also makes workstation computers and disk- and tape-based storage systems. Sun's computers utilize the company's own chips (SPARC) and operating system (Solaris). Its software portfolio includes application server, database management, office productivity, and network management applications. The company also developed Java, a cross-platform programming language used to create applications for computers, Web browsers, mobile phones... More

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