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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 10 years)Pros
Good benefits. Outstanding management. Passionate, empowered employees.Cons
Executives unable to communicate a compelling vision for the companyRecommendsNeutral Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Interview Details
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
Negotiation DetailsThere 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.Accepted Offer
- 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
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...