Sun Microsystems

www.sun.com
Profile Unclaimed

Sun Microsystems Reviews in Austin, TX

6 Reviews
3.6
6 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
Lawrence J. Ellison
6 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 209 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 118 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins (in 76 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't know how to monetize (in 49 reviews)

More Highlights

6 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sun was an amazing place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    When the company succeeded, the employees were rewarded. Quarterly bonuses were awarded when the company met its goals, and the end-of-the-year bonus (based on your performance review) could be hefty.

    Cons

    It was very much an engineer's company. Too often, unprofitable product lines were continued because it was cool technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company turned to anarchy

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Family friendly. Co-workers are smart and great to work with. A very stimulating environment in all the technical areas. Everyone was very helpful with each others projects.

    Cons

    The senior management had evolved to a point of being extremely detached from the work force. Many things that they shared at all-hands meetings didn't make sense. No one could understand if they were really that far from reality or if they just didn't care what came from their mouths.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work - that may not be around too long

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Name recognition, work life balance, technologically challenging, diverse technology, time to pursue own goals and research projects, very supportive of new ideas and innovation.

    Cons

    Rudderless/clueless upper management, self-motivation is the key.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    There are smart employees, lots of support for tech professionals from management.
    Good benefits, strong growth opportunities, commitment to educating employees.

    Cons

    Business strategy is sometimes difficult to buy into.
    Direction of company can change quickly.
    Adaptation to new market conditions is sometimes slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on growing into new, high margin areas. Apply the wealth of talent available based on what is most likely to grow the company long term.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Sun - focus on value add.

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Sun pays well. The organizations rearrange at least yearly - support quick action!

    Cons

    Sun is often mired in politics. Communication is poor. Internal competition is common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the value add and force it to return on the investment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Like most big companies, there's good and bad... get on a great team.. there are a lot at Sun.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Innovation, Great People, Opportunity to Create and Contribute

    Cons

    Lack of communication, daily tasks are more difficult than necessary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better and drive the overall strategy in all aspects of the company. Make strategic decisions per product line, and do not paint such broad strokes.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Sun Microsystems? Share Your Experiences

Sun Microsystems

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.