Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Pros
  • Income, Training, Work from home (in 209 reviews)

  • Good work / life balance exists, (in 118 reviews)

Cons
  • Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business (in 76 reviews)

  • Lack of clear vision for the company's future and inertia of middle management (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Great company!!!

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


  2. Good Place to Start

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    * Reasonably good benefits.
    * Challenging work.
    * I had a great manager!

    Cons

    * Lack of vision from upper management.
    * Unwillingness to commit resources to the stated vision.

    Advice to Management

    * Simplify and communicate the vision so that all employees can understand it.
    * Reduce the number of projects to facilitate better execution.


  3. The sky was the limit

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Creative, fun, forwards, great place to work.

    Cons

    Long work hours and later hours.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the values that SUN stood for and keep them alive.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Positive Working environment
    Emphasized employee retention
    Resources allocated to training and advancement

    Cons

    company was continuously in flux
    Had a required class called "managing Change"

    Advice to Management

    Now that it has been absorbed into Oracle things should be fairly stable, but I hope it hasn't lost that cool vibe of caring for all the employees and valuing their contributions.


  6. Awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, very casual

    Cons

    purchased by Oracle, so no longer around

    Advice to Management

    don't get purchased, but too late for that


  7. Great company providing satisfying and challenging work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work from home flexibility, great work-life balance, no travel was required, the pay and benefits were excellent, team members were nice to work with, the Broomfield campus was very nice with a cafeteria providing a variety of menu/cuisine options.

    Cons

    Distributed teams in varying time zones made it difficult to get everyone on the phone for a meeting at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    Directors, VPs and other execs needed to co-mingle with the worker bees more than they did. Come down from their ivory tower every so often to see what was really going on in their organization.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Broomfield, CO

    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

    Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home. There was a work life balance. Lots of perks, and things to help make life and work much better. There was plenty of chances to get training, from technical training to soft skills training.

    Cons

    Sun never really knew how to monetize products, when we were at the center of the tech bubble we wound up giving away more service than we were paid for. The downer part of working for Sun was having to explain what we did whenever someone wanted to know who I worked for. Also Sun had about 10 years of lay offs each quarter which lead to pretty bad morale for those of us working in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the money, don't forget how to be human.


  9. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent co-workers that were smart, competent, and fun to work with

    Cons

    Greed and self-centered attitudes were very prominent at Sun

    Advice to Management

    Don't just live to move up the ladder, work with people with the perspective that every day counts, not just the future


  10. Entering customer order information into database.

    Former Contractor - Data Entry in Broomfield, CO
    Former Contractor - Data Entry in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The name of Sun Microsystem is recognizable by most tech savy people. I enjoy working in a fast paced work force that is creative and organized.

    Cons

    It is harder for large corporations to create change that can be dynamic. Most corporations have a set path because it has been found to work for them.


  11. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic! Smart! Great Office environment! Extremely smart engineering staff

    Cons

    Got bought by Oracle. Oracle is OK but more focused on bottom line then driving solid engineering.



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