Sun Microsystems
3.4 of 5 987 reviews
www.sun.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014
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3.4 987 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

(69 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Smart and motivated team, good IT management, good benefits, Work from Home,"
    in 208 reviews
  • "Very good work-life balance, the opportunity to work with some of the great names in industry"
    in 111 reviews
Cons:
  • "Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins"
    in 74 reviews
  • "Upper management didn't know how to monetize"
    in 49 reviews
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Great technology, amazing talent pool, yet poor marketing

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Newark, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWork life balance, company vision ahead of its time, opportunities to learn and contribute

Conspoor accountability, long project cycles, not enough killed deadwood projects

Advice to Senior ManagementExecs- heed what trench workers tell you.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

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

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

ConsGreed and self-centered attitudes were very prominent at Sun

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lack of leadership

Engineer (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

ProsFlexible work schedules, good people to work with

ConsPoor salaries, bungling by management

Advice to Senior ManagementNo point now! Oracle is hopefully doing a better job

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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technical foresight with a business model that's less then ideal

Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

Prosgreat engineering people, great minds, fun to work with and learn from

Consquite a bit of organizational waste, lack of proper execution

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Programmer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

ProsSmall company feel in a big company.

ConsDisorganized. Engineers call the shots resulting in products for engineers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company to work for ( now owned by Oracle).

Finance Manager (Former Employee)
Newark, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat people to work with. Opportunities abound to be involved in cross-functional team to learn the company operations. Company encouraged employee development and mobility.

ConsCompensation could be more competitive.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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excellent

Roc (Current Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

Prosflexible, challenging,fun,fast paced,new,diversity,good as it gets....

Constime management,unprofessional,boring,money, finished,mismanagement, gone, could have done more

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The best

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsOpen, well managed, great place to work

ConsBecame irrelevant in the market

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An amazing company, much missed

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

ProsEngineering driven organization that took good care of it's people. Lots of perks, great people, fun to work at.

ConsEngineering driven organization that took bad care of it's products. Never really profitable outside it's core business of hardware.

Advice to Senior ManagementSoftware is just as important as hardware.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very interesting place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsI got to be on some great projects due to my subject-matter expertise.

ConsManagers often were individual contributors with people reporting to them.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's too late!

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