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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.4 1,007 reviews

55% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

(77 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home(in 210 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance(in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins(in 75 reviews)

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

1,007 Employee Reviews
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    Great place to work, too bad it's gone

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsSun Microsystems was a really great place to work from many perspectives: real offices, with doors and walls that went to the ceilings, great corporate culture, its embrace of telecommuting, the beautiful (Rivermark) campus, above-average compensation.

    ConsI wish Sun's executives had been able to make the hard decisions (cutting people's pet but money-losing, non-strategic projects in favor of profitable or strategic projects) that were necessary to survive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSun Microsystems is gone, so offering advice to management is kind of pointless now, isn't it?

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    Was a Great Place to work

    Services Sales Manager (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsGreat people, excellent products and lots of passion to changing the world

    ConsSome of the executives could not understand what the company was about
    Tried to get into too many and different areas instead of focusing on core - i.e. StorageTek acquisition, buying middleware companies

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo late to tell them anything

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

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    QA Director

    QA Director (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsGreat place to work and I loved working there

    ConsCannot think any. I wish they know how to make money

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

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    Awesome

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsGreat place to work, very casual

    Conspurchased by Oracle, so no longer around

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't get purchased, but too late for that

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

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    Wonderful technology compay

    Pre-Sales Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsWorked hard, but, had fun doing it.

    ConsCost of hardware changed so, scale, and financials needed more attention.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional focus on financials

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

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    Absolutely was the best place to work

    Senior Software Engineer and Architect (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe people were the #1 reason that made working at Sun for 21 years a fantastic experience. We were all mostly young, smart people at the start and grew together, developing some of the core technology that powers the Internet and other tech.

    ConsOracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPort-mortem - you should have never allowed Mr. Ponytail to run the business. His brilliant strategy of giving everything away for free in the hopes that one day a customer would want to pay for something didn't make a lot of business sense to many of us.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company providing satisfying and challenging work

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsWork 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDirectors, 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    A very good place to work for non-college graduates

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is room to grow with the company.

    ConsOffice culture was not all that great, as there is discrimination for those who are disenfranchised.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow for second chances to those who have been disenfranchised due to past mistakes.

     

    Software Sales

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSolid leadership in software

    ConsPositioning software in a hardware focused company

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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    Sun was setting

    Director (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsCompetent, low stress, good technology

    ConsToo slow moving, low energy, felt like a retirement place

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

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