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Sun Microsystems Reviews in Denver, CO

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.4 74 reviews

60% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

(5 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)

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    The sky was the limit

    Solution Designer (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsCreative, fun, forwards, great place to work.

    ConsLong work hours and later hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember the values that SUN stood for and keep them alive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work

    Business Technologist (Current Employee) Broomfield, CO

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNow 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.

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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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    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

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    Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsFlexible 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.

    ConsSun 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 Senior ManagementFocus on the money, don't forget how to be human.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    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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    Data Entry (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsIt 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.

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    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsSun was a great place to work in it's hey day. Great benefits, lots of team building and the all hands were always something special. They spared no expense, with guest speakers such as Dana Carvey.

    ConsHard to get promoted from within as an Admin.

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

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    Brutal work ethic

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee) Broomfield, CO

    ProsLarge corporation that has many opportunities

    ConsHighly political environment where brown nosing takes precedence over skills

    Advice to Senior ManagementEase up and you'll get more production out of your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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