Sun Microsystems Reviews in Denver, CO

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
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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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  1.  

    The sky was the limit

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    Former Employee - Solution Designer  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Creative, fun, forwards, great place to work.

    Cons

    Long work hours and later hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Business Technologist  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work, very casual

    Cons

    purchased by Oracle, so no longer around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't get purchased, but too late for that

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company providing satisfying and challenging work

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Broomfield, CO

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Entering customer order information into database.

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor for 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.

  9.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    Sun 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.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted from within as an Admin.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brutal work ethic

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Large corporation that has many opportunities

    Cons

    Highly political environment where brown nosing takes precedence over skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up and you'll get more production out of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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