Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
1,023 Reviews
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Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 209 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 117 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best work environment I've ever experienced!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Open culture, fresh and passionate

    Cons

    Too many products and sales can't create enough demand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the little things that makes Sun the best developmental company in the valley, see how many executives are Sun Alumni!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great! If Sun still existed, I'd still be working there! You also got to work remotely.

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    I had wonderful co-workers and managers, and got fantastic experience working on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Management seemed "disorganized" and "unfocused" at times. It was also hard to get any continuity going on projects because there were so many reorgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you'd focused on business at hand, Sun might never have been acquired by Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work! Remember - We are the dot in dot com?

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Cool technology, beautiful campus & perks, Flexible work hours, telecommute, drop in offices around the Bay Area, meet a lot of smart people around.

    Cons

    There was Constant reorganization, leadership changes, fear of lay offs so it was hard to focus, lack of clear direction from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late, bought by Oracle.

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  5.  

    Director, Data Storage Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Good Training
    Known and respected company

    Cons

    Too Big
    Lots of overlap
    Overall a good company to work for

  6.  

    Great company to work with.

    Former Employee - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Contracted with Sun for half a year and enjoyed the team spirit, professionalism, and the ease they provided while working remotely.Would work a contract for this company again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Occasionally unable to reach the coordinator at times, but since they managed multiple projects, it was satisfactorily handled by their assistant.

    Recommends
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sun was an amazing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    When the company succeeded, the employees were rewarded. Quarterly bonuses were awarded when the company met its goals, and the end-of-the-year bonus (based on your performance review) could be hefty.

    Cons

    It was very much an engineer's company. Too often, unprofitable product lines were continued because it was cool technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work and learn.

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Hardware in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Hardware in Santa Clarita, CA

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people
    Near edge technology
    Learning environment

    Cons

    Over burden with politics
    Get some good architects who can take risk meet market needs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Amazing technologists, lackluster strategy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    really smart people, global scale

    Cons

    leadership challenges allowed Sun to be swallowed by Oracle

  10.  

    Alright

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    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Got a good pay, and a good experience

    Cons

    Horrible bosses, hard to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a bit better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    excellent work culture

    Current Employee - Director Engineering
    Current Employee - Director Engineering

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technology leaders who were ahead of time in introducing new concepts. Flexible and open work culture that encouraged innovation and team work.

    Cons

    Couldn't turn technology into profits for the company. Too much focus on open sourcing.

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