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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Awesome

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

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

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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Absolutely was the best place to work

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

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

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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Wonderful technology compay

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

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

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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Great company providing satisfying and challenging work

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

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

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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Sun was setting

Director (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

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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A positive professional relationship with a dynamic company.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsDynamic technology with hardware, software and service delivery industry leading professionals. The corporation was generous to a fault with stock options and a regular bonus plan, you always felt wanted.

ConsIt was a pretty demanding environment that required a large time commit. It was a constant struggle to make sure the work-life balance was protected. The company demands could and did consume many employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused on technology, but don't forget about the well-being of your employees.

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Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow

Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO

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

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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It was pretty good while it lasted

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

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

ProsGood salary and benefits, lots of autonomy to get stuff done

ConsTools many loose canons, poor execution of strategy

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

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good comp

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

Prosbest comp ever to word for

Consnot so good management team

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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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