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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)

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    Great place to work with!

    Senior Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsGreat culture, values, perks and work environment

    ConsSet back environment. Sometimes it feels like you need a push.

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

     

    A high tech company with pro employee culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood atmosphere and great benefits

    ConsEngineering driven company which was ahead of time in technologies it built

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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 while it lasted!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of talented people. Great flex time.

    ConsAfter 2009, the bureaucracy took over and it started to implode.

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    Sun Communications Suite: Internet messaging and Calendar Client/Serer Suite

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsHas a lot of talent.

    ConsBusiness model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.

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

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    Great place to work, great people

    Contractor (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsGreat place to work, great people. Allowed to get things done without asking for permission all the time. Very supportive work environment and opportunities. Loved the underdog, kickass attitude people had in general that I worked with.

    ConsDid seem like more money was thrown after bad regarding ailing marketing programs. Why not just spend money where things were truly generating some return? This seemed maginified just before the takeover from Oracle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll history now since Sun was acquired by Oracle.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work as mechanical designer

    Mechanical Designer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsWell train management, good working environment

    ConsIt's hard to balance life and work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome while it lasted

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prossmart people, fun challenges, adventure

    Conswe didnt know how to run a business

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

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    Challenging Environment

    Electronics Hardware Job (Current Employee) Germany, GA

    Prosbecause of good carrier in life

    Consit gives in our life and future

    Advice to Senior Managementgive upates of new job

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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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