Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
1,022 Reviews
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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 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.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    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 for less than a 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
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  5.  

    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 for more than a 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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
  8.  

    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

  9. 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 for 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.

  10.  

    Static company from a career perspective, for ten years starting 2000

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Courses at Stanford and Berkeley

    Cons

    Incessant insecurity, continuous fear of lay offs. Political unethical scheming of mediocrities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked in Sun before the merger with Oracle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work with!

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, values, perks and work environment

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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