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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
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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 118 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins (in 76 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't know how to monetize (in 49 reviews)

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  1.  

    Respectful of employees

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    At Sun, staff treated with respect - from IT to secretaries to engineers. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Sun: not the best strategic vision. Not the best linkage between marketing and engineering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    2009 Rating

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Sun Microsystems was one of those companies that a person can look back upon and say, "those were the good ol' days." The culture was very good, the work was interesting and the pay was on par with the industry. No, it wasn't perfect. What company is? But Sun was novel in many areas such as company-wide work from home policies before it became trendy. It was a sad day when they were acquired. Many Sun-Alumni will agree that our network is still strong and supportive of one another. When you come across someone who used to work at Sun, even if you never worked with her before, a knowing smile will come across your face as you remember your time there.

    Cons

    Leadership sometimes didn't listen to new or novel ways to grow the market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was wonderful to be employed at Sun Mircosystems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Working environment was excellent, fun

    Cons

    too many laid offs at Sun

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for..

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Simply one of the best companies to work for simply one reason: They fostered a culture where everyone would help each other out.

    Cons

    This company did not last longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hat's off to you Scott and team - what an amazing ride.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company gone bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Was acquired by Oracle. It was a great place to work for. Innovative company. Globally dispersed workforce. Flexibility to work from anywhere. Strongly encouraged working from home or remote cutting down on operational cost for the company

    Cons

    Slow to adopt to new market trend. Inconsistent leadership direction. Compensation was on par with market. But struggled to keep the talent due to constant decline in its market position. Benefits were on par with most orgnaizations in the industry

    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good place for R&D, weak management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Many talented people who enjoy their work

    Cons

    Many projects lack business focus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    No longer in business after Oracle purchased

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    remote work was acceptable at company

    Cons

    Oracle purchased and they went out of business

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A great company reduced to ashes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Innovative products.

    Cons

    Misguided senior management. No checks and balances on costs. Lack of acuity in vision and execution.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place

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    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Great money great group of people best Tech Overall Great place to work

    Good pay and benefits and great colleagues, even if they are spread across the globe. Good work / life balance exists,

    Cons

    Lots of management reshuffling and churn at the top, which results in continuous reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring Scott McNeally Back!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best work environment I've ever experienced!

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    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

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