Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Income, Training, Work from home (in 209 reviews)

  • Good work / life balance exists, (in 118 reviews)

Cons
  • Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business (in 76 reviews)

  • Lack of clear vision for the company's future and inertia of middle management (in 22 reviews)

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  1. Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work for, would highly recommend. Growth potential to employees who want to work hard. Perspective of sales person.

    Cons

    Can be difficult in not willing to give your all.


  2. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People matter which isn't common these days.

    Cons

    Not much growth available because it's a dying organization.

    Advice to Management

    Focus


  3. SW Engineer

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    Former Employee - Tech Support in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Tech Support in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    was an excellent company to work for

    Cons

    acquired - not sure of current status

    Advice to Management

    still set the standards - esp java


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  5. SSE

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    Former Employee - SSE3 in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - SSE3 in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sun was a enjoyable company to work for. Flexible and interested in your future. People were friendly and the product was dependable.

    Cons

    Upper management became disinterested, was spending too much on selling their selves rather than promoting the company for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the market shares that are changing. Research and Development can prove to be a advantageous tool.


  6. Good work life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    - flexible work environment -

    Cons

    - not fast paced - slow growth


  7. Evaluation Time

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Half Moon Bay, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Half Moon Bay, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They're actually were no Pros. Not on the same page . . .

    Cons

    No one was on the same page . . . Everyone, everywhich way, not in a unified direction no communication twixt Sales & Marketing.


  8. Program Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in. Busy work schedule.

    Cons

    Too many dweeb managers with no people handling skills.

    Advice to Management

    Cut number of mid-level management, cut back on the amount of meetings.


  9. always great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Friendly environment with excellent work spirit

    Cons

    Sometimes Hard to handle work


  10. Great company in its day

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you love technology, Sun was a great place to work. There was an engineering culture second to none, and you got the experience of working for a company that understood that when you make the market bigger, that benefits you. It's seen as a failure now, but really was just playing a longer game than the market had tolerance for.

    Cons

    Politics. Insane politics. The California side of the company - particularly the non-technical management - was more like kindergarteners bashing each other in the head with rocks. Getting pulled into someone's office for them to try to enlist you in helping get their boss fired so they could take his job happened to me. Just awful.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell the company to Oracle. Oops, I guess it's too late for that. A lot of worthwhile technology went down the drain at that point.


  11. It was great, until it wasn't

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Support Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The location of the building was nice.

    Cons

    Managers consistently fell through on providing wisdom and knowledge about the products, as well as their own job descriptions. Employees are under-appreciated, unmotivated, and with their lack of support, unwelcome. You will do much more work than what you are being paid to do. Any time a customer mistreats you, or is hostile, do not expect any type of intervention or retribution from your manager; they uphold the agreement that we promise our clients: "We will always take full responsibility for the client's issue, and be humble, even if the client is using foul language or is making death threats."

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, don't just hear them, but actually listen. You will lose them if you don't. Do not over work your level 2's, you need them the most. Learn how to do your job, so that you can help your employees do theirs.



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