Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated July 7, 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. always great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Friendly environment with excellent work spirit

    Cons

    Sometimes Hard to handle work


  2. Great company in its day

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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.


  3. It was great, until it wasn't

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Support Analyst in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Customer Support Analyst in Columbia, MD

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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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    Great place for both hard-working people and slackers (This review is for Sun not Oracle)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer

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

    Pros

    Free and creative engineering culture. Encourage to invent and risk. Good work/life balance. Great technology at its period. Smart people.

    Cons

    Some slackers and incompetent management team made Sun set.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback of employees, make the right strategy decisions.


  6. Systems Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a Silicon Valley giant, Sun was a great place to learn and grow. Compensation was good, and benefits were excellent.

    Cons

    After the ORCL acquisition, things changed dramatically and turnover was higher than expected. Sun was no longer Sun.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to find ways to listen better to employee feedback, In addition to annual reviews, informal reviews and chats should be done on a regular (monthly) basis.


  7. Kernel Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Was A good company to work for

    Cons

    embarked on many worthless projects


  8. Excellent place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multi cultural, good work environment, high energy

    Cons

    Too large a company. Lacks being dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Keep the same


  9. Developing micro chips

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, strong philosophy, growth, development

    Cons

    Lack of interaction, no space to create

    Advice to Management

    More team building events


  10. Sr. Staff Engineer, Software

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company culture. Working with many talented and super great people.

    Cons

    Purchased by Oracle, the culture was changed to political and mean. Lots nasty people migrated in from Oracle.


  11. Gone, Not Forgotten

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture encouraged risk taking

    Cons

    Entrepreneurial culture lacked firm authority. Led to being acquired

    Advice to Management

    Most were absorbed into Oracle which was not a good place to be professionally.



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