Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
1,042 Reviews

4.2
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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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    The sky was the limit

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    Former Employee - Solution Designer  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Creative, fun, forwards, great place to work.

    Cons

    Long work hours and later hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the values that SUN stood for and keep them alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Account Executive

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Munich (Germany)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Munich (Germany)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    strong in Customer relation, positive business culture within the former Sun Microsystems

    Cons

    bad management in the head quarter. bad strategy, business model wrong within the former Sun MIcrosystems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Database Administrator  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing compensation benefits and insurance

    Cons

    work pressure is not that well balanced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better resource management

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work, great people

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Did 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 ManagementAdvice

    All history now since Sun was acquired by Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    smart people, fun challenges, adventure

    Cons

    we didnt know how to run a business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work, very casual

    Cons

    purchased by Oracle, so no longer around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't get purchased, but too late for that

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful technology compay

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    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Worked hard, but, had fun doing it.

    Cons

    Cost of hardware changed so, scale, and financials needed more attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Additional focus on financials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Absolutely was the best place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer and Architect  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer and Architect in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people were the #1 reason that made working at Sun for 21 years a fantastic experience. We were all mostly young, smart people at the start and grew together, developing some of the core technology that powers the Internet and other tech.

    Cons

    Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Port-mortem - you should have never allowed Mr. Ponytail to run the business. His brilliant strategy of giving everything away for free in the hopes that one day a customer would want to pay for something didn't make a lot of business sense to many of us.

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

    It was a dream company

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sun provided the best environment in the world. Noone stopped you from making your dream come true. Everyday you get inspired to do something for the company you are working for.

    Cons

    The company was not able to make profits in long run. Only thing they lacked is a way to make money in this world. The leadership was the only reason for its sinking.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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