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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
1,045 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I wish I could have worked there forever.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Outstanding management. Passionate, empowered employees.

    Cons

    Executives unable to communicate a compelling vision for the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    senior mobile marketing manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Best technology company on solaris and mobile

    Cons

    Too much products too ficused on core business missed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus but see world evolution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Technical Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    best company I ever worked for

    Cons

    vague company strategy which at the long term compromised company's results

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this company got acquired by Oracle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Just awesoe

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    No Micro Management. Value for employee and not to product or business. Employee family first and then projects. Good flexibility

    Cons

    Company is not business minded. Always believes in giving back to the world

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work

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    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Herzliya (Israel)
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Herzliya (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, multinational, "open" technilogy, great culture,

    Cons

    Workforce reducttion throughout the years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves 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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