Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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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. Sr. Staff Engineer, Software

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    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.

  2. Service Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good growth, work life balance, flexible hours, learning environment,

    Cons

    work limited to support and service model, no new technology exposure

    Advice to Management

    Widen the scope and do more resource rotation for a better exposure and cross knowledge

  3. Great company!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Morale initiatives such as happy hour and snack bar. Great training and excellent managers.

    Cons

    Often numbers do not reveal the entire story. Management reviews focus on numbers instead of business impact.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to offer such a talented pool of leaders.

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  5. Great company, huge R&D budget, industry leaders in Open Source and Internet services

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    Current Employee - Client Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Client Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Freedom to innovate, improve and contribute to software and open source communities

    Cons

    US HQ made decision-making in the UK somewhat delayed, leading to lost revenue opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Now part of Oracle, it is important to provide more autonomy to EMEA management

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits. Outstanding management. Passionate, empowered employees.

    Cons

    Executives unable to communicate a compelling vision for the company

  7. senior mobile marketing manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best technology company on solaris and mobile

    Cons

    Too much products too ficused on core business missed

    Advice to Management

    focus but see world evolution

  8. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    best company I ever worked for

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    this company got acquired by Oracle

  9. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment was excellent, fun

    Cons

    too many laid offs at Sun

  11. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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