Sun Microsystems
3.4 of 5 988 reviews
www.sun.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.4 988 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

(69 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Smart and motivated team, good IT management, good benefits, Work from Home,"
    in 208 reviews
  • "Very good work-life balance, the opportunity to work with some of the great names in industry"
    in 111 reviews
Cons:
  • "Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins"
    in 74 reviews
  • "Upper management didn't know how to monetize"
    in 49 reviews
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Low morale, lot of internal politics

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

ProsI worked for the Micro-electronics division. Pros would be flexible work culture, rooms instead of cubicles, easy going co-workers.

ConsLot of internal politics, in-efficient management, lengthy and often times flawed design cycles, non-convergence productization, low morale amongst engineers, non-competitive salaries.

Advice to Senior ManagementBoost the morale of the engineers by addressing their concerns, offering them competitive salaries.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Political backbiting and gossip at all levels

Project Coordinator (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

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

ProsGood benefits and opportunities for career advancement if you are able to navigate the hyper competitive culture.

ConsAt every level of this company you will find backbiting and gossip. HR representatives are often the worst offenders. The gossip mongers are typically slackers who target the highest producers and try to harass them out of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementLots of dead wood in the rank and file, wasting major time on gossip. Lots of political maneuvering in management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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you only succeed if you are in the old boy network

Sales Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

Prosbenefits were good and salary ok

Consarrogance + incompeteance = failure

Advice to Senior Managementoracle will weed you out!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Started out great and then everyone gave up

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsThe good people were great and professional.

ConsAt the end the established management just circled the wagons and looked out for themselves.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork on recognizing talent. There was a lot there when I left.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not good at all

Marketing Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

Prossomewhat good r employee benefits package

Consdumb management plays favorites protects each other

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

Prostechnology and the way the company innovate

Conssalary and the way the company is managed

Advice to Senior Managementfocus on business

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Terrible

Software Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsFlexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility

ConsLack of loyalty to current employees

Advice to Senior Managementemployees are #1 asset

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Circuit Design Engineer (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems

Prosflexible work schedule, telecommuting and remote offices, health benefits

Consmicromanagement at its worse, teammates unsupportive and unhelpful

Advice to Senior ManagementSet realistic deadlines, and don't hire incompetent people

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Morale left long time ago

Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsGood technology
Good engineers
Pride in Sun brand

ConsMiserable morale
Lack of leadership
Poor communication

Advice to Senior ManagementFind leadership and communicate

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Nepotism and low pay signify work culture here

Senior Hardware Engineer (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

Pros- Good exposure to new stuff
- Depending on the boss, you might not have too much micromanagement
- It all depends on the group

Cons- No pay raises
- No standard compensation strucuture
- Too much middle management
- Upper management clueless of whats going on

Advice to Senior Management- Upper management needs to understand why the revenue is so screwed up
- Dont take 20 Million home for yourself and lay off 10000 people, its just bad karma.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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