Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated April 26, 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. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Cupertino, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

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

    Pros

    NONE! Not worth six words...

    Cons

    They overworked & underpaid! Going Nowhere, Too Fast~

  2. Low morale, lot of internal politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lot 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 Management

    Boost the morale of the engineers by addressing their concerns, offering them competitive salaries.

  3. Political backbiting and gossip at all levels

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    At 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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    you only succeed if you are in the old boy network

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

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

    Pros

    benefits were good and salary ok

    Cons

    arrogance + incompeteance = failure

    Advice to Management

    oracle will weed you out!

  6. Started out great and then everyone gave up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

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

    Pros

    The good people were great and professional.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Work on recognizing talent. There was a lot there when I left.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not good at all

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    somewhat good r employee benefits package

    Cons

    dumb management plays favorites protects each other

  8. engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    technology and the way the company innovate

    Cons

    salary and the way the company is managed

    Advice to Management

    focus on business

  9. Terrible

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility Flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of loyalty to current employees

    Advice to Management

    employees are #1 asset

  10. Helpful (2)

    Hardware Engineering

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    Former Employee - Circuit Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Circuit Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, telecommuting and remote offices, health benefits

    Cons

    micromanagement at its worse, teammates unsupportive and unhelpful

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic deadlines, and don't hire incompetent people

  11. Helpful (1)

    Morale left long time ago

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology
    Good engineers
    Pride in Sun brand

    Cons

    Miserable morale
    Lack of leadership
    Poor communication

    Advice to Management

    Find leadership and communicate

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