Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated March 13, 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. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Heads-up

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    Current Freelancer - Computer Software Engineer, Applications in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Freelancer - Computer Software Engineer, Applications in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems (less than a year)

    Pros

    Have received prospective employment positions.

    Cons

    Don't have to be a nerd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seeking next platforms that are taking shape in the Computer Industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 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
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  5. Good company

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    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Modesto, CA
    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Modesto, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    new company that does have alot of work.

    Cons

    Superintendant sucks and does not help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a better superintendant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Enriching experience---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Learnt log of best practices------------------------------------------------------------------

    Cons

    Being a big company, had to deal with lot of beurocracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late to advice, company not in business any more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 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
  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)

    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
  9. Passion for Technology

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Collaboration between employees stongly encouraged
    Great Place to work to acquire new skills

    Cons

    low salary very few raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    na

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Painter 43yrs experience painting everything you name it

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Not that difficult print reading masking seems pretty simple if you know what your doing.match my chip

    Cons

    No price estimation in house don't let prints fool you ha ha

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your not painting parts in house your loosing$$$$. I painted and matched texture on parts from chips from you IBM and manny other company's I don't any more just a suggestion

  11. Respectful of employees

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    At Sun, staff treated with respect - from IT to secretaries to engineers. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Sun: not the best strategic vision. Not the best linkage between marketing and engineering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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