Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Great company!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Training is good
    Smart people
    Opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Growth takes a long time


  3. A once great company to work for....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing. I've never worked in a company before where your co-workers extend themselves so much to make a project successful and ensure those on the team are not only in sync but have the information and support they need to be successful

    Cons

    The Leadership. This company has so much going for it yet there are those at the executive level who don't seem to understand the word focus.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves. Well not all management just few at the very top. It's great to have big dreams but you also need to know how to execute.


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  5. Executive Assistant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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~


  6. I wish I could have worked there forever.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    new company that does have alot of work.

    Cons

    Superintendant sucks and does not help.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a better superintendant.


  8. Enriching experience---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Too late to advice, company not in business any more


  9. 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 Management

    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


  10. Respectful of employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

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

    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.


  11. 2009 Rating

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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