Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great place for both hard-working people and slackers (This review is for Sun not Oracle)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer

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

    Pros

    Free and creative engineering culture. Encourage to invent and risk. Good work/life balance. Great technology at its period. Smart people.

    Cons

    Some slackers and incompetent management team made Sun set.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the feedback of employees, make the right strategy decisions.


  2. Systems Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    As a Silicon Valley giant, Sun was a great place to learn and grow. Compensation was good, and benefits were excellent.

    Cons

    After the ORCL acquisition, things changed dramatically and turnover was higher than expected. Sun was no longer Sun.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to find ways to listen better to employee feedback, In addition to annual reviews, informal reviews and chats should be done on a regular (monthly) basis.


  3. Kernel Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Was A good company to work for

    Cons

    embarked on many worthless projects


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  5. Excellent place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multi cultural, good work environment, high energy

    Cons

    Too large a company. Lacks being dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Keep the same


  6. Developing micro chips

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, strong philosophy, growth, development

    Cons

    Lack of interaction, no space to create

    Advice to Management

    More team building events


  7. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    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.


  8. Gone, Not Forgotten

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture encouraged risk taking

    Cons

    Entrepreneurial culture lacked firm authority. Led to being acquired

    Advice to Management

    Most were absorbed into Oracle which was not a good place to be professionally.


  9. Good Place to Start

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    * Reasonably good benefits. * Challenging work. * I had a great manager!

    Cons

    * Lack of vision from upper management. * Unwillingness to commit resources to the stated vision.

    Advice to Management

    * Simplify and communicate the vision so that all employees can understand it. * Reduce the number of projects to facilitate better execution.


  10. Great company!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Ok

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Training is good Smart people Opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Growth takes a long time



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