Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
1,021 Reviews
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Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 210 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins (in 75 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't know how to monetize (in 49 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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    Sun Communications Suite: Internet messaging and Calendar Client/Serer Suite

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Has a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Business model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, great people

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great place to work, great people. Allowed to get things done without asking for permission all the time. Very supportive work environment and opportunities. Loved the underdog, kickass attitude people had in general that I worked with.

    Cons

    Did seem like more money was thrown after bad regarding ailing marketing programs. Why not just spend money where things were truly generating some return? This seemed maginified just before the takeover from Oracle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All history now since Sun was acquired by Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Work as mechanical designer

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Well train management, good working environment

    Cons

    It's hard to balance life and work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Place to work

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    Current Employee - Business Technologist  in  Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Positive Working environment
    Emphasized employee retention
    Resources allocated to training and advancement

    Cons

    company was continuously in flux
    Had a required class called "managing Change"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that it has been absorbed into Oracle things should be fairly stable, but I hope it hasn't lost that cool vibe of caring for all the employees and valuing their contributions.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Awesome while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    smart people, fun challenges, adventure

    Cons

    we didnt know how to run a business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging Environment

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    Current Employee - Electronics Hardware Job  in  Germany, GA
    Current Employee - Electronics Hardware Job in Germany, GA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    because of good carrier in life

    Cons

    it gives in our life and future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give upates of new job

  8.  

    Great place to work, too bad it's gone

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sun Microsystems was a really great place to work from many perspectives: real offices, with doors and walls that went to the ceilings, great corporate culture, its embrace of telecommuting, the beautiful (Rivermark) campus, above-average compensation.

    Cons

    I wish Sun's executives had been able to make the hard decisions (cutting people's pet but money-losing, non-strategic projects in favor of profitable or strategic projects) that were necessary to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sun Microsystems is gone, so offering advice to management is kind of pointless now, isn't it?

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Was a Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Services Sales Manager  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Services Sales Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people, excellent products and lots of passion to changing the world

    Cons

    Some of the executives could not understand what the company was about
    Tried to get into too many and different areas instead of focusing on core - i.e. StorageTek acquisition, buying middleware companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late to tell them anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    QA Director

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    Former Employee - QA Director  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to work and I loved working there

    Cons

    Cannot think any. I wish they know how to make money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place to work, very casual

    Cons

    purchased by Oracle, so no longer around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't get purchased, but too late for that

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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