Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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  1. Good place to work and learn.

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Hardware in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Hardware in Santa Clarita, CA

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people
    Near edge technology
    Learning environment

    Cons

    Over burden with politics
    Get some good architects who can take risk meet market needs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. Amazing technologists, lackluster strategy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    really smart people, global scale

    Cons

    leadership challenges allowed Sun to be swallowed by Oracle

  3. Alright

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    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Got a good pay, and a good experience

    Cons

    Horrible bosses, hard to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a bit better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    excellent work culture

    Current Employee - Director Engineering
    Current Employee - Director Engineering

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technology leaders who were ahead of time in introducing new concepts. Flexible and open work culture that encouraged innovation and team work.

    Cons

    Couldn't turn technology into profits for the company. Too much focus on open sourcing.

  6. Static company from a career perspective, for ten years starting 2000

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Courses at Stanford and Berkeley

    Cons

    Incessant insecurity, continuous fear of lay offs. Political unethical scheming of mediocrities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked in Sun before the merger with Oracle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great place to work with!

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    Former Contractor - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, values, perks and work environment

    Cons

    Set back environment. Sometimes it feels like you need a push.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8. Great while it lasted!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Lots of talented people. Great flex time.

    Cons

    After 2009, the bureaucracy took over and it started to implode.

  9. The sky was the limit

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    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Creative, fun, forwards, great place to work.

    Cons

    Long work hours and later hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the values that SUN stood for and keep them alive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 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 (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
  11. Great place to work, great people

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor (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

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