Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
1,026 Reviews
4.1
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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 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 75 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (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
  2.  

    Great place to work, too bad it's gone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (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
  3.  

    Was a Great Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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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  5.  

    QA Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (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
  6.  

    A very good place to work for non-college graduates

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    There is room to grow with the company.

    Cons

    Office culture was not all that great, as there is discrimination for those who are disenfranchised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for second chances to those who have been disenfranchised due to past mistakes.

  7.  

    Software Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Solid leadership in software

    Cons

    Positioning software in a hardware focused company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

  8.  

    Sun was setting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Competent, low stress, good technology

    Cons

    Too slow moving, low energy, felt like a retirement place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Wonderful technology compay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Worked hard, but, had fun doing it.

    Cons

    Cost of hardware changed so, scale, and financials needed more attention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Additional focus on financials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Absolutely was the best place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer and Architect in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer and Architect in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    The people were the #1 reason that made working at Sun for 21 years a fantastic experience. We were all mostly young, smart people at the start and grew together, developing some of the core technology that powers the Internet and other tech.

    Cons

    Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Port-mortem - you should have never allowed Mr. Ponytail to run the business. His brilliant strategy of giving everything away for free in the hopes that one day a customer would want to pay for something didn't make a lot of business sense to many of us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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