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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
1,029 Reviews
4.1
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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 76 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    because of good carrier in life

    Cons

    it gives in our life and future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give upates of new job

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    Great Place to work

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    Was a Great Place to work

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    • 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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.

  10.  

    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

  11.  

    Sun was setting

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    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

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