Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. No longer in business after Oracle purchased

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    remote work was acceptable at company

    Cons

    Oracle purchased and they went out of business


  2. Helpful (1)

    A great company reduced to ashes

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Innovative products.

    Cons

    Misguided senior management. No checks and balances on costs. Lack of acuity in vision and execution.


  3. Great place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great money great group of people best Tech Overall Great place to work Good pay and benefits and great colleagues, even if they are spread across the globe. Good work / life balance exists,

    Cons

    Lots of management reshuffling and churn at the top, which results in continuous reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Scott McNeally Back!


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  5. Best work environment I've ever experienced!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open culture, fresh and passionate

    Cons

    Too many products and sales can't create enough demand

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the little things that makes Sun the best developmental company in the valley, see how many executives are Sun Alumni!


  6. Director, Data Storage Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Training Known and respected company

    Cons

    Too Big Lots of overlap Overall a good company to work for


  7. Great! If Sun still existed, I'd still be working there! You also got to work remotely.

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had wonderful co-workers and managers, and got fantastic experience working on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Management seemed "disorganized" and "unfocused" at times. It was also hard to get any continuity going on projects because there were so many reorgs.

    Advice to Management

    If you'd focused on business at hand, Sun might never have been acquired by Oracle.


  8. Great place to work! Remember - We are the dot in dot com?

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Cool technology, beautiful campus & perks, Flexible work hours, telecommute, drop in offices around the Bay Area, meet a lot of smart people around.

    Cons

    There was Constant reorganization, leadership changes, fear of lay offs so it was hard to focus, lack of clear direction from management.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late, bought by Oracle.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sun was an amazing place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When the company succeeded, the employees were rewarded. Quarterly bonuses were awarded when the company met its goals, and the end-of-the-year bonus (based on your performance review) could be hefty.

    Cons

    It was very much an engineer's company. Too often, unprofitable product lines were continued because it was cool technology.


  10. Amazing technologists, lackluster strategy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    really smart people, global scale

    Cons

    leadership challenges allowed Sun to be swallowed by Oracle


  11. Good place to work and learn.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Hardware in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Hardware in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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.



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