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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
1,029 Reviews
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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.  

    Absolutely was the best place to work

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    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
  2.  

    Wonderful technology compay

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    • 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
  3.  

    Great company providing satisfying and challenging work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work from home flexibility, great work-life balance, no travel was required, the pay and benefits were excellent, team members were nice to work with, the Broomfield campus was very nice with a cafeteria providing a variety of menu/cuisine options.

    Cons

    Distributed teams in varying time zones made it difficult to get everyone on the phone for a meeting at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors, VPs and other execs needed to co-mingle with the worker bees more than they did. Come down from their ivory tower every so often to see what was really going on in their organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It was pretty good while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, lots of autonomy to get stuff done

    Cons

    Tools many loose canons, poor execution of strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A positive professional relationship with a dynamic company.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Dynamic technology with hardware, software and service delivery industry leading professionals. The corporation was generous to a fault with stock options and a regular bonus plan, you always felt wanted.

    Cons

    It was a pretty demanding environment that required a large time commit. It was a constant struggle to make sure the work-life balance was protected. The company demands could and did consume many employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on technology, but don't forget about the well-being of your employees.

  7.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent co-workers that were smart, competent, and fun to work with

    Cons

    Greed and self-centered attitudes were very prominent at Sun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just live to move up the ladder, work with people with the perspective that every day counts, not just the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Broomfield, CO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home. There was a work life balance. Lots of perks, and things to help make life and work much better. There was plenty of chances to get training, from technical training to soft skills training.

    Cons

    Sun never really knew how to monetize products, when we were at the center of the tech bubble we wound up giving away more service than we were paid for. The downer part of working for Sun was having to explain what we did whenever someone wanted to know who I worked for. Also Sun had about 10 years of lay offs each quarter which lead to pretty bad morale for those of us working in the trenches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the money, don't forget how to be human.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good comp

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    best comp ever to word for

    Cons

    not so good management team

  10.  

    Great technology, amazing talent pool, yet poor marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, company vision ahead of its time, opportunities to learn and contribute

    Cons

    poor accountability, long project cycles, not enough killed deadwood projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Execs- heed what trench workers tell you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, until politics and take overs kicked in

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    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    cowboy club, great opportunities, liberty, flexibility and room to get things done. Great for engineers but also for sales & marketing.

    Cons

    more and more politics over the years. difficulties to get things done on a local level, more and more sign offs and signatures needed at Corp level for local stuff. Less room to get things done and make a difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what happens in the field and not only in the US, they’re the ones bringing in the money

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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