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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
1,031 Reviews
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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 76 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    technical foresight with a business model that's less then ideal

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    great engineering people, great minds, fun to work with and learn from

    Cons

    quite a bit of organizational waste, lack of proper execution

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sun

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    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small company feel in a big company.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Engineers call the shots resulting in products for engineers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company to work for ( now owned by Oracle).

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Newark, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Opportunities abound to be involved in cross-functional team to learn the company operations. Company encouraged employee development and mobility.

    Cons

    Compensation could be more competitive.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    excellent

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    Current Employee - Roc in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Roc in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    flexible, challenging,fun,fast paced,new,diversity,good as it gets....

    Cons

    time management,unprofessional,boring,money, finished,mismanagement, gone, could have done more

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Open, well managed, great place to work

    Cons

    Became irrelevant in the market

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lack of leadership

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules, good people to work with

    Cons

    Poor salaries, bungling by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No point now! Oracle is hopefully doing a better job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very interesting place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    I got to be on some great projects due to my subject-matter expertise.

    Cons

    Managers often were individual contributors with people reporting to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late!

  11.  

    An amazing company, much missed

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Engineering driven organization that took good care of it's people. Lots of perks, great people, fun to work at.

    Cons

    Engineering driven organization that took bad care of it's products. Never really profitable outside it's core business of hardware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Software is just as important as hardware.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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