Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    excellent work culture

    Current Employee - Director Engineering
    Current Employee - Director Engineering

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technology leaders who were ahead of time in introducing new concepts. Flexible and open work culture that encouraged innovation and team work.

    Cons

    Couldn't turn technology into profits for the company. Too much focus on open sourcing.


  2. Static company from a career perspective, for ten years starting 2000

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Courses at Stanford and Berkeley

    Cons

    Incessant insecurity, continuous fear of lay offs. Political unethical scheming of mediocrities

    Advice to Management

    I worked in Sun before the merger with Oracle.


  3. Great while it lasted!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of talented people. Great flex time.

    Cons

    After 2009, the bureaucracy took over and it started to implode.


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  5. The sky was the limit

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Solution Designer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative, fun, forwards, great place to work.

    Cons

    Long work hours and later hours.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the values that SUN stood for and keep them alive.


  6. Sun Communications Suite: Internet messaging and Calendar Client/Serer Suite

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Business model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.


  7. Work as mechanical designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well train management, good working environment

    Cons

    It's hard to balance life and work


  8. Challenging Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    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 a year)

    Pros

    because of good carrier in life

    Cons

    it gives in our life and future

    Advice to Management

    give upates of new job


  9. Awesome while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    smart people, fun challenges, adventure

    Cons

    we didnt know how to run a business


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. 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
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Sun Microsystems is gone, so offering advice to management is kind of pointless now, isn't it?



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