Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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  1. 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?


  2. Was a Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Services Sales Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Services Sales Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Too late to tell them anything


  3. QA Director

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    Former Employee - QA Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    none


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  5. A very good place to work for non-college graduates

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 Management

    Allow for second chances to those who have been disenfranchised due to past mistakes.


  6. Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, very casual

    Cons

    purchased by Oracle, so no longer around

    Advice to Management

    don't get purchased, but too late for that


  7. Software Sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Solid leadership in software

    Cons

    Positioning software in a hardware focused company

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  8. Wonderful technology compay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Additional focus on financials


  9. Great company providing satisfying and challenging work

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a 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 Management

    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.


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

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Sun was setting

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    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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



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