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Sun Microsystems Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated May 16, 2014
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73% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

(11 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to work, great people

    Contractor (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsGreat place to work, great people. Allowed to get things done without asking for permission all the time. Very supportive work environment and opportunities. Loved the underdog, kickass attitude people had in general that I worked with.

    ConsDid seem like more money was thrown after bad regarding ailing marketing programs. Why not just spend money where things were truly generating some return? This seemed maginified just before the takeover from Oracle.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAll history now since Sun was acquired by Oracle.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a Great Place to work

    Services Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsGreat people, excellent products and lots of passion to changing the world

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementToo late to tell them anything

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Absolutely was the best place to work

    Senior Software Engineer and Architect (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsOracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPort-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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sun was setting

    Director (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsCompetent, low stress, good technology

    ConsToo slow moving, low energy, felt like a retirement place

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great technology, amazing talent pool, yet poor marketing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Newark, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementExecs- heed what trench workers tell you.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Programmer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsSmall company feel in a big company.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company to work for ( now owned by Oracle).

    Finance Manager (Former Employee)
    Newark, CA

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

    ConsCompensation could be more competitive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    excellent

    Roc (Current Employee)
    Pleasanton, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing run...

    Sales Manager (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsThere were amazing people that worked at Sun over the years. Really enjoyed my time there. The integrity and ethics came from the top. McNealy ran a very responsible organization which trickled down through the management ranks.

    ConsPolitics were apparent, but it's tough not to have that in any large organization. Lack of execution was an issue as time went on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Project lead

    Project Lead (Former Employee)
    Menlo Park, CA

    ProsVery good processes and very employee friendly company

    ConsSales team wasn't that good

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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