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Sun Microsystems Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 8, 2014
Updated October 8, 2014
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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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  1.  

    Best work environment I've ever experienced!

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    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Open culture, fresh and passionate

    Cons

    Too many products and sales can't create enough demand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the little things that makes Sun the best developmental company in the valley, see how many executives are Sun Alumni!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    I worked in Sun before the merger with Oracle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, great people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Contractor in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Did 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 ManagementAdvice

    All history now since Sun was acquired by Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Too late to tell them anything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Absolutely was the best place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Sun was setting

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    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Menlo Park, CA

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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