Sun Microsystems Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
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Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
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Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 210 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins (in 75 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Great company to work with.

    Former Employee - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Contracted with Sun for half a year and enjoyed the team spirit, professionalism, and the ease they provided while working remotely.Would work a contract for this company again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Occasionally unable to reach the coordinator at times, but since they managed multiple projects, it was satisfactorily handled by their assistant.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Great place to work with!

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture, values, perks and work environment

    Cons

    Set back environment. Sometimes it feels like you need a push.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Has a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Business model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work as mechanical designer

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Well train management, good working environment

    Cons

    It's hard to balance life and work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    QA Director

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    Former Employee - QA Director  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Director in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    It was pretty good while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, lots of autonomy to get stuff done

    Cons

    Tools many loose canons, poor execution of strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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 for 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.  

    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 for 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
  11.  

    Experience in Sun

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    Former Employee - SQA Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - SQA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free, learn new techs, open, can work at home, life and work balance.

    Cons

    Revenue is declining, losing market, cannot saw X86 opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Targeting to market, not tech

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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