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Sun Microsystems Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated July 18, 2014
Updated July 18, 2014
1,038 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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 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

    Pros

    Great culture, values, perks and work environment

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    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

    Pros

    Has a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Business model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Work as mechanical designer

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

    Pros

    Well train management, good working environment

    Cons

    It's hard to balance life and work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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
  6.  

    QA Director

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

    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
  7.  

    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

    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
  8.  

    Low morale, lot of internal politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    I worked for the Micro-electronics division. Pros would be flexible work culture, rooms instead of cubicles, easy going co-workers.

    Cons

    Lot of internal politics, in-efficient management, lengthy and often times flawed design cycles, non-convergence productization, low morale amongst engineers, non-competitive salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Boost the morale of the engineers by addressing their concerns, offering them competitive salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    IT Manager

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Smart and motivated team, good IT management, good benefits, Work from Home,

    Cons

    outsourced application support model is not agile and increases time to delivery, no sabbatical for long term employees, vision for company not consistently communicated, travel limits due to cost constraints, uncertain future for company as it was acquired by Oracle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't out source core knowledge of apps

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great company to work at !

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    Former Employee - Partner Sales  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Partner Sales in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Open, innovative, communicative, rewarding company. Many products currently used by the IT global community were originated at sun, java and Solaris just to name a few

    Cons

    Sun had to do much more on the long term viability and unfortunately failed in doing so

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now part of Oracle, Oracle management knows very well how to drive their business. Sun has great assets, mainly people. Keeping these people will help Oracle to keep sun customers and to actually gain more customers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A great ride with smart co-workers, great partners and wonderful customers

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Big Vision
    Innovation
    Terrific people
    Great customers
    Global sales theatre
    Many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    BoD Negligence
    Short attention span of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needed to place greater value on business application of tech than pure technology

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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