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Pros
  • But Sun was novel in many areas such as company-wide work from home policies before it became trendy (in 212 reviews)

  • Employee friendly, great work life balance (in 124 reviews)

Cons
  • unclear how open source focus can grow a business (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "IT Professional"

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic company to work for

    Cons

    Oracle bought Sun and closed us down


  2. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility of work life balance was excellent even though the demands and expectations were high.

    Cons

    There were some challenges around having a manager located in Scotland - an 8 hour time difference.


  3. "Good Place to Start"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Reasonably good benefits.
    * Challenging work.
    * I had a great manager!

    Cons

    * Lack of vision from upper management.
    * Unwillingness to commit resources to the stated vision.

    Advice to Management

    * Simplify and communicate the vision so that all employees can understand it.
    * Reduce the number of projects to facilitate better execution.


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  5. "Great company!!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Morale initiatives such as happy hour and snack bar. Great training and excellent managers.

    Cons

    Often numbers do not reveal the entire story. Management reviews focus on numbers instead of business impact.

    Advice to Management

    I have nothing to offer such a talented pool of leaders.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Positive Working environment
    Emphasized employee retention
    Resources allocated to training and advancement

    Cons

    company was continuously in flux
    Had a required class called "managing Change"

    Advice to Management

    Now that it has been absorbed into Oracle things should be fairly stable, but I hope it hasn't lost that cool vibe of caring for all the employees and valuing their contributions.


  7. "Awesome"

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    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


  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home. There was a work life balance. Lots of perks, and things to help make life and work much better. There was plenty of chances to get training, from technical training to soft skills training.

    Cons

    Sun never really knew how to monetize products, when we were at the center of the tech bubble we wound up giving away more service than we were paid for. The downer part of working for Sun was having to explain what we did whenever someone wanted to know who I worked for. Also Sun had about 10 years of lay offs each quarter which lead to pretty bad morale for those of us working in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the money, don't forget how to be human.


  10. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, excellent co-workers that were smart, competent, and fun to work with

    Cons

    Greed and self-centered attitudes were very prominent at Sun

    Advice to Management

    Don't just live to move up the ladder, work with people with the perspective that every day counts, not just the future


  11. "Entering customer order information into database."

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    Former Contractor - Data Entry in Broomfield, CO
    Former Contractor - Data Entry in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The name of Sun Microsystem is recognizable by most tech savy people. I enjoy working in a fast paced work force that is creative and organized.

    Cons

    It is harder for large corporations to create change that can be dynamic. Most corporations have a set path because it has been found to work for them.


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