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Updated February 22, 2017
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Sun Microsystems Co-CEO's Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
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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. "Engineering driven company w/ great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Engineering driven company w/ great people

    Cons

    Too focused on engineering and not building a scalable business


  2. "Enterprise Account Executive"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding fellow sales executives and customer care teams.

    Cons

    Turnover rate of support engineers.


  3. "Member of technical staff"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome company and great people

    Cons

    Unfortunately company could not do well


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  5. "Encouraged Innovation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Sun Microsystems was a company that encouraged innovation. The development of Java was one of Sun's greatest and lasting contributions.

    Cons

    After the dot com bubble burst, Sun Microsystems did not make as much money. Perhaps by encouraging innovation, Sun didn't focus as much on making a profit.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for encouraging innovation at Sun Microsystems. The legacy that was left behind is lasting and enduring. Java, remains to this day, an important element of the software ecosystem.


  6. "History"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, culture and job

    Cons

    corporate direction sometimes difficult to understand


  7. "Finance Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Awesome management! The work was challenging.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons that I can think of.


  8. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits. Treats good care of employees

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  9. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company run with engineering mindset

    Cons

    See Pros. Didn't know how to make money or grow business


  10. "Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, not there anymore.

    Cons

    They no longer exist but it was a hoot while they lasted.

    Advice to Management

    Buy low, sell high.


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    "Program Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Team environment; clear paths for advancement

    Cons

    very little warning for changes

    Advice to Management

    Geography does not dictate ability



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