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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated Sep 12, 2019

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Sun Microsystems CEO Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
36 Ratings
Pros
  • "But Sun was novel in many areas such as company-wide work from home policies before it became trendy(in 213 reviews)

  • "Sun respected their employee Work-Life balance(in 128 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management never saw the threats to their business model(in 75 reviews)

  • "Upper management became disinterested, was spending too much on selling their selves rather than promoting the company for the future(in 49 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "It was great while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Systems Support Engineer in Southfield, MI
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Sun gave the world many great technologies, NFS, Java, NIS, NIS+, Solaris, and so on. They were quite ahead of their time in a lot of respects. Sun respected their employee Work-Life balance. Even going as far as to tell people to take time off and stop working. The environment was wonderful, great technology, great people, a very positive atmosphere. Office floor plan had several different area that you could... work in depending on the task you had to accomplish. Individual pods when you needed to focus and work on a task. Larger team collaboration rooms for several employees to talk, share ideas and collaborate on things. Smaller spaces for smaller teams or for managers to have confidential one-on-one meetings. The bigger campuses even had "drop in areas" for visiting employees to be able to get a desk and do some work. And above all, this company's motto was "The Network is the Computer" which rings so true now with Cloud Computing. Employees were also required (at least in my role) to take a minimum of two training classes a year, one in hardware and one in software. I haven't been at a company since that has put so much into their employees with respect to training. Would totally recommend the old Sun to people. But can't anymore since the Oracle acquisition.

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    Cons

    * Couldn't market their products * In-consistent approach on Solaris x86. Had they not ignored it / killed it / reanimated it as much as they did, perhaps Linux wouldn't have completely ate its lunch * Inconsistent hiring into job levels... aka a less experienced person got hired into a higher ranked role than someone already performing well in a lower ranked role. (Think being hired as an L3 and the L2 has much... more experience.) * Not able to sell their technology well * Glut of servers on the market from the dot com bust... really hurt sales of new systems. * Was ahead of their time, and thus was acquired before being able to really make waves with Cloud Computing.

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    Advice to Management

    Pony Tailed CEO was a mistake, shouldn't have changed captains in the storm. Being Sold to Oracle was another mistake, but I blame pony tail for that misstep.

    Sun Microsystems2017-11-29
  2. "Work hard and get ahead"

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    Former Employee - Management in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great organization, great people and flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is an "not invented here" mentality which means, if you're not in an engineering group....then maybe your contributions as discounted

    Sun Microsystems2019-08-29
  3. "Pretty good"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good working environment. Mostly friendly people

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about Sun

    Sun Microsystems2019-08-06
  4. "required"

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    Current Employee - Tech Lead 

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    gone, not much to say about

    Cons

    ok, not much to say about

    Sun Microsystems2019-07-27
  5. "Miss a great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The company believed in growing their employees. There were lots of opportunities to be promoted within job, laterally or upward.

    Cons

    Some managers needs to look at their employee as individuals with different needs and not group them based on whether peers want same development.

    Sun Microsystems2019-05-04
  6. "good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    awesome company with great inovation

    Cons

    too many office politics that drive engineers away

    Sun Microsystems2018-11-04
  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Ok i think but not sure

    Cons

    This company went bankrupt how about that

    Sun Microsystems2018-12-07
  8. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Good team and camaraderie among all employees

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Sun Microsystems2018-08-28
  9. "Principle Hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Great Technical Talent and People

    Cons

    Bought by Oracle; no longer exists

    Sun Microsystems2018-08-14
  10. "Account Manager"

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    Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Able to work with many different technologies and given the tools to prospect new accounts in my territory

    Cons

    Challenges included the constant need for more reports, new reports, and updates even though we were dealing with long sales cycles and complex solution sales.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right talent with proven track records and allow them to do their job.

    Sun Microsystems2018-05-29
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