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Updated November 15, 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
  • Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business (in 77 reviews)

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  1. "Oustanding Company (Pre-Google)"

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Great products, great leadership and team building

    Cons

    Sadly, the company wasn't able to go into the next generation (aka cloud)


  2. "awesome"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    great for learning at this place

    Cons

    sun is set for good

  3. "Memories of working at Sun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was great until suddenly it wasn't anymore

    Cons

    Senior management never saw the threats to their business model


  4. "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, technically challenging, world class software

    Cons

    Competing projects - "plant a thousand seeds, pick the prettiest flower"


  5. "Working at Sun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Good place for technical innovation

    Cons

    Not as revenue focused as should be


  6. "Sun was a great employer"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture, collegial atmosphere, intelligent coworkers and smart, effective managers.

    Cons

    In the final years, the top management lost their way and focused too hard on giving away the company crown jewels -- Solaris OS code -- for free.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give away your patented technology for free!


  7. "Engineer Comments on Oracle Santa Clara"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free soda, great gym, great cafeteria, very smart coworkers, great for new college grads.

    Cons

    For senior folks, limited career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Offer senior folks more opportunities for bettering their technical background in different areas.

  8. "Hardware design engineer"

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    Current Employee - Principal Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work environment ad culture

    work with industry top talents

    Cons

    salary increase is low if you work in the company for a long time


  9. "Unix System Administrator"

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot if you are willing to work hard and learn

    Cons

    Turnover rate is high for support engineers


  10. "Awesome place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Innovation was important, and so was the well-being and happiness of the employees.
    The culture promoted collaboration, and nurtured creativity.

    Cons

    Company doesn't exist.
    Sadly, towards the end, company was not good at making money; and not the best business decisions were made.


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