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Updated September 29, 2017
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Sun Microsystems Co-CEO's Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
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  1. "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


  2. "Observations"

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    Former Contractor - Operations Manager
    Former Contractor - Operations Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very proactive team and there is a always a sense of urgency. It makes you want to always give it your best.

    Cons

    Higher management has very little respect for outside contractors and they use them as scape goats when anything goes wrong.

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. "Went nowhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Sun was a pioneer at its time, responsible for a number of great innovations. Great place for engineers to learn systems.

    Cons

    Sun did not see what was coming. The leadership seemed to drink their own cool aid. For the longest time, they made fun of other companies, and did not notice Wintel eat their lunch.


  7. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Some what average in career growth

    Cons

    revenues and profits declining each quarter

  8. "Fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great community who were better than the opportunity.

    Cons

    Too much heavy process; hard to turn the battleship.


  9. "ADM"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buford, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buford, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent earning potential and benefits.

    Cons

    Executive leadership not in tune with market.


  10. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Good benefit and vacation policy. Good management team, work from home policy also helps family work life balance

    Cons

    Due to growth, many of the internal systems are antiquated and salary is not as competitive as it could be

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that you are rewarding on performance only and stay current with competitive salaries to ensure employee retention.


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