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Updated December 2, 2017
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  • Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business (in 77 reviews)

  • Glut of servers on the market from the dot com bust (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Good job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Decent working hours most of the time.

    Cons

    No growth prospects for ever.


  2. "Information security specialist"

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    Current Employee - Information Security Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Information Security Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leveraged variety of experiences in problem resolutions

    Cons

    Diversification in overall in problem resolution

    Advice to Management

    Very open minded

  3. "It was great while it lasted"

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

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (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.

    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.

    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.


  4. "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)


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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"

  8. "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


  9. "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!


  10. "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.


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