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Updated April 19, 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. "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


  2. "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.


  3. "Super Firma mit viel Spirit"

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    Former Employee - Service Account Manager in Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Service Account Manager in Hamburg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    bei Sun herrschte ein exzellentes Arbeitsklima
    es gab überall super hilfsbereite Kollegen und nachhaltig persönliche Kontakte
    Sun hat übertariflich Entlohnt
    jeder konnte sein Arbeitszeit frei einteilen
    die Firma legt großen Wert auf Selbstorganisation
    sehr gute Weiterbildung auch fachlich

    Cons

    Sun stellte hohe Skill Anforderungen um dem Servicelevel, der gefordert wurde auch gerecht zu werden.
    Als AG war auch Sun sehr Quartals getrieben.

    Advice to Management

    schade das es Sun Microsystems nicht mehr gibt und der Spirit sich nicht vollständig fortführen ließ.


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  5. "Director, Corporate Development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    smartest technology people in the room

    Cons

    ahead of it's time in the vision of the network is the computer


  6. "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


  7. "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.


  8. "Sun Java"

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    Former Employee - Software Sales in Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Reading, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Sun Microsystems was a great company to work, with a great working ethos. In its day it was a very progressive company with great products and services

    Cons

    Sun Microsystems was a great company to work, with a great working ethos, though it couldn't maintain the momentum for the long term.

    Advice to Management

    Sun Microsystems was a great company to work, with a great working ethos, and it would be great to see the name revived.


  9. "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


  10. "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.


  11. "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Sun is known for it's people

    Cons

    Long work hours. Compensation could be better.

    Advice to Management

    You have a good set of people. Keep it up.


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