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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. Helpful (2)

    "Laziness Promoted, Management Gossiped about rumors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Technology. The best of the best employees. Iowa salaries in the Silicon Valley. A lot of interesting people work there.

    Cons

    underpays excellence. Management will tell other employees rumors about you. If you work 20 hour days no one in Management will suggest it might hurt you, They wouldn't hire people to help someone I know, but when they left, Sun hired 3 people to replace her. No raise for extreme excellence.

    Advice to Management

    Develop some human compassion, reward excellence.


  2. "Sad to see Oracle emasculate Sun..... it was a great company but no longer."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Innovation, cool technology, opportunities to grow, great working environment, provides a good challenge for the engineer looking to expand their skill set. Typical tech vendor experience.

    Cons

    Poor choices by management, loss of direction and unclear intentions. Sale of the company to Oracle, which is in the process of eating the remaining young. There is a state of fear among all the legacy Sun employees, no one is willing to stand up and voice an honest opinion for fear of loosing their job, which sadly is already gone. Oracle has no idea what to do with what they've purchased.

    Advice to Management

    Find the jewel that was Sun and nurture what's left. It will return profits to you as well as innovate in areas that were never consider. Sadly... the brain drain has already happened and what's left is middle management, covering their tracks and hoping to eek out a few more weeks of pay before the axe falls. No one has any balls.


  3. "Sun is now Oracle for a reason"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Partner Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Partner Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work from home is a great concept. While it eliminated the pain of extreme commuting in the Bay Area - it left you isolated and communications had to be very structured. Even going into the office occassionally was pointless as no one was there to meet with.

    Cons

    1. Very much a clique culture. The employee population was divided between those that were there during the boom years (pre-1999) and those who joined the company after 2000. If you were not part of the boom group you were marginalized.

    2. Had a new boss every 6 months. Company had big layoffs twice a year for 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Many will not make it at Oracle. Senior management was very disfunctional.


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  5. "Once a good place to work, but don't even try now"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Direct management was very supportive in career development, work/life balance, and colaboration. There was plenty of room to move your career around in the company once you made the right contacts. The ability to work virtually was an excellent benifit.

    Cons

    You spent half your time fighting internal battles to try to get any work done. It was difficult sometimes to get to the right person to get the job done. Interal processes made it difficult to do business in a timely manner. Senior level management was disconnected with the field and placed importance on processes that weren't revenue generating and held no value.

    Advice to Management

    Get back in touch with your teams in the field so you can find out what they truly need to get business done. Stop implementing tools and processes then not follow through only to try again a few years later. It's a waste of time and training.


  6. "Lot of flexibility but no direction and aggression"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff II in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Lot of flexibility in how and when you get your work done. People do things voluntarily and on time.
    -Good engineers. Lot of knowledge sharing.
    -Brand name

    Cons

    -Management should have been more aggressive. Seems there is no direction.
    -Suck at marketing and product strategy. Great engineers but don't know how to tap that power.
    -Open source and free distribution of everything does not work. Need a revenue model.
    -Lot of old folks around. Can feel the generation gap. Median age of company is high. The company's thinking as a whole is also like that - don't want to change according to the changing market.

    Advice to Management

    No use now. The shop is about to close.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Favoritism, politics ...NO ethics and Morals"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits for the Employees, decent compensation , good working environment (offices).

    Cons

    Politics , politics ,
    Kiss the bosses rear end and you would be safe.
    Too much "brown Nosing" and absolutely NO morals and ethics on part of upper management.

    No responsibility and accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not promote Engineers who are NOT qualified to be Managers.
    Also Please recognize the hard working people.


  8. "It was good while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Support Engineer in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Systems Support Engineer in Southfield, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have the opportunity to work with some really good people.

    Cons

    Continued uncertainty and poor top managment.

    Advice to Management

    Find a plan and stick with it. Even a bad plan that is followed is better than the plan of the week that no one believes in or expects to last.


  9. "sigh...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    First level managers seem to truly care about their employees. Very flexible work schedule; ability to work from home a plus.

    Cons

    Executive management drove the company into the ground. They didn't move quickly enough to save the company, not wanting to make tough decisions before it was too late. Took the company from a powerhouse to fishfood, about to be swallowed up by the sharks at Oracle.

    Advice to Management

    Get your resumes ready....


  10. "Great Ideas, Poor Execution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, competitive compensation package

    Cons

    Constant re-organizations by executives more concerned with their own careers than the health of the company. Unsuccessful in finding marketing executives who understand both basic marketing and enterprise IT. Marketing strategy too focused on pricing gimicks.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the company instead of yourselves.


  11. "IT Engagement Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Engagement Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and the ability to work from home. For the most part... the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    No leadership direction and the upcoming acquisition make it very difficult to work there. Layoffs are on the way. Stay away...

    Advice to Management

    Unfortunately there is no future there... leadership has given up without really trying. It's a very disappointing situation as Sun had great potential and products.


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