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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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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. "Test Technician IV"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Technician IV in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Test Technician IV in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Open door, your opinion matters, opportunities for increased responsibility

    Cons

    Good ol' boy system for promotions


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Meridian, ID
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Meridian, ID
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits. Positive atmosphere. Always a positive team feel. Didn't feel like anyone was more or less important than anyone else.

    Cons

    Getting bought out by Oracle was a pretty huge con, as my group was cut due to being redundant.

    Advice to Management

    Since they no longer exist as a company, I don't think any advice I give is warranted.


  3. "PD Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility and good ego system

    Cons

    Product/business not doing good at that time

    Advice to Management

    After bought by Oracle, I think the business is much better


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  5. "Technical Support Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great facilitates. ESPP. SunEd was nice for keeping up with certifications and new products lines. My direct manager was very good.

    Cons

    Treated like an assembly line worker. Management obsessed with metrics. Too reliant on proprietary technology.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Enterprise Architect
    Former Employee - Senior Enterprise Architect
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sun Mic was the best company, I have worked at. Love the people and the culture. I really enjoyed my time there & learned tremendously from my managers, peers. It was a very enriching experience. I would say, it was the mothership for many Silicon Valley companies. And, way more valuable than a Havard MBA.

    Cons

    Got acquired by the Reds. Need I say more. The culture shock was enormous and micro management by the new owner.

    Advice to Management

    Great company. Empower employees to make great decisions for all stakeholders.


  7. "work at SUN"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    may be a good brand name

    Cons

    Some groups are hard to work with them.


  8. "Great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hour are good some nights

    Cons

    Salary could be much better


  9. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits and company culture.

    Cons

    Too many people get lost in the shuffle.


  10. "Production Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I was very well paid.

    Cons

    This division of Oracle was originally a separate company, Hyperion Solutions. It was a terrible place to work. The unspoken motto was "Keep your head down and your nose to the grindstone." Micro-managing at every level. I was a manager and had to run every decision by my department head.

    Advice to Management

    Send all levels of management to management training.


  11. "Sales Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in South Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in South Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great technology innovatiion

    Cons

    Worst sales and marketing strategry



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