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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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  1. "Awesome"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work, very casual

    Cons

    purchased by Oracle, so no longer around

    Advice to Management

    don't get purchased, but too late for that


  2. "Wonderful technology compay"

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    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Pre-Sales Systems Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked hard, but, had fun doing it.

    Cons

    Cost of hardware changed so, scale, and financials needed more attention.

    Advice to Management

    Additional focus on financials

  3. "Absolutely was the best place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer and Architect in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer and Architect in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were the #1 reason that made working at Sun for 21 years a fantastic experience. We were all mostly young, smart people at the start and grew together, developing some of the core technology that powers the Internet and other tech.

    Cons

    Oracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business.

    Advice to Management

    Port-mortem - you should have never allowed Mr. Ponytail to run the business. His brilliant strategy of giving everything away for free in the hopes that one day a customer would want to pay for something didn't make a lot of business sense to many of us.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Respected, Valued, Encouraged to grow"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home. There was a work life balance. Lots of perks, and things to help make life and work much better. There was plenty of chances to get training, from technical training to soft skills training.

    Cons

    Sun never really knew how to monetize products, when we were at the center of the tech bubble we wound up giving away more service than we were paid for. The downer part of working for Sun was having to explain what we did whenever someone wanted to know who I worked for. Also Sun had about 10 years of lay offs each quarter which lead to pretty bad morale for those of us working in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the money, don't forget how to be human.


  5. "good comp"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    best comp ever to word for

    Cons

    not so good management team


  6. "technical foresight with a business model that's less then ideal"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great engineering people, great minds, fun to work with and learn from

    Cons

    quite a bit of organizational waste, lack of proper execution


  7. "Sun"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small company feel in a big company.

    Cons

    Disorganized. Engineers call the shots resulting in products for engineers.

  8. "excellent"

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    Current Employee - Roc in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Roc in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    flexible, challenging,fun,fast paced,new,diversity,good as it gets....

    Cons

    time management,unprofessional,boring,money, finished,mismanagement, gone, could have done more


  9. "The best"

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

    Pros

    Open, well managed, great place to work

    Cons

    Became irrelevant in the market


  10. "An amazing company, much missed"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Engineering driven organization that took good care of it's people. Lots of perks, great people, fun to work at.

    Cons

    Engineering driven organization that took bad care of it's products. Never really profitable outside it's core business of hardware.

    Advice to Management

    Software is just as important as hardware.


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