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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated May 23, 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. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great money great group of people best Tech Overall Great place to work

    Good pay and benefits and great colleagues, even if they are spread across the globe. Good work / life balance exists,

    Cons

    Lots of management reshuffling and churn at the top, which results in continuous reorganization.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Scott McNeally Back!


  2. "Best work environment I've ever experienced!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open culture, fresh and passionate

    Cons

    Too many products and sales can't create enough demand

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the little things that makes Sun the best developmental company in the valley, see how many executives are Sun Alumni!

  3. "Great! If Sun still existed, I'd still be working there! You also got to work remotely."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had wonderful co-workers and managers, and got fantastic experience working on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Management seemed "disorganized" and "unfocused" at times. It was also hard to get any continuity going on projects because there were so many reorgs.

    Advice to Management

    If you'd focused on business at hand, Sun might never have been acquired by Oracle.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Sun was an amazing place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    When the company succeeded, the employees were rewarded. Quarterly bonuses were awarded when the company met its goals, and the end-of-the-year bonus (based on your performance review) could be hefty.

    Cons

    It was very much an engineer's company. Too often, unprofitable product lines were continued because it was cool technology.


  5. "Good place to work and learn."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Hardware in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Hardware in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable people
    Near edge technology
    Learning environment

    Cons

    Over burden with politics
    Get some good architects who can take risk meet market needs.


  6. "Static company from a career perspective, for ten years starting 2000"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Courses at Stanford and Berkeley

    Cons

    Incessant insecurity, continuous fear of lay offs. Political unethical scheming of mediocrities

    Advice to Management

    I worked in Sun before the merger with Oracle.


  7. "Sun Communications Suite: Internet messaging and Calendar Client/Serer Suite"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has a lot of talent.

    Cons

    Business model missed LAMP and Web 2.0.

  8. "Work as mechanical designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well train management, good working environment

    Cons

    It's hard to balance life and work


  9. "Challenging Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Electronics Hardware Job in Germany, GA
    Current Employee - Electronics Hardware Job in Germany, GA

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

    Pros

    because of good carrier in life

    Cons

    it gives in our life and future

    Advice to Management

    give upates of new job


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Business Technologist in Broomfield, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Positive Working environment
    Emphasized employee retention
    Resources allocated to training and advancement

    Cons

    company was continuously in flux
    Had a required class called "managing Change"

    Advice to Management

    Now that it has been absorbed into Oracle things should be fairly stable, but I hope it hasn't lost that cool vibe of caring for all the employees and valuing their contributions.


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