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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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  • 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. "QA Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and I loved working there

    Cons

    Cannot think any. I wish they know how to make money

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Great company providing satisfying and challenging work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Broomfield, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home flexibility, great work-life balance, no travel was required, the pay and benefits were excellent, team members were nice to work with, the Broomfield campus was very nice with a cafeteria providing a variety of menu/cuisine options.

    Cons

    Distributed teams in varying time zones made it difficult to get everyone on the phone for a meeting at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    Directors, VPs and other execs needed to co-mingle with the worker bees more than they did. Come down from their ivory tower every so often to see what was really going on in their organization.


  3. "It was pretty good while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, lots of autonomy to get stuff done

    Cons

    Tools many loose canons, poor execution of strategy


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  5. "Great company, until politics and take overs kicked in"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    cowboy club, great opportunities, liberty, flexibility and room to get things done. Great for engineers but also for sales & marketing.

    Cons

    more and more politics over the years. difficulties to get things done on a local level, more and more sign offs and signatures needed at Corp level for local stuff. Less room to get things done and make a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what happens in the field and not only in the US, they’re the ones bringing in the money


  6. "Great technology, amazing talent pool, yet poor marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, company vision ahead of its time, opportunities to learn and contribute

    Cons

    poor accountability, long project cycles, not enough killed deadwood projects

    Advice to Management

    Execs- heed what trench workers tell you.


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    "Good company to work for ( now owned by Oracle)."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Newark, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Opportunities abound to be involved in cross-functional team to learn the company operations. Company encouraged employee development and mobility.

    Cons

    Compensation could be more competitive.


  8. "Entering customer order information into database."

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    Former Contractor - Data Entry in Broomfield, CO
    Former Contractor - Data Entry in Broomfield, CO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The name of Sun Microsystem is recognizable by most tech savy people. I enjoy working in a fast paced work force that is creative and organized.

    Cons

    It is harder for large corporations to create change that can be dynamic. Most corporations have a set path because it has been found to work for them.


  9. "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible working environment for employees

    Cons

    Poor executive decision making and financial management


  10. "Great company to work for! great projects, positive thinking, efficient and committed teams, great technologies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Competent co-workers, great atmosphere; excellent work-life balance, great benefits and compensation; great culture, a lot of satisfied and happy colleagues, large amount of freedom in your daily work, no micromanagement

    Cons

    lack of focus, too engineering-driven, Sr management not be inspiring or innovative, no much space for initiatives, too much politics


  11. "No longer in business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, work from home

    Cons

    Not enough face time with teammates



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