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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture and benefits. Treats good care of employees

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of


  2. "Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, not there anymore.

    Cons

    They no longer exist but it was a hoot while they lasted.

    Advice to Management

    Buy low, sell high.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "What a shame"

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    Former Employee - Director of Program Management in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Program Management in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great products,good environment, good people

    Cons

    Oracle takesover and ruins it, enuf said


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Liked me so much I contracted with them after I got laid off."

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Division Logistics in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Division Logistics in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The People. I loved working there.

    Cons

    The People. I miss them. Freakin' Oracle Merger!


  5. "Group Product Marketing Managee"

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    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open, collaborative working environment, encouraging innovations and new ideas.

    Cons

    Lack of full attention to customer needs & requirements.

    Advice to Management

    Customer is ALWAYS right, period!


  6. "Great work environment"

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    Former Employee - Distinguished Marketing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Distinguished Marketing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative, smart people on a mission

    Cons

    Big company slow moving deliberate

    Advice to Management

    Integrate acquisitions faster


  7. "Evaluation Time"

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Half Moon Bay, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Half Moon Bay, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They're actually were no Pros. Not on the same page . . .

    Cons

    No one was on the same page . . . Everyone, everywhich way, not in a unified direction no communication twixt Sales & Marketing.

  8. "Great company in its day"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you love technology, Sun was a great place to work. There was an engineering culture second to none, and you got the experience of working for a company that understood that when you make the market bigger, that benefits you. It's seen as a failure now, but really was just playing a longer game than the market had tolerance for.

    Cons

    Politics. Insane politics. The California side of the company - particularly the non-technical management - was more like kindergarteners bashing each other in the head with rocks. Getting pulled into someone's office for them to try to enlist you in helping get their boss fired so they could take his job happened to me. Just awful.

    Advice to Management

    Don't sell the company to Oracle. Oops, I guess it's too late for that. A lot of worthwhile technology went down the drain at that point.


  9. "A once great company to work for...."

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    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Communications Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are amazing. I've never worked in a company before where your co-workers extend themselves so much to make a project successful and ensure those on the team are not only in sync but have the information and support they need to be successful

    Cons

    The Leadership. This company has so much going for it yet there are those at the executive level who don't seem to understand the word focus.

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourselves. Well not all management just few at the very top. It's great to have big dreams but you also need to know how to execute.


  10. "I wish I could have worked there forever."

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Outstanding management. Passionate, empowered employees.

    Cons

    Executives unable to communicate a compelling vision for the company


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