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Sun Microsystems Co-CEO's Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
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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. "Senior Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company
    "To ask permission is to seek denial" motto
    Great relationship with senior management

    Cons

    Company missed advent of open source software and commodity components
    Overestimated sales and growth
    Spent too much money on infrastructure

    Advice to Management

    Company sold to Oracle


  2. "PD Lead"

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    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


  3. "work at SUN"

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    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.


  4. "Excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multi cultural, good work environment, high energy

    Cons

    Too large a company. Lacks being dynamic

    Advice to Management

    Keep the same


  5. "Sr. Staff Engineer, Software"

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer, Software in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer, Software in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture. Working with many talented and super great people.

    Cons

    Purchased by Oracle, the culture was changed to political and mean. Lots nasty people migrated in from Oracle.


  6. "Heads-up"

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    Current Freelancer - Computer Software Engineer, Applications in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Freelancer - Computer Software Engineer, Applications in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Have received prospective employment positions.

    Cons

    Don't have to be a nerd.

    Advice to Management

    Seeking next platforms that are taking shape in the Computer Industry.


  7. "Respectful of employees"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At Sun, staff treated with respect - from IT to secretaries to engineers. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Sun: not the best strategic vision. Not the best linkage between marketing and engineering.


  8. "Great company to work with."

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    Former Contractor - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Contracted with Sun for half a year and enjoyed the team spirit, professionalism, and the ease they provided while working remotely.Would work a contract for this company again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Occasionally unable to reach the coordinator at times, but since they managed multiple projects, it was satisfactorily handled by their assistant.


  9. "Great place to work with!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, values, perks and work environment

    Cons

    Set back environment. Sometimes it feels like you need a push.


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

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    • 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.


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