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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. "Sr. Staff Engineer, Software"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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.


  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Great place to work with!"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Work as mechanical designer"

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    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


  8. "Great place to work, too bad it's gone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sun Microsystems was a really great place to work from many perspectives: real offices, with doors and walls that went to the ceilings, great corporate culture, its embrace of telecommuting, the beautiful (Rivermark) campus, above-average compensation.

    Cons

    I wish Sun's executives had been able to make the hard decisions (cutting people's pet but money-losing, non-strategic projects in favor of profitable or strategic projects) that were necessary to survive.

    Advice to Management

    Sun Microsystems is gone, so offering advice to management is kind of pointless now, isn't it?


  9. "QA Director"

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    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


  10. "An amazing company, much missed"

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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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