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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. "I worked with some of the most brilliant and creative engineering and marketing professionals in Silicon Valley."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The opportunity to work with capable, creative professionals.
    - Learning new skills.
    - Doing work on a large scale, involving global communities and thousands of end user customers.
    - Challenging, interesting work.

    Cons

    - Employee ranking system on a curve - couldn't (per the ranking sytem) have all excellent or all poor workers in a group.
    - Complacency by some employees resulting in decreased productivity, morale.
    - Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins. Management by whim in some cases. Haven't worked there since oracle purchased the company.

    Advice to Management

    Manage to a greater degree based on results and customer feedback.


  2. "Excellent opportunity for growth"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The team of people are amazing and there was very strong team collaboration.

    Cons

    Heavy workloads as the company continued to downsize

  3. "Sunset"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work at home program. Good balance between work and personal life.

    Middle management great to work with. Have great products.

    Cons

    CEO did not know how to lead. During the Oracle acquisition had us running around doing things and purchasing new apps. that made know sense since we knew Oracle would get rid of it once they took over. Clearly no direction at all starting in 2006.

    Advice to Management

    They did it! Sold the company to the highest bidder.


  4. "Sun is now Oracle for a reason"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Partner Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Partner Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work from home is a great concept. While it eliminated the pain of extreme commuting in the Bay Area - it left you isolated and communications had to be very structured. Even going into the office occassionally was pointless as no one was there to meet with.

    Cons

    1. Very much a clique culture. The employee population was divided between those that were there during the boom years (pre-1999) and those who joined the company after 2000. If you were not part of the boom group you were marginalized.

    2. Had a new boss every 6 months. Company had big layoffs twice a year for 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Many will not make it at Oracle. Senior management was very disfunctional.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "A great company with good vision, products and technologies but shame on the management!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great vision, products and technology and good compensation. great level of flexibility and also gives an opportunity to grow into your career and good career advancement opportunities for self starters. Global opportunities for work and travel. Good benefit and profit sharing. Stock purchase plan is good as it gives 15% discount and good 401K plan as well. Sun has beautiful campuses and also has good fitness centers which are free for the employees. The fitness centers are on campus itself and they run all sorts of fitness programs all year round. Also has good onsite cafeteria. It has a diverse culture and great place to work.

    Cons

    Lack of execution and direction from upper management. It seems as though that the management has not been interested in making Sun a #1 company again the way it was during the "Internet Boom". It has a great vision but unfortunately lacks in execution. I am very sad to see a great company like Sun crumble and I blame the upper management for it as they refused to open their eyes. It is just like the financial credit crunch that we are seeing in the country today. I knew Sun was heading towards disaster since past 5 years as I have seen and worked with the management who were just not interested in making the products better and were not really listening to what the customers wanted. There were so may opportunities and lots of money on the table for Sun to grab but alas the management were just not interested and were busy making wrong decisions and wasting time and money. This current situation that Sun is in was absolutely inevitable and I am least surprised but am also very sad as I really like the company and have worked for there for almost 2 decades. It has been a huge part of my career and life!

    Advice to Management

    Work for the company and not for yourselves. Get rid of the "silo" attitude and stop networking between yourselves and stop hiring a candidate internally because "you like them and they are in your network". Hire people because of their intelligence, diligence and contribution.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Just another day on the slowly sinking Titanic."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sun Microsystems has great employees who, for the most part have integrity, honesty and good work ethic. Can't say the same for some of the members of our senior management team!

    Cons

    Been at Sun for over 10 years and have hit the ultimate dead end. Doing Director level work and getting paid about the same as an individual contributor at a lower level. This is NOT the place to grow a career right now. It pays the bills and that is about it. My prediction for 2009: lots of employees will start dialing down their work ethic since they know they will not be getting any raises, bonuses or promotions in the near future. Even worse, layoffs will be a constant threat. Performance will level off and start to decline about 6-9 months from now.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of your incompetent senior Directors and VPs. They get paid way too much for the return you are getting. Keep the company lean & mean. Continue to recognize your high performers and do whatever it takes to keep them in the company. Otherwise you will see them working with your competitors.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Benefits and pay are great, but it's a dead-end company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefit and pay. Also usually not petty when it comes to people taking time off for work for medical or other personal reasons.

    Cons

    Wow. Almost too many to mention. Mostly lame upper management. Everything is based on Politics and they never bring any new blood in at the top;. They just keep playing musical chairs with the same lame guys that have been there for years. They also are WAY to internally focused. Spend more time reorganizing the company vs focusing on the customer and the market.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded. Bring in new blood. Hold people accountable

  8. "Stay away from this sinking ship."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Sun Microsytems has the best Work from Home program. They do practice what they preach on Eco and cutting down employees commuting and conserving energy.

    Cons

    One you are put in a position it is very hard to move to other areas. Management pegs you into a hole and that only way out is to leave or get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Spend time with employee on career path within company. If an employee expresses an interest of growth, work with them to carve out the path and see how they can reach that goal. Don't look at this as a threat for them to leave their job but to help the company.


  9. "Still struggling from the Dot.Com bust of 2001"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Program Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance environment. General management philosophy of treating employees fair and well. Encouraged to work on professional development via SunU courses which is quite good. People are smart, friendly and generally collaborative on joint goals which makes working at Sun fun. You feel energized by the productivity.

    Cons

    Sun has never been able to recover from the Dot.Com bust years and I'm not sure why. Now the company seems to be sinking, slowly. 40% of current revenues comes from US, and with the US economy being depressed, it does not look like Sun will be able to turn it around for another 2 years or so. Few options for promotion due to the stagnating company position. So morale is low. There is a current policy of hiring "younger" people with less experience; hence, lower salaries. Do not expect to receive bonuses, and stock options will be worth nothing - so you can not really expect anything to come from this part of your compensation package.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to bring in a "turn around" expert to rework/reinvent Sun for it's next life. Neither Jonathan Schwartz or Scott McNeily have this ability. Some tough decisions need to be made in order to save the overall company. It will be tough on the current Sun employees, but it has to happen.


  10. "Sun - Used to be a fantastic place to work. Now, its below average."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you can time-travel back to pre-1998 or so. it would be great. Sun used to be a very special place to work, full
    of creative, smart, non-mainstream people. Today, its just another struggling tech company.

    Some products are strong, but stay far, far away from any non-profitable product group (i.e., anything but Solaris
    and servers)

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, widespread "ostrich" behavior.

    There was a huge wave of carpetbaggers seeking instant riches that joined the company in the late 90s.
    It dramatically changed the culture and working style of the company.

    Now, after years of no growth and losing money, its a hollow company, at best.

    Advice to Management

    Make tough decisions - don't just keep muddling through.