Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
1,043 Reviews

4.2
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Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 210 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 116 reviews)


Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins (in 75 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't know how to monetize (in 49 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Solutionz  in  Markham, ON
    Former Employee - Solutionz in Markham, ON

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Cool place during growth phase.

    Cons

    Layoffs after layoffs after layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess senior managers had no real clue to handle declining sales.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Learned alot working with Sun Microsystems

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    Former Employee - Tier II Support
    Former Employee - Tier II Support

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of training and exposure to new technologies, open culture environment, very helpful management

    Cons

    long working support hours, shifts should more in the day shift format

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Professionalism and innovation

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    trust in their employees
    strive to do the best for their customers
    innovative and exciting
    no nepotism - unlike most BC based organizations

    Cons

    long hours and demanding workload

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep focused on your customers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Fun at Sun is Done!

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    Current Employee - Area Systems Support Engineer - Customer Field Service
    Current Employee - Area Systems Support Engineer - Customer Field Service

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    I work in technical field support... the effort and assistance that other tech support engineers provide to each other is wonderful...lots of sharing and support when your stuck onsite at 2am with a RAID controller that wont recognize any disks...Pretty good knowledgebase with record of previous calls and root cause summaries with work arounds

    Cons

    There are simpy too many layers of management... our backline technical support is too weak to actually help with problem escalations in the field... the remaining Product technical support engineers are too busy and it has impacted customer satisfaction. Hence the decline in revenue and customer sales and loss of service contracts...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Layoff some fat in middle-management

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sun Microsystem

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    Current Employee - Service Account Manager  in  Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Service Account Manager in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    flexible work hours, open solaris

    Cons

    long hours, poor focus on company goals, reduce amount of management, be more customer facing, fix online systems, remove outdated processes and ideas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce amount of management, be more customer facing, fix online systems, remove outdated processes and ideas

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sun was an amazing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When the company succeeded, the employees were rewarded. Quarterly bonuses were awarded when the company met its goals, and the end-of-the-year bonus (based on your performance review) could be hefty.

    Cons

    It was very much an engineer's company. Too often, unprofitable product lines were continued because it was cool technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    excellent work culture

    Current Employee - Director Engineering
    Current Employee - Director Engineering

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Technology leaders who were ahead of time in introducing new concepts. Flexible and open work culture that encouraged innovation and team work.

    Cons

    Couldn't turn technology into profits for the company. Too much focus on open sourcing.

  9.  

    Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Income, Training, Work from home

    Cons

    US Based Management need some improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More feedback to staff

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Job at sun

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The flexibility of time.
    New ideas are well received

    Cons

    Its repetitive job.
    almost no side benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long chains cause loss of creativity

  11.  

    Static company from a career perspective, for ten years starting 2000

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Courses at Stanford and Berkeley

    Cons

    Incessant insecurity, continuous fear of lay offs. Political unethical scheming of mediocrities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked in Sun before the merger with Oracle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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