Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 26 April, 2015
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Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 209 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 118 reviews)

Cons
  • Inexperienced senior management after Scott McNealy was no longer at the reins (in 76 reviews)

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

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  1. Worked as system engineers and worked hard. Very tough projects and hard working people

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good company, good pay and very interesting products, nice and smart people

    Cons

    Not very good organized company, Very good company, good pay and very interesting products, nice and smart people

  2. 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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool place during growth phase.

    Cons

    Layoffs after layoffs after layoffs.

    Advice to Management

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

  3. 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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

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  5. Professionalism and innovation

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    keep focused on your customers

  6. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Layoff some fat in middle-management

  7. 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Developing micro chips

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, strong philosophy, growth, development

    Cons

    Lack of interaction, no space to create

    Advice to Management

    More team building events

  9. Sr. Staff Engineer, Software

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer, Software in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer, Software in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  10. Gone, Not Forgotten

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial culture encouraged risk taking

    Cons

    Entrepreneurial culture lacked firm authority. Led to being acquired

    Advice to Management

    Most were absorbed into Oracle which was not a good place to be professionally.

  11. Service Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good growth, work life balance, flexible hours, learning environment,

    Cons

    work limited to support and service model, no new technology exposure

    Advice to Management

    Widen the scope and do more resource rotation for a better exposure and cross knowledge

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