Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 27 October, 2014
Updated 27 October, 2014
1,026 Reviews
4.1
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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 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 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 (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 (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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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (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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    The Fun at Sun is Done!

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    • Senior Management
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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.  

    Great company to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Herzliya (Israel)
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Herzliya (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Collaborative, multinational, "open" technilogy, great culture,

    Cons

    Workforce reducttion throughout the years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Client Executive Manager (Sales) in Burlington, MA (US)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great money great group of people best Tech Overall Great place to work

    Good pay and benefits and great colleagues, even if they are spread across the globe. Good work / life balance exists,

    Cons

    Lots of management reshuffling and churn at the top, which results in continuous reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring Scott McNeally Back!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best work environment I've ever experienced!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Open culture, fresh and passionate

    Cons

    Too many products and sales can't create enough demand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the little things that makes Sun the best developmental company in the valley, see how many executives are Sun Alumni!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Director, Data Storage Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Good Training
    Known and respected company

    Cons

    Too Big
    Lots of overlap
    Overall a good company to work for

  11.  

    Great! If Sun still existed, I'd still be working there! You also got to work remotely.

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had wonderful co-workers and managers, and got fantastic experience working on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Management seemed "disorganized" and "unfocused" at times. It was also hard to get any continuity going on projects because there were so many reorgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you'd focused on business at hand, Sun might never have been acquired by Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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