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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 1 March, 2015
Updated 1 March, 2015
1,045 Reviews
3.8
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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 76 reviews)

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

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Employee 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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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)

    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
  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)

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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
  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

    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
  8.  

    I wish I could have worked there forever.

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Outstanding management. Passionate, empowered employees.

    Cons

    Executives unable to communicate a compelling vision for the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    senior mobile marketing manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Best technology company on solaris and mobile

    Cons

    Too much products too ficused on core business missed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus but see world evolution

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Heads-up

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Freelancer - Computer Software Engineer, Applications in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Current Freelancer - Computer Software Engineer, Applications in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems (less than a year)

    Pros

    Have received prospective employment positions.

    Cons

    Don't have to be a nerd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seeking next platforms that are taking shape in the Computer Industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Modesto, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Modesto, CA (US)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    new company that does have alot of work.

    Cons

    Superintendant sucks and does not help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a better superintendant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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