Sun Microsystems
3.4 of 5 988 reviews
www.sun.com Santa Clara, CA 5000+ Employees

Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.4 988 reviews

                             

57% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

(69 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home"
    in 210 reviews
  • "Work life balance, company vision ahead of its time, opportunities to learn and contribute"
    in 114 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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Learned alot working with Sun Microsystems

Tier II Support (Former Employee)

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Professionalism and innovation

Manager (Former Employee)

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

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

Conslong hours and demanding workload

Advice to Senior Managementkeep focused on your customers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The Fun at Sun is Done!

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

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

ProsI 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

ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementLayoff some fat in middle-management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Sun Microsystem

Service Account Manager (Current Employee)
Vancouver, BC

I have been working at Sun Microsystems

Prosflexible work hours, open solaris

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hours, poor focus on company goals, reduce amount of management, be more customer facing, fix online systems, remove outdated processes and ideas

Advice to Senior Managementreduce amount of management, be more customer facing, fix online systems, remove outdated processes and ideas

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Awesome

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO (US)

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat place to work, very casual

Conspurchased by Oracle, so no longer around

Advice to Senior Managementdon't get purchased, but too late for that

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Wonderful technology compay

Pre-Sales Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

ProsWorked hard, but, had fun doing it.

ConsCost of hardware changed so, scale, and financials needed more attention.

Advice to Senior ManagementAdditional focus on financials

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Absolutely was the best place to work

Senior Software Engineer and Architect (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

ProsThe people were the #1 reason that made working at Sun for 21 years a fantastic experience. We were all mostly young, smart people at the start and grew together, developing some of the core technology that powers the Internet and other tech.

ConsOracle bought Sun ;-( because Sun senior management didn't know how to run a business.

Advice to Senior ManagementPort-mortem - you should have never allowed Mr. Ponytail to run the business. His brilliant strategy of giving everything away for free in the hopes that one day a customer would want to pay for something didn't make a lot of business sense to many of us.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company providing satisfying and challenging work

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Broomfield, CO (US)

I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than a year

ProsWork from home flexibility, great work-life balance, no travel was required, the pay and benefits were excellent, team members were nice to work with, the Broomfield campus was very nice with a cafeteria providing a variety of menu/cuisine options.

ConsDistributed teams in varying time zones made it difficult to get everyone on the phone for a meeting at the same time.

Advice to Senior ManagementDirectors, VPs and other execs needed to co-mingle with the worker bees more than they did. Come down from their ivory tower every so often to see what was really going on in their organization.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software Sales

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Sun Microsystems

ProsSolid leadership in software

ConsPositioning software in a hardware focused company

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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Sun was setting

Director (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

ProsCompetent, low stress, good technology

ConsToo slow moving, low energy, felt like a retirement place

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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