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. Great people, great job, poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work-life flexibility is great -- as long as the job gets done, no one will be breathing down your neck or checking timesheets to see how late you got in or how early you left. The chance to work with some really brilliant people -- unlike the management hierarchy, even if you are the lowliest pleb, if you are smart and know what you're talking about, the senior technical folks will be willing to share knowledge and discuss issues with you. The opportunity to learn about technology -- lots of neat things happen at Sun, you can always jump into a "virtual team" (in your own time) and contribute and learn lots.

    Cons

    Management incompetence, a lack of leadership, some technical careers will result in a career plateau -- it is, for example, very difficult to move to the "next level" when you reach the top Tech Support level.

    Advice to Management

    Execute well, listen to your employees, focus on customer satisfaction, don't chase the short term dollar but instead focus on building the company up to last through the long term.

  2. Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Income, Training, Work from home

    Cons

    US Based Management need some improvement

    Advice to Management

    More feedback to staff

  3. Sun, simplify

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Melbourne

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic technology company with great vision. In the past innovation and contrarian thinking has been rewarded and respected. If you have a great idea you almost always have the ability to develop it further. Long term I like to think that we are well positioned in terms of research, development and products.

    Cons

    Far too many overlay structures and reporting lines and complex global model. The appetite and stimulation of internal innovation has declined and there are not a lot of resources available internally. The marketing efforts of the company are not getting traction in the enterprise market. Senior executives are not getting our message and value proposition.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify internal structure and processes.

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  5. Make your aspirations known upfront

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Melbourne

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Focused company with innovative technology, the employees are a great bunch of people who try to help each other.

    Cons

    flat structure that does not allow for career advancement. ability to tell the bad news with fear of reprisal. Some managers only hire externally within their own image, and unfairly protect these new folk over and above what is right for the company, Hiring people from backgrounds that are not systems related should be questioned.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and hire from within, show real effort to employee growth. Listen more open to employee feedback. Build in job rotations amongst the seniro manamgement team, to ensure a balanced knowledge toward the business. Never assume that employees are happy, stay proactive on the front foot - there is always something that can be fixed.

  6. Sun Microsystems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sun makes a large variety of interesting technologies. Almost all of their technologies are open source. There are opportunities to get certifications on their technologies. Working at Sun is very good experience for other jobs that use their technology.The management provides support, but they still allow quite a lot of freedom.

    Cons

    The amount of paperwork required was quite large at the start, but there have been efforts to reduce this burden. Some of the training material is outdated and could have been improved. Orientation was a bit overwhelming at the start, but I quickly got up to speed.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more adaptive to local conditions.

  7. Developing micro chips

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  8. Sr. Staff Engineer, Software

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  9. Gone, Not Forgotten

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  10. Service Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

  11. Good Place to Start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Broomfield, CO (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    * Reasonably good benefits.
    * Challenging work.
    * I had a great manager!

    Cons

    * Lack of vision from upper management.
    * Unwillingness to commit resources to the stated vision.

    Advice to Management

    * Simplify and communicate the vision so that all employees can understand it.
    * Reduce the number of projects to facilitate better execution.

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