Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 18 September 2014
Updated 18 September 2014
1,021 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible working conditions, ability to work from home (in 210 reviews)

  • Great technology, lots of smart people and a good work life balance (in 116 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 people, great job, poor management

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to work

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    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Income, Training, Work from home

    Cons

    US Based Management need some improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More feedback to staff

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sun, simplify

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect  in  Melbourne
    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Melbourne

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Simplify internal structure and processes.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Make your aspirations known upfront

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Melbourne
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Melbourne

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Sun Microsystems

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more adaptive to local conditions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Was a nice company to start the career, bad managment and execution pulled down the company

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    - Good Work Life Balance
    - Challenging work if you are in the right team
    - Good processes that I appreciate now

    Cons

    - Bad Middle Management
    - Each new VP/Senior Director made changes as per their opinion
    - Good teams are not common
    - Compensation is average
    - Laggards found a way to stay on even when good engineers were fired for "business reasons"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work with.

    Former Employee - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Illustrator for Gov Proposals in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Contracted with Sun for half a year and enjoyed the team spirit, professionalism, and the ease they provided while working remotely.Would work a contract for this company again in a heartbeat.

    Cons

    Occasionally unable to reach the coordinator at times, but since they managed multiple projects, it was satisfactorily handled by their assistant.

    Recommends
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    Sun was an amazing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager  in  Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Austin, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    When the company succeeded, the employees were rewarded. Quarterly bonuses were awarded when the company met its goals, and the end-of-the-year bonus (based on your performance review) could be hefty.

    Cons

    It was very much an engineer's company. Too often, unprofitable product lines were continued because it was cool technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Best Product Company I have worked for in carrier of 20 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    1. Best Product Engineering Practices
    2. Allows and recognises Innovation as opposed to sweating
    3. Java Expertise Paradize
    4. US Architects were always there to support and observe the quality of work

    Cons

    1. Indian version is always bad.. as Indian seniors were lacking required Technical Depth and were spending time on Politics
    2. Selling Technology is not Sun's skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None as It is already sold to Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Director Product Managment

    Former Employee - Director Product Managemet  in  Herzliya (Israel)
    Former Employee - Director Product Managemet in Herzliya (Israel)

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

    Pros

    Great company values, innovation, personal growth, benefits, work environment

    Cons

    Executive management made wrong decisions and lost the market

    Recommends

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