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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.4 1,007 reviews

55% Approve of the CEO

Sun Microsystems CEO (Oracle) Lawrence J. Ellison

Lawrence J. Ellison

(77 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great people, great job, poor management

    Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee) Melbourne

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementExecute 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sun, simplify

    Solutions Architect (Current Employee) Melbourne

    ProsFantastic 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.

    ConsFar 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 Senior ManagementSimplify internal structure and processes.

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    Make your aspirations known upfront

    Senior Product Manager (Former Employee) Melbourne

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

    Consflat 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 Senior ManagementPromote 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sun Microsystems

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sydney

    ProsSun 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementNeed to be more adaptive to local conditions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work with!

    Senior Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA (US)

    ProsGreat culture, values, perks and work environment

    ConsSet back environment. Sometimes it feels like you need a push.

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

     

    A high tech company with pro employee culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood atmosphere and great benefits

    ConsEngineering driven company which was ahead of time in technologies it built

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    The sky was the limit

    Solution Designer (Former Employee) Denver, CO (US)

    ProsCreative, fun, forwards, great place to work.

    ConsLong work hours and later hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember the values that SUN stood for and keep them alive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Great while it lasted!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of talented people. Great flex time.

    ConsAfter 2009, the bureaucracy took over and it started to implode.

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    Account Executive

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Munich (Germany)

    Prosstrong in Customer relation, positive business culture within the former Sun Microsystems

    Consbad management in the head quarter. bad strategy, business model wrong within the former Sun MIcrosystems

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great while it lasted

    Solutionz (Former Employee) Markham, ON (Canada)

    ProsCool place during growth phase.

    ConsLayoffs after layoffs after layoffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI guess senior managers had no real clue to handle declining sales.

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

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