Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
1,024 Reviews
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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 117 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

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

    • 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)

    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    Best work environment I've ever experienced!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Marketing Manager in Menlo Park, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Open culture, fresh and passionate

    Cons

    Too many products and sales can't create enough demand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the little things that makes Sun the best developmental company in the valley, see how many executives are Sun Alumni!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great! If Sun still existed, I'd still be working there! You also got to work remotely.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing & Sales Enablement Manager in Phoenix, AZ (US)

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I had wonderful co-workers and managers, and got fantastic experience working on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Management seemed "disorganized" and "unfocused" at times. It was also hard to get any continuity going on projects because there were so many reorgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you'd focused on business at hand, Sun might never have been acquired by Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work! Remember - We are the dot in dot com?

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Cool technology, beautiful campus & perks, Flexible work hours, telecommute, drop in offices around the Bay Area, meet a lot of smart people around.

    Cons

    There was Constant reorganization, leadership changes, fear of lay offs so it was hard to focus, lack of clear direction from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late, bought by Oracle.

  10.  

    Director, Data Storage Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Good Training
    Known and respected company

    Cons

    Too Big
    Lots of overlap
    Overall a good company to work for

  11.  

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

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

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