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Sun Microsystems CEO Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
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Pros
  • "But Sun was novel in many areas such as company-wide work from home policies before it became trendy(in 213 reviews)

  • "Sun respected their employee Work-Life balance(in 129 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management never saw the threats to their business model(in 76 reviews)

  • "Upper management became disinterested, was spending too much on selling their selves rather than promoting the company for the future(in 49 reviews)

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  1. "Great company, great culture, Pretty decent Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Social and collegiate company that worked together to achieve amazing . The teamwork that was evident at Sun was

    Cons

    Too slow to adapt amazing technology to market demands. The company invented an amazing amount of technology ( Solaris, Java, SunRay, ZFS ) but got caught out with being late to Linux and Commodity hardware.

    Sun Microsystems2017-03-02
  2. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney
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    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Income, Training, Work from home

    Cons

    US Based Management need some improvement

    Advice to Management

    More feedback to staff

    Sun Microsystems2014-08-13
  3. "Too late for Sun?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
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    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    - talented employees who are great at what they do - a culture that promotes innovation and change - flexible work options + a real work / life balance

    Cons

    - disparate systems + too many of them! - lack of strategic direction at a local country level - little collaboration between functions/departments

    Advice to Management

    -

    Sun Microsystems2010-02-16
  4. "Sun Australia"

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    Former Employee - Client Executive in North Sydney
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    Very laid back, loose style and management regime

    Cons

    little scope for advancement and promotion appeared to be for inner circle favourites

    Advice to Management

    Too little too late

    Sun Microsystems2010-02-11
  5. "Sun, simplify"

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    Current Employee - Solutions Architect in Melbourne
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Simplify internal structure and processes.

    Sun Microsystems2009-02-11
  6. "Make your aspirations known upfront"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Melbourne
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    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 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.

    Sun Microsystems2008-09-13
  7. "Sun Microsystems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
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    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 Management

    Need to be more adaptive to local conditions.

    Sun Microsystems2008-06-12
  8. "Miss a great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    The company believed in growing their employees. There were lots of opportunities to be promoted within job, laterally or upward.

    Cons

    Some managers needs to look at their employee as individuals with different needs and not group them based on whether peers want same development.

    Sun Microsystems2019-05-04
  9. "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Was an Excellent company for engineers

    Cons

    There was no cons, but business didn't go well

    Sun Microsystems2019-03-02
  10. "good and bad"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

      Pros

      awesome company with great inovation

      Cons

      too many office politics that drive engineers away

      Sun Microsystems2018-11-04
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