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Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 6 December 2018
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Sun Microsystems Co-CEO's Mark Hurd and Safra Catz
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Pros
  • "Sun respected their employee Work-Life balance" (in 126 reviews)

  • "Very supportive work environment and opportunities" (in 86 reviews)

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

  • "The company does no longer exist" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Make your aspirations known upfront"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Melbourne
    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.


  2. "Great Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Sydney
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    More feedback to staff

  3. "Sun, simplify"

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


  4. "Sun Microsystems"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    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.


  5. "good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  6. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Ok i think but not sure

    Cons

    This company went bankrupt how about that


  7. "Sad Loss"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Sun Microsystems was the best company I ever worked for.

    Cons

    It was purchased by Oracle Inc and asset stripped

  8. "Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Good team and camaraderie among all employees

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  9. "Principle Hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Pros

    Great Technical Talent and People

    Cons

    Bought by Oracle; no longer exists


  10. "Account Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sun Microsystems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Able to work with many different technologies and given the tools to prospect new accounts in my territory

    Cons

    Challenges included the constant need for more reports, new reports, and updates even though we were dealing with long sales cycles and complex solution sales.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right talent with proven track records and allow them to do their job.