Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
1,026 Reviews
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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 118 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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  1.  

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

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software in Bangalore

    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
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Member of Technical Staff, Software in Bangalore

    I have been working at Sun Microsystems full-time (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
  3.  

    Job at sun

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    The flexibility of time.
    New ideas are well received

    Cons

    Its repetitive job.
    almost no side benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long chains cause loss of creativity

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  5.  

    Good work culture but the overall management needs better execution

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff (Software Engineer) in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff (Software Engineer) in Bangalore

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work culture
    Good set of engineers to work with.
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Company was not making profit and the leadership didnt turn things around..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have products more market friendly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    manager

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Good culture, lot of technical people, amazing technology, flexible, good pay, no bueracracy

    Cons

    Not making profit, no revenue, top management is not very aggressive, road map is too ambitious

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    It was a dream company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Sun provided the best environment in the world. Noone stopped you from making your dream come true. Everyday you get inspired to do something for the company you are working for.

    Cons

    The company was not able to make profits in long run. Only thing they lacked is a way to make money in this world. The leadership was the only reason for its sinking.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for technical minds

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    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Unlimited learning experience at work

    Cons

    Financial crunch and monotonous work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Business Systems Analysts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lot of business understanding needed, great enterprise marketing automation system

    Cons

    The team that I worked for had lower importance to technology, but wanted quick turn around on business outcomes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Most fulfilling

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    Former Employee - Presales Consultant in Mumbai
    Former Employee - Presales Consultant in Mumbai

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

    Pros

    A pure technology driven company with true care for employees

    Cons

    Financial Instability that resulted in buyout by Oracle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could have managed the Finances well...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best Place to work in IT industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Pros

    -Good management
    -Transparency on the product revenues
    -An engineers company

    Cons

    -Lacks good marketing strategy to bring revenues

    Recommends

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