Sun Microsystems Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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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 76 reviews)

  • Upper management didn't know how to monetize (in 49 reviews)

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  1. Service Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sun Microsystems full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good growth, work life balance, flexible hours, learning environment,

    Cons

    work limited to support and service model, no new technology exposure

    Advice to Management

    Widen the scope and do more resource rotation for a better exposure and cross knowledge

  2. Staff engineer

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Bangalore

    I worked at Sun Microsystems

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best technical organisation to work with. Wonderful open culture with ample space to innovate, put forth your ideas while still disagreeing.
    Let's you evolve as an individual and clearly define and work on your commitments. Open culture nurtures thought process while delivering to timelines as well

    Cons

    Lack of ability to monetise large deployment base
    Continual changing strategies to recover from failing stock, profitability.

  3. Just awesoe

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No Micro Management. Value for employee and not to product or business. Employee family first and then projects. Good flexibility

    Cons

    Company is not business minded. Always believes in giving back to the world

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  5. 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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"

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    None as It is already sold to Oracle.

  7. 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 Management

    Long chains cause loss of creativity

  8. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Should have products more market friendly.

  9. manager

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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

  10. It was a dream company

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    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Bangalore
    Former Employee - Instructional Designer in Bangalore

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  11. 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unlimited learning experience at work

    Cons

    Financial crunch and monotonous work

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