Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 13

Sun Microsystems Inc.

Santa Clara, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

The flexible work location program tops the list of perks at this Santa Clara, Calif.-based computer giant. Through the OpenWork Program, nearly 19,000 employees, or 56% of Sun's global workforce, work in a place other than a designated office -- at home, say, or in a coffee shop near a customer's office. The program takes advantage of the company's own technology to make the workforce mobile. Employees like the flexibility, and the program helps save commuting dollars and reduces Sun's carbon footprint. An internal study found that employees saved more than $1,700 per year on gasoline and wear and tear on their vehicles. Working from home two and a half days a week, employees reduce energy used for work by the equivalent of 5,400 kilowatt-hours per year. The IT team is also focused on green initiatives: By consolidating two data centers into one new facility in California, 202,000 square feet of space were compressed into just 72,000 square feet -- and power consumption was reduced by 50%. Sun's Employee Sustainability Council provides feedback on programs and builds a community interested in helping to foster ecological initiatives throughout the company.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 10

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 18,197

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 467

IT employee turnover in 2008: 4%

IT promotions in 2008: 12%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 2

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $1,000

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 30%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 39%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 29%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 29%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 23%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 31%