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Oracle Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.3 5,307 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Oracle CEO and Director Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

(3,100 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good(in 714 reviews)

  • Work from home option is available which is very convenient during busy times(in 325 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is a trade off offered for lesser than industry average growth(in 96 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth(in 137 reviews)

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    Good work/life balance, uninteresting work, no raises or bonuses

    Business Operations Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsDecent benefits, can work from home

    ConsConstant reorganizing, no raises, no bonuses. Definitely don't feel like upper management cares about the employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    People are great to work with.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat environment with good work/life balance.

    ConsMileage varies depending on group/manager.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Experience, Political and Competitive

    Business Development Consultant (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsVery good benefits, starting salary is hard to beat, and the opportunity to move up is competitive but possible if you are on track and constantly exceeding your quota. You gain a lot of experience talking with Executives all over the country.

    ConsThe culture is built to weed out anyone who isn't doing amazing. The leaders manage by fear and will try and make you quit rather than help you get better if you aren't doing well. if you don't know about something, there is no one to give you an answer. You have to research the answer which makes for a constant gray area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage like a decentralized start up. Help the ones at the bottom to be better rather than threatening them. Although threatening people is an effective tactic, it will almost always cause resentment and high turnover rates in the long run.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    self defined work pace..

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proswork life balance, self defined work pace

    Conspersonal growth, perks, training, benefits

     

    Solid product stack but difficult to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay, big influencer in Silicon Valley tech, legendary CEO, strong college training program, good opportunity for first time job, great gym, beautiful campus

    ConsCog in the machine, internal systems don't work, not many perks, weak culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementTony Shieh starts by building a strong culture because he knows that will lead to financial success. Oracle tries to go straight to financial success without paying any attention to keeping their employees productive and happy.

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    Big company mentality

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, decent pay. It depends on every group how busy they are or what the culture of that group is. So you may get flexible work hours, depending on the group and manager.

    ConsPromotions and advancement is tricky. It doesn't matter how good your performance is, there are just too many layers of management and getting any visibility is a challenge.

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    Good Work-Life Balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Work-Life Balance
    flexible WFH policy after you have been here for some time
    Good for family

    ConsKind of a traditional non-internet software company
    Project plans are mostly coming top level to down
    Not so-well paid

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    Good opportunity for growth

    Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee) Burlington, MA

    Prosgood work atmosphere, room for growth

    Consneed better leadership/ management. less micromanagement

    Advice to Senior Managementimprove management skills

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Neutral

    Software Developer III (Current Employee) Bedford, MA

    ProsStrangely I dont know any.

    ConsSame cons as any big company out there.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    some good, some bad like any large company but take advantage of what is offered

    Customer Support Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou can probably fly under the radar and stay here for a very long time.
    You have a lot of opportunity for training and you should be able to move around to other areas if you'd like (sometimes that's harder than it needs to be but it does happen).
    Benefits are great.
    There is some flexibility that allows for a decent work-life balance but most of that was just changed.

    ConsManagement growth potential in Support is stagnant - no one moves out or up it seems. Sometimes there are lateral projects given to the stars
    Available time to do training or anything strategic is limited by escalation fire fighting and last minute urgent requests.
    Managers and Directors have no power - all dictates come from above and are often misguided.
    Lack of vision and leadership at the exec level - focus on minutiae and micromanagement.
    Understanding of how support should be structured to deal with the diverse product families is completely missing at the Exec level and anyone at a lower level who knows is powerless to make any changes.
    You never know from year to year if there will be raises and/or bonuses and even when there are, there is never enough money to go around so there are many people without raises for years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't think its a good use of EVP/SVP time to have them calling up individual managers asking about specific engineers level of work. Trust your managers and directors to handle that. Try to provide some vision for what Support should be rather than simply reacting to what a customer reports to you with a knee-jerk reaction that negatively impacts all of Support. Realize that many of the recent mandates have done NOTHING to help engineers do their jobs and everything to make their jobs more difficult. We don't need more people or systems telling engineers what they are not getting to - they know how much work that have and how many issues they cannot get to - give them help to actually do their job - most are really good at it. Support is a huge organization with many people supposedly trying to work with customers but its a mess of different responsibilities in different orgs and no one really overseeing the big picture (there are supposed to be but I'm not sure they actually work). The product families are changing and becoming more tightly integrated - we're not just a DB company anymore so stop acting like we are and that all products must have exactly the same needs as DB.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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