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Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 870 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 379 reviews)


Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 119 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 154 reviews)

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    Worst Company for which I have ever worked. If I could walk away right now, I would do it in a heartbeat.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I have a job that pays the bills, and the people I work with are wonderful. Without the people in the office, there would be literally no point in coming to work.

    Cons

    Oracle does not care about its employees. As soon as they acquired our company, it was all downhill from there. We stopped receiving merit increases and promotions, we were denied software needed to perform basic job functions, and we are lied to at every turn. The absolute only thing this horrible company cares about is "destroying the competition," and it shows in everything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dinosaur facing extinction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Success Specialist
    Former Employee - Customer Success Specialist

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

    Pros

    I have learned a lot about how to stifle innovation, inhibit sales productivity and lower employee morale to unbelievable depths during my time at Oracle. I can't get out fast enough and if I could advise my client base to do the same without risk I would.

    Cons

    There are just to many to list. If you are fresh out of school and have the stamina to learn while being taken advantage of then this is the place for you. If you are a manager who can sleep at night while your team is taken advantage of then this is the place for you. If you are a customer focused team contributor and passionate about delivering results then stay away from the big red machine as it will jade you into believing that all corporations are inherently greedy and dysfunctional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cash out your stock as Oracles place as a cloud leader will surely expire once the sheets are pulled back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Careless.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Computer Technician in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Computer Technician in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at Oracle full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of hours. Sun facilities are pretty cool. Free soda. Pay not bad for amount of work. Some great people on staff.

    Cons

    Some REAL jerks on staff. Communication break down all the time. Constant threat of getting layed off. Management was totally inept at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication is key

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor Compensation, everyone fights for projects, not a lot to do

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you like working in a silo, on boring projects, then this place is for you.
    If you like making everyone at the VP and above level rich, while you sweat away worrying about your job, then Oracle is definitely for you.
    Time off -unlimited sick leave.
    Great Gym.

    Cons

    1. Poor compensation, no raises, or bonuses in years.
    2. Employees are VERY dispensable- they remind you of this all the time
    3. Can't put up a wreath or Christmas tree, even for a party (was told we would be fired if we did so as it would offend others in the company that are not Christians)
    4. No career growth
    5. They bought PeopleSoft to cause confusion in the marketplace and squash the competition.
    6. We had to buy our own office supplies and pay for them out of pocket because we were not allowed to order them through Oracle.
    7. If you give a two weeks notice, be prepared to be walked out 1/2 hour later and all compensation and benefits cut off same day.
    8. Ruthless culture (it comes down from the top)
    9. Cafeteria is awful, high priced, and caters to only one nationality (in Pleasanton).
    10. Managers and directors who are not technical, and keep getting promoted without having the abilities to manage others.
    11. People leave left and right and they can't backfill those positions. They really do not care about attrition rates. It just means it's one less person to pay.
    12. Slow technology that is antiquated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees as they are the ones making Oracle wealthy.
    Don't promote people just because they kiss up.
    Try to retain your employees. A little bit of niceness and perks goes a long way. It's not good to have a manager tell you that you are lucky to have a job. Treat employees with respect.
    Many people are leaving for better opportunities at your competitors. The compensation packages are great elsewhere. Oracle is wealthy and makes billions each quarter. You can definitely afford to give raises and bonuses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great beginning starting salary with great products

    Cons

    Poor management structure and too much overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization!!1

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    senior hardware engineer

    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work flexibility and relaxed atmosphere compared with other pressurizing companies in the same field.

    Cons

    No reasonable pay hikes and bonus. Many people leaving the company with pay scale significantly lower than market average for the same skillset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hardware engineer experience does matter. Management just throws experienced engineers into the background and focusses on hiring new grads from stanford with much better pay scale. If no changes are made to this attitude the company is going to suffer the consequences in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work is good if you are single.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and many great engineers. You also get to meet other engineers globally. Benefits are good but that's it.

    Cons

    NO pay raise for about 5 to 10 years, no bonuses except to Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors and all level of Managers need to take some responsibility and stop delegating work and jump into the fires as well. Engineers don't need to deal with daily irrelevant tasks thrown at them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    No salary raise for last two years. Now salary cuts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Advanced Support Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Advanced Support Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None. I don't even find 5 words. I have to type because this HTML checks for at-least 5 words.

    Cons

    Worked here for 6+ years and now we have been asked to take forced pay cuts. For past 6 years manager says that no salary raise as you get paid overtime for travel and now we are being asked to take salary cuts. It's all Mark Hurd phenomenon that was happening at HP. Look out stock owners, Oracle is going to become new HP in coming years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management here. It's all cut costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Zero Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Good work/life balance but that's about it

    Cons

    Old School. Beuracratic. Horrible technology.

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Huge disappointment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a technology Mecca to learn new things, engineers are very smart but unfortunately these engineers are not recognized since the directors, senior directors, VPs are dead weight in this company since they have no clue on what’s going on. These mid-level management are all concerned about their survival hence the politics overshadows the individual contributors.

    Cons

    This is one of the worst companies ever I worked for. They keep acquiring companies and has been disastrous in integrating them. This company has the worst culture ever and people are identified based on the company from where they come, people in Oracle never embrace the new people who come onboard when their existing company gets bought over by Oracle. There is no recognition or bonus or raises for last couple years, the middle mangement (director to all the way up) are filled with bunch of morons and idiots who has no clue on the company’s direction or strategy. Mid-level Management is bloated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a house cleaning and fire those under performing mid-level management guys who are unfit to be in the organization. Technically a VP and a Senior Director does the same job of pushing envelop from one table to other, why pay them so much.. It is OK to layoff people and recognizing those engineers who really work hard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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