Oracle Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 721 reviews)

  • Work from home option is available which is very convenient during busy times (in 329 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is a trade off offered for lesser than industry average growth (in 97 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Not a great place to work if you are ambitious

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    -flexibility
    -good life work balance
    - good for people who want stable but average compensation

    Cons

    Whether you work hard or do nothing, you are still paid nothing. There is huge difference in salaries of people, there is no consistency
    Not an employee friendly employer. Not wonder Oracle never comes in top places to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be employee friendly. Employees are assets not just numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be better, declining attention to employees has caused poor morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer

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

    Pros

    Oracle has very good benefits like unlimited sick time, credits for paying for health, dental and life insurance. Oracle is a strong revenue company and since hiring has been minimized over the last ten years, layoffs have been very few and far between.

    Cons

    Recently Oracle made all work at home employees back to the office. After 10 years of no raises and no bonuses, work at home was the only benefit that kept many employees working at Oracle. Morale from long term employees that structured their lifestyle around the work at home environment is at an all time low. It is difficult to be forced back to the office when promotions, raises and even cost of living increases are non-existent. In addition, the performance and quality of Oracle's internal tools are horrible - causing continued tension and frustration when doing your everyday job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers have no power - so the executive leadership needs to get in touch with the working force of Oracle. They need to talk to the employees and understand the frustrations of no recognition and no raises in a strong company that has continued rising revenue. Work at home should be reinstated for employees who have been successful at this program for years. Internal tools should be refined and fixed to minimize frustration. If the economy were even slightly better, there would be a mass exodus due to widespread dissatisfaction with how Oracle seems so out of touch with their core base of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    salaries below the market

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    flexible, can work from home

    Cons

    low compensation of experienced engineers

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  5.  

    Micro managing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meet very good individuals and awesome product.

    Cons

    After working for almost 11 years, things that I had done good are swept under the rug and not recognized at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise employee recognition.

  6.  

    low pay, terrible culture, complete lack of respect and professionalism

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Deal Manager  in  Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Deal Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    The benefits are ok. Flexibility used to be a pro, but they took that away from us in the Contracts/Deal Management group.

    Cons

    This company does not care about its employees and shows it by across the board no pay raises (that's right - no COLA - seriously I'm not kidding), disrespect, and a terrible top-down culture. Several people in my group have been at the same level for 5 years or more without any pay raise whatsoever. These are excellent, hardworking, licensed attorneys with impressive backgrounds in technology and the legal field. These employees have stuck around because of the flexibility the job provided. Now that the flexibility is gone, the employees will follow. If you're interested in making less money over time, work for Oracle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your good employees well before they all leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Experience depends on team

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, large software development company so experience will be beneficial to other companies, training resources, telework. Get the training & experience then leave and your experience will be good. Do not expect to retire in this company.

    Cons

    No raises, promotions or bonuses in years. Not much opportunity for advancement up. Company has been through so many acquisitions there is no unified company culture. Experience depends on which team you are in. Will move you around (no say in the matter) so you are always the "new guy" to justify no bonuses, promotions and pay raises. Development work moved to India. Any developers that leave are replaced by ones in India. Managers will make every effort to try to push you out the door so they can hire more developers with their budget in India. Will work you to death. Late hours, weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Developers in India may be paid less compared to the States but once they get the training and experience they move on to other companies so there is high turnover. No company loyalty. Former employees in the States do not have good things to say about the company it has become. Hard to justify no salary raises, promotions or bonuses when the company spends so much funding yatch races.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a great place to work long term...

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company. Decent benefits. Some new technologies through acquisition. Some training depending on your manager/department.

    Cons

    - Lack of raises
    - Promotions do not come with a raise, in fact I lost OT with my promotion so it was really a pay cut after all was said and done (Boy was I surprised!)
    - Long term Oracle employees (15-30yr) are mostly mediocre at best (Oracle red tape sucks the passion out of people)
    - Internal tools are terrible
    - There is a lot of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people so that they will stick around. It is much less expensive to keep good talent than it is to train new hires. Raises for promotions are not a bad thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Career Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. If you are lucky, you will find great people to work with.

    Cons

    No Career Growth
    Poor Compensation/No Pay hikes for years
    No scope to change teams unless you have contacts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut down on the redundant management roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Oracle corporate politics can smother good engineering and team work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable and I have a good team to work with. The work environment is comfortable and the work ethic in my group is great

    Cons

    politics are a driving force, not so much innovation anymore, spending money on essential equipment is tough and new hires are difficult to come by

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee appreciation in terms of bonuses, options, pay rises has been sorely missing for the last 5 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Big company so employees are not treated as well and are often disconnected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and flexible work hours (can work from home).

    Cons

    There is no social connection between employees. All work and no play mentality. Project driven with little regards to employees happiness. Also with development center offshore, work often feels 24x7.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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