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Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
6,351 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great on your resume, terrible everywhere else

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Tax in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Tax in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    -The oracle name looks great on your resume
    -The gym is amazing

    Cons

    -They hire tons of interns and contractors that will never get a full-time job because Oracle will not disclose more employees on their financials.
    -There are zero possibilities of advancement. Politics are pretty bad and preferential treatment of certain employees is clear.
    -Resources are really limited, because people are always changing.
    -Managers and directors are disrespectful, they yell lower-level employees
    -Oracle does not care about people, they just care about the money and how much you can work. They will make you work until you bleed.

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

    Paid well to be absolutely miserable

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    - The compensation and benefits are very good, especially for someone coming straight out of college with little experience in sales or IT.
    - It is a good introduction to business, IT, and what you can expect to encounter working in a massive corporate environment.

    Cons

    - Convoluted bureaucratic processes make it impossible to get anything done.
    - Sales targets are largely unattainable in many territories.
    - The company has extremely high turnover so they recruit hundreds of new sales people every year to backfill positions left vacant by employees quiting or being fired.
    - It's difficult to overcome the negative image of Oracle which makes it difficlut to sell into your assigned accounts.
    - Unreasonable and seemingly arbitrary performance metrics and mandatory processes for weekly activity.
    - Company culture is cut-throat and greedy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Not everyone operates successfully through the same methods. You need to allow your employees a little more room for creativity.
    - Sales targets need to be considered individually for different territories, not the same across the board.
    - An occasional free meal or happy hour is not sufficient compensation for making your employees miserable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Boring work, old-school company. Good people though.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Smart, kind coworkers. Oracle hires great people, and the people I work with are definitely the highlight of my day.
    -Strong middle management. In my experience, middle management is competent, helpful, and relatively hands-off. Have yet to encounter a micro-manager.
    -Strong senior management that has a vision for the company.
    -Paid sick days.
    -Good work-life balance, at least in sales. We are paid hourly and Oracle discourages overtime, so when you're off work, you're really off. It's a nice feeling!

    Cons

    -Measly vacation policy - 13 days per year, very few company holidays (e.g. NONE around Christmas time except Christmas day itself)
    -No flexibility in working hours
    -Low salary - for Bay Area living anyways. The amount on the contract looks like a lot, but half of it is tied up in quarterly bonuses and thus can't really go toward monthly living expenses. Expect to live in a cramped place with roommates.
    -Internal tools are quite outdated. Internal processes can be burdensome and take up hours of your time.
    -Never-ending training. 7 months into the job and I still have to complete hours and hours of online training modules.
    -No perks (i.e. no food or snacks, no team outings, few work from home opportunities). If you want a fun, young company that offers the perks that have become standard in Silicon Valley, go elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -UPDATE your internal tools! The fact that it is 2015 and I am expected to use an email service without a working search function is just plain sad. Mobilize those engineers, or switch to Google!
    -Consider improving employee perks and compensation. Something as simple as free lunch can go a long way toward making employees feel valued. Also, employees won't stick around long if their wages are barely livable.
    -Get a working CRM. It will make your sales teams' lives infinitely easier and make them more effective. Also, Salesforce's CRM is better. Maybe it's time to stop protesting it simply because they are your competitor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Oracle Consulting Services

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good product, investment in development, nice benefits

    Cons

    As a sales company the consulting group is just an appendix. The only thing that matters is utilization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be creative to reduce turn over. Take care of people not only numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Flexible work hour but below average compensation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hour. Work from home program. Stable businesses.

    Cons

    Compensation is about 20% below average of similar engineering job. No stock option. No bonus for years. ESPP is a joke. Raise only once every 3 years even with good performance. For a company with $12B profit a year, this is not acceptable.
    No Christmas party (unless you're in headquarter).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company makes a lot of money. You gotta compensate every employees properly, not just the management. Make everyone happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    A company that used to be a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Product Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package is very good. In fact, at Oracle you are not worried about making ends meet, and can instead concentrate on doing a great job. That is, if you land in a good department with a good leader. The company has a great brand, so looks awesome on the resume.

    Cons

    Most unfortunately if you land in a bad department, you will then get mushroom management (put them in a dark place, feed them garbage, watch them grow). if you are stuck with a manager that excels on 'kiss up kick down' approach, then the only way is to leave, because there is no scrutiny on how you are treated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use modern techniques to monitor your managements. if 7 out of 12 people leave in a space of 6 months after a manager is appointed, it should trigger an alarm. employees should not feel that they have no influence on the success of a product and are the first victim of its failing. They should not feel that they have no protection against mistreatment and abuse by their managers, or you will end up with people that have no other place to go. Please, you have every possibility to remedy that. it is a shame to be the poster child of all that is bad about corporate world.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good money, bad management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oracle

    Pros

    Good entry level income for recent college graduate
    Received bonuses regardless of performance
    Job security
    Friendly co workers
    Happy hours

    Cons

    Treated like just a number
    Manipulative managers that constantly violated code of ethics
    Management will blacklist you for moving to other organizations
    Favoritism of men

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat others the way you want to be treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Good company, not much personal growth.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Verification Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Moderate work/life balance. Great minds to work with., good experience learning new skills.

    Cons

    Compensation is not great, getting salary hike or promotions is a rare thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Flexible work environment, Low compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Associate Applications Engineer

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

    Pros

    - Flexible Work schedule
    - Freedom in changing work teams

    Cons

    - Slow management and HR
    - Very slow promotions
    - Low compensations and bonus
    - Very strict hierarchy that restricts work freedom

  11.  

    Great benefits and learning experience, terrible company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consulting Sales Representative in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Consulting Sales Representative in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    -Benefits
    -Sales Training
    -Good name on the resume
    -Potential to make big $$$
    -Class Of program was a great networking and learning experience

    Cons

    -Internal competition
    -Politics
    -Slow to innovate
    -Clueless management
    -Sink or swim based on territory and field counterpart
    -Completely disorganized internal structure (Oracle arbitrarily silos its sales orgs which breeds chaos)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oracle Consulting is doomed to fail if it doesn't align itself with the software sales' strategies and Oracle's overall strategic direction. The software sales teams view OCS as incompetent, expensive and disorganized. I have personally lost hundreds of thousands of dollars due to OCS just not having it together. The business model behind upgrading on premise software and expensive integrations is coming to an end, and OCS has to adapt to survive. Servicing more cloud products and increasing collaboration between disparate orgs is the first step to growing the services side of the business in my opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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