Oracle Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
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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.  

    manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    large size company with lots of software products

    Cons

    growth rate is slow down

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    principle software engineer

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    stable , with good medical insurance

    Cons

    low salary, and no salary increase for years even you have good performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Executives don't respect or consider the engineers on the bottom of the totem pole.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Oracle makes billions of dollars annually and pays each employee every pay period. You can count on a paycheck. Good benefits, flexible hours. Training opportunities are beginning to come back.

    Cons

    No hope of ever getting a pay increase, cost of living increase, or bonus if you're an hourly employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider ways to retain your educated, motivated, and valuable engineers. They can be hard to find.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    corporate company

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    good health benefits. Provided good training. good hours

    Cons

    Opposite of a start up culture. Very large and inefficient. Poor office culture. No in office benefits (snacks) provided. For a fortune 100 company they give little to no benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It is up to you to made it work at Oracle

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    There are straightforward goals and objectives.

    Cons

    Most of the management are not well skilled in management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great name brand on your resume, challenging internal politics and processes

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Redwood, OR
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Redwood, OR

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance, employee benefits and perks, training, and having Oracle's brand name on your resume are the top perks of working here.

    Micromanagement is uncommon, and hours are fairly decent. The standard for my team was 8 AM - 5 PM. However, our manager frequently came in late and left early, so the actual "observed" hours were closer to 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, with flexible lunch. In software development, it's even better. One of my friends tells he can literally "come and go as he pleases", because deadlines come by the month.

    As a large corporation Oracle has many partnerships with other large companies. Employees can reap the rewards in the form of discounts on cell phone bills with major carriers, movie tickets, restaurant coupons, and more. Furthermore, the benefits, 401K, and employee gym at Redwood headquarters are amazing. In fact, I'd venture to say the gym was my favorite perk of the job.

    There's a running joke at Oracle that you're never done with training. While it can sometimes seem excessive, you never stop learning about your product or general sales methodology. Sandler and Costigan sales trainings are invaluable and worth every penny Oracle pays to them. Oracle is also constantly coming out with new versions of products or new products altogether, and that makes for a wealth of knowledge to learn.

    When I left Oracle, I had no shortage of startups and recruiters coming after me just because I had Oracle on my resume. So when you leave, you have your options.

    Cons

    Subpar middle management, traditional corporate culture, unnecessary competition both with the rest of inside sales and field, and internal processes were some of the worst parts of the job.

    While executive leadership at Oracle is top-notch, the incompetency of middle management can be downright frightening at times. Some people truly make you wonder, "How did you get to where you are today?" People are promoted for the wrong reasons, sometimes not because they are the best candidate or because they would excel with greater responsibility, but because they've just been there the longest. It is a far cry from a meritocracy.

    The inside sales organization is a essentially a call center that tries to act and dress like it's better than that. Business casual is fairly strict, and there are often cases where management pulls employees aside because they were not dressed up enough. You spend your entire day on the phone or in front of a computer...who are you dressing up to impress? Certainly not your customers, because they never see you. People could do the job just as well, or maybe even better, at home, lounging in their PJs, watching SportsCenter on mute.

    One would think that as part of Oracle, sales reps across different products would naturally collaborate in the best interest of the company and the customer. However, that is not often the case. Applications, middleware, database, hardware, virtual systems, and consulting play internal politics. Sometimes, it can seem like a pack of hungry dogs fighting over one piece of meat. This has improved with the recent reorganization, but can still be much better. Furthermore, conflicts with the field over deals can be a nightmare. If you're lucky and have a great field rep, you're set. But if you have a field rep who is challenging to work with or doesn't want to work with you at all, you're left out to dry.

    Lastly, internal processes are horrible at Oracle. Oracle leadership touts that "we drink our own champagne", meaning we use all our own software to test and perfect before presenting to customers. In reality, it's more like "we eat our own dog food." If customers could actually see the internal logjam at Oracle and how bad our processes our, they would never buy our software. Seriously, it seems like a joke sometimes. Daily work is filled with antiquated systems that you have no way around, no way to improve, and no way to change at all. It's frustrating that as a leader in the tech space, Oracle would condemn its own employees to such disappointing and lackluster software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oracle is an old company, just look at its history, leadership, and overall employees. While the culture and fit in development may be great, the sales organization leaves much to be desired. Promote based on performance and leadership rather than tenure, seniority, and politics. Streamline processes so that half the battle isn't internal. Build camaraderie and incentive cooperation and work across business lines rather than working in silos and leaving everyone to fend for themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Research the sales position before you join.

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    Current Employee - MySQL Sales
    Current Employee - MySQL Sales

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

    Pros

    Good company, good benefits. Base salary is great for sales.

    Cons

    Tend to blame sales when things are not going well. Have lots of channels for specific products so make sure that the product you are joining has market interest.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    It's a job - a stable, not terribly exciting job... but a job.

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule
    Opportunities for internal training abound
    Stable, the company isn't going anywhere
    Good vacation and sick leave, and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    If you come in from an acquisition, the culture shock can be significant (and it's sink or swim)
    In spite of internal training opportunities, raises and promotions are difficult to come by
    'Working from home' or working remotely not as institutionalized as it should be, so some departments are hard to communicate with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has no interest in advice from a mid-level systems administrator. Shut up, do the work, and don't make waves. This is a MASSIVE company, and you're a cog in the wheel that is Oracle - which can be a good thing if you're looking to coast through your work week, but taking initiative and going beyond tends to be thanked with a pat on the back, and not a raise or promotion. Your experience will largely depend on your direct manager and your department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Need to be self motivated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    All cons that come with working in a BIG company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    havent started yet

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    big name on the resume and great work life balance 9-5 job where you get great training

    Cons

    competitive culture where only the strong survive yet it is still somewhat of a team environment wow what a hard questions tho because this company is so sweer

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