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Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 844 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 372 reviews)


Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 111 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 150 reviews)

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  1. 1 person 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Where marketing careers go to die

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director, Corporate Communications in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director, Corporate Communications in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    - flexible about work location

    Cons

    - the culture flows downhill. so arrogant jerks abound throughout the organization, and the higher you go in the org, the bigger the egos and arrogance level.
    - marketing is not valued by C-level execs
    - marketing is based on executive whim and point tactics, with no strategy behind it.
    - senior management provides NO direction about goals, expectations, job responsibilities.
    - career advancement is almost nonexistent, and based on brown nosing ability, not talent, contribution, delivered results, or demonstrated skills.
    - HR openly admits that if you've been at Oracle longer than 3 years, you are compensated under market rate.
    - raises are almost nonexistent, and bonuses are even more scarce, even when the company is making record profits. ALL raise and bonus pool goes to senior management, with almost NOTHING trickling down below a VP level.
    - nasty politics make nice people do weird things, so you can trust no one.
    - there are no HR processes in place, so don't expect to have clear goals or measurement, and good luck getting any sort of feedback on performance, annual goals.
    - no training for management, so there are people at upper levels who are bullies and tyrants. And there is no process to provide input about your manager because they don't have a 360 talent review process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all C-level and VP level marketing, and replace them with people who know how to create a unified marketing strategy, communicate it to their teams, and build organizational structures that support the strategy and set up your employees for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Oracle as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with were approachable and helpful. The campus is pretty and the food is really good.

    Cons

    Management in the college recruiting team is either absent and/or inept. The work environment is very critical and negative, new hire training is a joke and most perm employees do everything they can to avoid being accountable or doing their jobs. The recruiters seem nice but complain about each other behind their backs which makes you wonder what they are saying about you. You can't trust anyone here. There is a huge lack of leadership and respect for all the people in the office who are really doing the work. The best employees are not the ones in charge and this creates a lot of resentment. Most people I got to know here were unhappy and looking to find a new job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in the office so you can see how things really are. Reward the best employees, not the people who are kissing up to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Glad I am Gone

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone knows Oracle so you do not have to spend time convincing a prospect your company's doors will be open in 12 months

    Cons

    Everyone knows Oracle and most customers can't stand the Company and its Founder Chief Larry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about your customers and respect your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    I can not seem to remember any

    Cons

    Oracle hired me and didn't help much in relocating me from Dallas to CA. anyway i still went ahead and spend money from my pocket on relocation and then they decided to close the team i joined within 2 month and layoff everyone including me.. it was one of the worst thing a company can do .. just hire and then immediately layoff. and talk about severance package it was one of worst package i have ever heard or seen.. just 4 weeks for salary and layoff was like they send a over night fedex package with all the details..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    worst job ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    pay was great, they lure you away from current employer by offering higher pay and benefits but after there for about 2 weeks you get the real truth

    Cons

    the company, the culture of this company is like nothing I have ever seen. They will lie, cheat and steal from anyone. You are on your own... everyone competing for same business and no one will assist in any way!!!! Worst company I have ever worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    culture change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Unfortunately, too negative of a work environment for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Oracle as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Oracle has a beautiful Campus. There is a nice entry level program for recent graduates in the recruiting department. Great Starting Pay. Made good friends with fellow contractors. Good Food. Free Drinks. Overall very nice Recruiters!

    Cons

    -As a contract worker you are treated as different then permanent employees. You are treated like you are temporary and expendable. All contract workers were excluded from staff meetings. We were supposed to be a team, yet it never felt like a team environment. Very Cut-throat.
    - Terrible communication
    -Very negative tone set in the office. I began having panic attacks at work because of the negativity I had to deal with every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want a team environment try to be more inclusive and better at communicating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad ethics and morale

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible (no one cares if you come and go)

    Cons

    Managers that are wimps...
    Only way to get a raise is to be promoted to another level (which there's no career path or planning)
    No raises, bonuses or stock options for the rank and file for at least three years (was told company didn't have money)
    Aquisitions take forever to combine, and the technology is antique.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat employees like they are valuable. There are so many other companies that do. Don't get upset if someone goes to a competitor for work as they probably feel like they need to in order to feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would you like to be treated like an untouchable in India? Work for Oracle!

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

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

    Pros

    -Being able to come and go without anybody noticing or caring
    -Putting in as little work as possible and still getting by
    -Learning to work in an environment with no direction or purpose
    -Job security: no matter how unproductive you are, you will not get fired

    Cons

    -Negative personal growth--being in the office stimulates cynicism
    -Insulting bonus structure
    -Stock purchase plan has the inter-workings of a modern-day Ponzi scheme
    -Office culture similar to that of Rwanda circa 1994

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is unresponsive to employee suggestions and against making any forward progress. The company is essentially a monopoly and until there are any viable competitors in the marketplace, there will be no change in the way the organization is run.

    My only suggestion would be to eliminate the entire business development organization because it is full of incompetent SDR's and managers. Oracle could have stopped using entry-level inside sales reps in 1999 and had identical revenue the past 15 years.

    In the wise words of a former employee, "During a time when employee 'happiness' and 'satisfaction' are as pertinent as revenue and bottom line--Oracle has said f*ck it. And they seem fairly committed to that message."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boring, so slow

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing good about the company

    Cons

    Too slow, project never end

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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