Oracle
3.3 of 5 4,766 reviews
www.oracle.com Redwood City, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 1, 2014
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78% Approve of the CEO

Oracle CEO and Director Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

(502 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pathetic management

HR Coordinator- Background screening (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at Oracle as a contractor for less than a year

ProsGood Salary
Easy work
Flexible hours and work schedule
Great cafeteria
Good gym on site and beautiful campus
Small team

ConsTwisted Director- director acts like a spoiled child. Her focus is mainly to keep getting attention from the team instead of focusing on the team and work
Lots of politics within the small department
Poor management
Lack of communication and clarity of overall goals

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease transparency within the team
There needs to be a manager who can work on team issues
Build team trust
Work on developing the employees

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Ripe for the picking in business apps

Senior Principal Applications Engineer (Former Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

Pros-- Free beverages
-- Most engineering staff is smart and capable of good work.
-- Benefits are good and comprehensive, but nothing stands out.

Cons-- Your start salary will likely be your end salary.
-- Some technologies (ADF, ADF Mobile) are so poorly architected that you have to question how well this company can do anything.
-- Inter-division politics, which admittedly exist everywhere, are especially bad in the applications group.
-- Lots of 'useless people', who don't seem to fill any specific role, but don't seem to be bad enough to be fired.

Advice to Senior ManagementDump ADF and adopt some open-source technologies. The more you cling to ADF the faster you will lose people, because no one wants to derail their career by learning a dead-end technology. If you won't do that, at least open up your wallets and pay people more. Morale is pretty low right now.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Product Manager (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsLarge company with lots of options to transition to other departments/teams. Great benefits and flexible working hours.

ConsDue to the size of the company, there are many layers of management which vary from team to team resulting in slow turn around of new functionality for the products being managed. Promotion process is a challenge, and salary increases are virtually non-existent.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Internal growth limited

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

Prosbenefits are great, but healthcare cost to benefit ratio definitely impacted in recent years with federal law changes

Constalent management process is unfortunately inadequate across the company, it is heavily focused on sales.

Advice to Senior Managementstructured performance evaluation and talent management process is needed. most managers at the company are not capable of managing this on their own.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Being part of Oracle Consulting for over 8 years has taught me a lot about tolerance and taking ownership.

Senior Principal Consultant (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

ProsThe amount of knowledge that Oracle possess is over whelming and it is all available within reach.

ConsOracle Consulting can sometimes treat their consultants as a painful reminder of just how self-deprecating someone can be. There is very little encouragement and you "may" get exactly what you put in. It is very cut throat and don't expect to be treated fair.

Advice to Senior ManagementConsultants are the face of this Company for our Customers, please stop treating us like dollar signs and as regrettable step-children.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Stay away unless you have a particular project/group you're joining

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

Prospredictable, hours are flexible, pay is ok, some managers are considerate, good lunch choices (though not free), on-campus gym

ConsIt's true that technologies that Oracle buys get no innovation unless it was already bringing in high margins. There are too many incompetent people at Oracle, whether from cousins and friends being hired or just folks know they can get away with things. Pay is not commiserate with experience or value to company, but then this is probably true in many companies, but here, PhD folks get hired who can't speak english, end up working on bugs and even then you wonder if they did things right. Anyhow, if you want to work in a place and feel like you're already retired, this might be for you. If you're looking for energy and innovation.... well, keep looking.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop promoting your cousins

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Welcome to the treadmill.

Senior Director (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsLarge financially secure company, reasonable work/life balance.
Exciting technologies and future potential markets.

ConsDon't expect any pay raises, 100% of your bonus or opportunities for career development.
Significant challenges from cloud service providers, it's unclear who will prevail.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart caring about employees who don't have VP in their title.

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Lots of work and paid peanuts in return....very hard to survive with family. Horrible work culture.

Principal Consultant (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsGet a chance to work on the latest technology.

ConsLots of politics and people take advantage of you.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward employees who work hard based on performance and not who are related to management

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It all depends on your product line and market.

Sales Representative (Current Employee)
Redwood City, CA

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

ProsHuge presence in the market, recognizable brand, established relationships with most CIOs. Very strong commitment to R&D.

ConsSales is viewed as a necessary evil. There is tremendous channel conflict due to 10+ prime salespeople all competing for time and attention with the same CIO. If you are in sales, don't expect to be paid on time. The compensation issues at Oracle in terms of accuracy and timeliness are the worst that I have seen in my very long tenure within this industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementFix the root cause(s) of the turnover problem.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Compensation practices only reward top execs. They truly don't care about employees.

Group Manager, Engineering (Former Employee)
Redwood City, CA

I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 8 years

ProsDepending on your manager, flexible work hours and location
Nice campus in Redwood Shores, nice cafeterias and atmosphere
If you are one of the people with no work ethic, you can often get away with very little work in some orgs (not a positive for me, but some people stay a very long time for this reason).

ConsVery inequitable pay practices. They never give raises and give poor if any bonuses, even for top performers. It's excuses, excuses, excuses from the top of why they need to save money for the next big acquisition, while execs get outrageous raises and bonuses and stock packages. Even if you're a top performer, if you threaten to leave, they show you the door. Middle management's hands are tied. They won't lobby for employees because they have no power and they will be shown the door. Your starting salary could be decent if you're a good negotiator, but you'd better be happy with that figure for a LONG time.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo middle management: Leave. Execs will never appreciate or reward you, or give you the tools to reward your own people. To Execs: you are truly losing all your best people. In the orgs I know, the only ones sticking around are the ones gaming the system and barely working for their mediocre salary. I guess this strategy is working for you, since your pockets are ever fattening. I was a top performer, and was mistakenly loyal and patient for some 'reward'. I was naive. I will never go back.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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