Oracle Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  • In my team I have great work life balance (in 870 reviews)

  • Flexibility to work from home at times (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. Helpful (6)

    Strong positives, strong negatives

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

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a big company, and it varies quite a bit by job/org, but...

    - Great work environment, with lots of good people who are working hard. It's a good place to learn about the industry and your job role.
    - Good benefits (insurance, 401(k), etc., are all fine).
    - Lots of flexibility. Working from home is limited, but pretty common. Managers (mine in particular) don't micromanage.

    Cons

    - Pay is flat out not competitive for most jobs. That's the reason why 50% of college graduate hires are gone after 18 months. Raises are tiny and not guaranteed. If you want to excel, go somewhere else.
    - Onboarding process is a joke. Most jobs have no training, because no one is in charge of training.
    - Along those lines, if it isn't assigned to someone, it doesn't get done. Oracle is like the former USSR--centrally planned, with only a chosen few making decisions, and endless bureacracy for everyone else. It is the opposite of an empowering culture.

    Advice to Management

    I get that the choice to pay people below market wages is deliberate. But your calculations are wrong--you're wasting money by having to replace people over and over. The longer people go with below market salaries, the more likely above average talent is to leave. After a few years, the only people who are sure to still be there are the dead weight.


  2. Helpful (12)

    Oracle- The good, bad and the Money

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products to sell, "industry leading" in many pillars. I work in HCM sales (HR applications) and the momentum is definitely picking up. My first year I almost doubled my OTE, the second year I am half way through the fiscal year and have already doubled my OTE.
    If you know what to do, and don't need ANY hand holding you're golden at Oracle. If you like hand holding, and for everything to not be self service Oracle is not for you.
    Otherwise go make your quota and you get to do whatever you want.
    *Oracle has insanely good health benefits

    Cons

    No hand holding, EVER. Onboarding? -Forget it
    It's trial by fire. If you know how ot run your own business and be your own manager then you are set to be successful at Oracle.
    Cold Calls- lots of them, unless you know how to run your business without doing any cold calls- highly unlikely. If you make cold calls and actually work you'll do great. Just got to make sure you leverage your time well and involve your team field/management early and often for the larger deals until you have enough at-bats to figure it out on your own.
    Everyone who doesn't do well at Oracle bad-mouths it at Oracle. Culture is overall bad. That said, I am not in sales for culture. I am in it for hte money. Oracle is a great place for that mind set.

    Advice to Management

    Less territory changes at the end of fiscal years. We lose a full month or so of time each fiscal year due to the inevitable changes.


  3. It is what it is.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at Oracle (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong brand and support.

    Cons

    Slow movement due to multiple hierarchies and lots of red tape.


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  5. Presales

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Presales Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Presales Technical Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Oracle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Training and Management, always up to date on new functionality

    Cons

    A lot of Travel - but normally able to work from home

    Advice to Management

    To much overhead


  6. SMB Sales

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

    I worked at Oracle full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Solid company, leading in the industry product, great training and can easily move up the chain. Very competitive pay and great benefits to be had

    Cons

    If you live in SF, the drive to work can be quite cumbersome. I did not have a micromanager but there a few of them there that can make work/life balance not the easiest.

    Advice to Management

    If the account executive is struggling, work with him or her on ways to get back on track instead of ingnoring them. Also, some people have terrible territories but crush the phones and get unnoticed.


  7. Competitive Intelligence Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Oracle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Tough environment to survive in with competitive nature and position overlap, yet this sets you well for other companies in your career
     -Flexible work locations
    - Great learning experience because you expose to so many, global business units
    - Very, very smart people at Oracle, so great learning from that perspective.

    Cons

    - Job overlap is annoying
    - Other business units will take your content, embed it in theirs and not provide credit to the original author
    - Older, stuffy work environment
    - Oracle is a global company, so they will let you work all 24 hours per day if you facilitate it

    Advice to Management

    Remain a domain expert as well as manager for when the twice yearly layoffs come or a big acquisition.
    Ensure you are metrics driven and can clearly show growth/direct business impact.


  8. A big company to build a career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is plenty sources of knowledge and opportunities to grow. You can expand your talent in different areas, from development to sales and anything in between.

    Cons

    The environment is know to be all the time on the edge, and you should be willing to expend some extra time to keep up with the challenge, so a balance life might become quite complicated some times.


  9. It's a place to work forever and retire from there

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

    I worked at Oracle (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best people I've worked with. Excellent benefits. Enormous campus. Wonderful work-life balance

    Cons

    It is huge. I felt lonely in the massive building.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  10. Deal Manager

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

    I worked at Oracle (Less than a year)

    Pros

    easy, great people, managers were excellent at in both technical knowledge as well as leadership qualities.

    Cons

    extremely uninteresting and mundane work.

    Advice to Management

    They were excellent


  11. Helpful (2)

    Sales Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    lots of products to learn and sell. tons of opportunities

    Cons

    grow biz through acquisition. less



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