Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 793 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 358 reviews)


Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 110 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 145 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not bad choice

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer/Software Developer IV  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer/Software Developer IV in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Friendly teammates
    - No heavy work load, less pressure

    Cons

    The company is mean. No matter the earning is good or bad, the budget for raise is always trivial . Lots of people here no real work to do, they are shamed to be asked for what project they're working on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe they know all the issues here, but they may have bigger issues to handle. If I were Larry, I'll cut 10% of the current employees and save the money to give a raise for the rest of people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experience for the most part

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, global exposure, great technologies and very good compensation for VP and above

    Cons

    Conventional, old fashioned mindset, difficult to change. Cohesive culture is missing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways/means to hold on to and promote your best talent

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenges (and rewards!) you everyday

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Representative  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Love coming to work everyday with my peers/mentors. Team environment where you are ultimately in the driver's seat of your own career.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate all of the internal processes- could be made easier but that's to expect with such a large company, right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee training and growth. I already think that Oracle does a great job at recognizing successful employees, but this could be another useful area to consider.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Enjoying my first months at Oracle

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    Current Employee - Sales Consultant  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    So far my experience at Oracle has been good. The six week training program was world class and Oracle really invests a lot of time and money trying to make sure they prepare their employees for real work responsibilities. As a sales consultant there is a need to learn a lot of products and the product trainings with sales pitches afterwards really helped keep you on your toes and wanting to learn more and more about the product. Its a real self service company meaning that if you want to succeed you have to do what you can to make it, if you're comfortable with just doing the bare minimum then you can get by doing that but you will not move up in your career.

    Cons

    Since I just started my job, I have yet to find any cons associated with working here. A job is a job and I'm really thankful for having one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So far so good, excited to be here and looking to excel my career at Oracle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but hard to get into, and little salary growth

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    The benefits at Oracle are decent. Your job satisfaction will depend upon the group you are in. The hiring process is long and cumbersome, but once at Oracle, you have many opportunities for changing positions and groups. Your salary is however unlikely to keep up with the market.

    Cons

    This is a large company and it is hard at times to find out who is doing what. Incentives and compensation growth opportunities are depending upon the group in which you are. Some groups are well taken care of while others are not. It is important to be hired with the highest salary you can get. It is common for employees to get their salary readjusted upon being re-hired (after leaving the company for a few years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are no corporate-wide program for the retention of top talent. Managers are given a bonus pool for their entire team, and try to use this pool as best they can to reward top-performers. Very little people leadership with top executives. LJE is not a very inspirational person...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    It all depends where your at!

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great, no micro managing, and access to lots of senior people. But I'm in a unique position which allows that. I have a boss that give me autonomy, and support from senior leaders to act in the best interest of my program.

    Cons

    The internal bureaucracy is horrible. Internal systems such as expense reporting, procurement, tech support, and any other system for employees is garbage. Employee apps are crap, and internal software is dated and not intuitive. Compensation is slightly below average for tech companies, but not for other Fortune 500's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the internal system, don't make it so hard for the rank and file to get help. Use our own commercial products to help make employees more productive. Give raises, treat your people like you want them to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Current orcl review

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting projects both hw and sw.

    Cons

    Giant company with policy and rules that come with large companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Oracle as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I was a very relaxed environment that allowed you to have space to breath, explore, and be creative.

    Cons

    The kinds of people who work here aren't necessarily motivated to create the next Google.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great learning experience, but not the right company culture for me.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great training program, the opportunity to work at a Fortune 500 company and meet an amazing network of peers and industry veterans.

    Cons

    Having no say in what LOB or team you fell under. This turned out to be a nail in the coffin for me, as I ended up under a sub-par manager. There was limited horizontal movement at the time due to the intense hiring round they were pursuing, so leaving was my best option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to the voices of all these new hires. You wanted us to change the culture at Oracle, but unless you listen to our thoughts about what can improve, this process can never take place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tough but fair

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic environment for sales people. Company culture revolves around those who are customer facing and/or revenue generating - you will never lose a deal on price, and the bag grows each year thanks to an M&A strategy that benefits reps and customers alike. Oracle continues to make training and education a priority, and employees are encouraged (and given time) to develop hard and soft skills. Good upward career mobility potential - preference for internal hires who have demonstrated the ability to navigate and excel inside the Oracle machine. Good work/life balance....except near quarter-ends.

    Cons

    Go-to-market structure creates internal competition that shouldn't exist and is counter productive. Very process and systems intensive - overly time consuming. The recent hiring binge has shrunk territories, making it much more difficult to achieve and exceed sales quotas, causing discontent and significant employee churn. Salary increases, even when being promoted, remain elusive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company's decision to hire top university grads to inject youth and fresh thinking was a good decision, but these millennials need to be set-up for success, and in most case they are being placed into situations where they don't feel purposeful. Equally, don't look past the experienced hires - they have been the top performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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