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Oracle Principal Product Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Nov 5, 2013
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
San Jose, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Oracle in May 2013.

Interview Details – I visited the offices twice to meet with the team and the senior leadership. The whole process took about 3 days. Phone interview followed by a long distance call with someone in India plus 1.5 days of in-person interviews.

It is disappointing at several levels to be

1. Interviewed by somebody in India who has little idea about contemporary processes and systems. This man ridiculed my current position without understanding the role or its responsibilities. A very nasty experience. As an interviewee, we are supposed to grin and take the hits ? At one point, he grumbled why they even had this position open and then twisted his unhappiness into yet another sub-standard question. Here is a classic "Why do companies make products?". Jealous much?

2. Ignored after the interview process and not even get a rejection letter. Oracle was too busy for that. Respect much?

3. Interviewed by the hiring manager who didn't show sufficient and necessary technical strength. His in-person interview was interrupted by phone calls. And this crucial interview lasted less than 30 minutes and he had to cut and run. The whole thing seemed unplanned and not really a priority. Interview much?

Interview Question – There wasn't any. Simple questions. Asked by uninterested and uninteresting folks.   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Redwood City, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Oracle.

Interview Details – Hiring Process is Slow, Interview Process can be challenging, More Behavioral Questions, Followed by OS and Coding questions

Interview Question – Roadmapping, Customer Value Proposition   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Redwood City, CA

I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at Oracle.

Interview Details – Very lengthy process. The entire process took about 6 months. There were 4 phone interviews- each around 30 mins--these were all technical. The phone interviews were spread over 2 weeks and started about a month after I first submitted my resume via LinkedIn to the recruiter. A month after the last phone interview, I was called for an onsite interview. I met around 6-7 people there---most of the sessions were technical and were focused around my knowledge in the space and experience in the field --these were with various other product managers and engg managers. I was asked to prepare a presentation beforehand on a given and the final session I was asked to present for 30 mins to that audience. After 6 week from the day of the onsite interview I was called and told that they would be making a verbal offer. A week after that I was made a verbal offer. I negotiated the verbal offer--that took about 3 weeks. A month after that I got a call that I was hired.

Interview Question – Nothing difficult--just lots of questions. For someone who's been working in this exact same niche field for a decade and has seen scores of customers and solved their issues---the interview was a total breeze.   View Answers (2)

Negotiation Details – I wanted them to match my previous salary from my previous job which was at a large competitor where I was a sales consultant. My primary motivation for this position was to change my role to a product manager. Product Managers at Oracle are in R&D and they are paid considerably lower than what you can make in presales. Average presales consultant salaries (cash + commission bonus) in the security space for a large enterprise security software vendor are usually in the range of 170k. I turned down their first offer--they subsequently asked for salary statements from my current job and I negotiated the base salary with them to be significantly higher than their base for a product manager--my criteria was that assuming a 5-6% cash bonus the total should match up to the quoted figure above.

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Anonymous Employee
Redwood City, CA

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Oracle.

Interview Details – Standard interview process, could take time for the whole process, evaluates technical as well as soft skills.

Interview Question – What is XXXXX protocol and how does it work?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Can negotiate salary to a limited extent.

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