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Talk the talk but often does not walk the walk

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Current Employee - Director Product Management in Redwood Shores, CA
Current Employee - Director Product Management in Redwood Shores, CA

I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 5 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Stable company with large number of in house opportunities. Strong fiscal focus and ability to weather financial challenges

Cons

Bureaucratic processes and lack of ability to replace lost personnel. Compensation process has very little to do with group performance and individual contribution. Definitely feels like a big company

Advice to Management

Driving initiatives without the willingness to spend money to make them happen is an exercise in frustration.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Internal job transfers/promotions are restricted to Lateral or Downward grade-levels!

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology, steady financials, market power. As some others have pointed out, these factors can make Oracle a good career springboard for future opportunities with more exciting, agile, innovative, flexible and creative companies.

    Cons

    Internal advancement and compensation system is ludicrous. There is an HR policy that only permits Lateral or Lower grade-level transfers for employees moving to an internally posted job -- even for promotions. So for example, if you hold an IC3-level position and are qualified to apply to an internal IC5-level job posting, you may be offered the new job, but you cannot move to the higher grade/salary level during that fiscal year -- i.e.,the new job now becomes an IC3-level job. Any grade-level changes can only be considered at the beginning of the following fiscal year, at which time, many other variables come into play: Your manager must then provide a stellar review, submit a business case for a promotion, jump through hoops, get approvals, etc. Also, when applying to an internally posted job, you must inform your current manager, before you receive a formal offer from HR. Yes, before. So essentially, if the offer is not what you expect, you are more than likely in an extremely precarious position with your current manager/organization and must seek alternative employment outside of the company, immediately thereafter. Sales Compensation Plans are inconsistent and do not accurately reward talent or results. Some Sales employees in a given year do extremely well, while other solid performers are forced to survive on their base salary. Also, little to no stock option awards are distributed to the mainstream workforce.

    Advice to Management

    1) Why would anyone want to move to a better internal job, for which they are qualified, if its restricted to the same level or below?! 2) Most employees (covertly) despise working there, but stay there until they find something else. 3) Expect a flood of employee departures if/when the job market relaxes and opens up.


  2. Helpful (4)

    One of the best I ever worked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of resources, lots of opportunities to learn new technologies, endless amount of work, high chance of getting your work into product, not asked to work on narrow focus, good medical benefits

    Cons

    hardly any raises, some of my colleagues were getting paid well below the industry average for their skill level, lots of take-overs and mergers leading to politics in upper levels of management and cause endless reorganizations. culture is very focused on business and bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    share the wealth. Perks to employees like a gym and good food at the expense of a low salary discriminate against the employees' families.


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