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Work hard, but don't expect to be creative.

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

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

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

If you land in the right spot, you can work on cool technologies with people from all over the world. The bosses I have had have been very hands-off and let you get your work done.

Cons

A VERY top-down company. You are expected to follow your "marching orders" without question. All projects are designed for maximum repeatability, so don't expect be creative and come up with new ideas. Also, don't expect raises.

Advice to Management

Could you share a little of the 14 BILLION Oracle makes in a fiscal quarter with those of us down here rowing the boat?

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    The most chaotic, unorganized company I have worked for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Broomfield, CO
    Current Employee - Sales in Broomfield, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, People, the ability to work from home in some cases.

    Cons

    Internal processes are terrible, hard to negotiate through. Several departments for every step, not mapped out anywhere, flying blind, such a waste of time to try to figure it out for the first time. They consider themselves a self service company, meaning, don't ask for help, figure it out. People spend more time trying to figure out how to get something done then actually accomplishing anything. No decision making unless you are a global process owner who define all processes, no choices but to follow along, right or wrong. Small increases if anything. Big offshore outsourcer! No job security.

    Advice to Management

    Caring about your people is the first step in managing!


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