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Extremely well-run (but tightly controlled) company

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Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Profitable company. Long history of success.
High achievers are rewarded (if they're in a high-flying business unit).
Oracle IT does a reasonable job of providing a supportive compute environment, even for "BYOD" equipment not provided by Oracle (for example, Macs & iOS devices).
Although Oracle used to have a reputation for being a "slave-driver" company, I haven't seen that since joining Oracle approx 2009. Work-life balance is OK.

Cons

The company is tightly controlled ... it's unbelievable sometimes how high up the management chain that some small purchases have to go for approval (and how long it can take).
High achievers are not rewarded so well if they're in business unit that hasn't performed as well (bottom line) over the last year -- so choose your business unit carefully.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allow employees to be more productive by including better computing equipment in the internal purchasing system (more up-to-date Windows/Linux PC hardware, and by all means start offering Macs).

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Oracle

  1.  

    Good job, good work-life balance: not much chance to grow in an engineering capacity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    . Work-life balance
    . Fairly challenging technical work

    Cons

    . Too much process
    . Some micro-management
    . Technical ladder runs out / decelerates early; more growth along managerial/business side, so not a very good fit for the engineering-oriented individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    . Give your engineers space to innovate
    . Don't micro-manage

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall environment at Oracle

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

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

    Pros

    - great gym, great food
    - some opportunities to move from one group to another group

    Cons

    - lack of communication from the top
    - no commute options like apple/google/fb offer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - focus more on streamlining the process
    - say "thank you" mor eoften

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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