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I don't hate my job :)

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

I have been working at Oracle

Pros

It's a big company, so there are options to choose from - moving groups is possible, even changing career tracks (Engineer to PM, etc.) is a possibility. The company is stable and won't be going away soon :) - as long you are doing a good job, there is little worry that you'll be laid off. The health and 401(k) benefits are generally decent. As always - combination of right place, right time, hard work, positive energy will pay off in the long term - have a 5 year + window.

Cons

Its big! So a lot of people seem lost.
My knowledge is limited to Fusion Middleware (Application Server) platform area and cannot comment of DB or APPS teams - the problems are
- dysfunctional - there is the obvious "right arm doesn't know what left arm is doing" syndrome.
- SDLC is not strictly followed -- engineering process gets a little chaotic/ ad hoc. the initial set of requirements/restrictions that you start with almost never hold true. Some thing or the other will change and you'll have to accommodate for it.
- schedules are very aggressive but in my opinion not realistic. To give an example, product hasn't shipped 18 months after a previously advertised "code freeze" date.
- you work a lot but get a sense of not having achieved as much.
- if you like to code a lot, then this isn't the place :(
- nobody makes firm commitments on requirements/schedules - I guess it is a way to make sure anything you don't know now can be made a "requirement" later.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop doing big bang releases. Tier the process so that there are fewer dependencies, the requirements are crystal clear.
Rolling development process is not viable and will drive away employees coming from all the companies that are being acquired where there is more structure.

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  1. Great company to work for but

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

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Career opportunities to grow, Flexible work environment

    Cons

    Compensation is not up to the mark

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees more

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  2. Decent place to work.

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

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Large Company - diverse opportunities. Good benefits. Stable company. Growth opportunities exist but vary by division and group. Company growing by acquisition so lots of new areas coming on and there is constant change.

    Cons

    Salaries are low (if you have been there a while). Not as good to employees as some other large companies. Lots of long time veterans so sometimes growth can be stifled. Lots of politics and some groups have a lot of backstabbing etc, going on. Turf wars between VPs etc. are also quite common. Also, promotions are quite slow in some divisions and it takes a long time to go up the chain (if you leave and come back, you can short-circuit some of that).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pass on more of the results of the good profits to employees (raises, bonuses etc.).

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