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Stable but Uninspiring for the Masses

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Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Redwood City, CA
Current Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA

I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Well managed company with a huge reach in its customer's IT organziations that offers a wide range of products and roles. Offers its senior managers competitive comp and freedom and good work / life balance for many mid and junior level roles

Cons

Don't come to Oracle expecting to drive innovation or rapid advancement. For mid level and senior managers it's a highly political, surivial-of-the-fittest environment. For individual contributors you need to rely on a good manager to look after you. Raises and bonuses outisde of sales and engineering are rare so make sure you will be happy with your base salary .

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Larry and his execs are not looking for any advice but just in case - there is a lot of untapped creativity in the company. A conscious effort to reward initiative and fresh ideas would pay off.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Oracle Consulting.....body shopper with a brand

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You get to work in some great fortune 100 clients. Also you have a lot of independence in terms of work. You can access all the training available in Oracle university. 4 days onsite , 3 days offsite. Can negotiate with client for work from home on special situations.

    Cons

    No harmony with in the company between Product Sales, Consulting and Product development. Often client thinks that you can directly talk to the Product manager for issues which is not the case. As some other person stated, you will never get together with your colleagues or manager, except if they are on your own project. There is no cross training or boot camps for new products and releases. If you are billable no one cares about what you are doing. Often times you may be on a project for no reason or the client has budget and needs to use it. You will be forced to work under a resource who is in no way knows what has to be done.

    Compensation is what you negotiate and join the company. Later there is n o significant raises. Promotions are not transparent. Bonuses are always like a lottery , you never know you will get it even though your utilization was 100%.

    You will never be appreciated for the work you do. There was no initiative from the management to encourage knowledge sharing. Every consultant is a SILO.

    And worst of all you never know when you will be let go.It does not matter how much work you did in the previous years. If you are in bench in one of the quarter ends and a CPA may decide you are a liability and you will be laid off.

    The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth. I know many people stuck with the same designation and work for over 10 years. You can verify this on linkedin by checking their profile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If Oracle is not interested in Consulting, please do not spoil the life and career of innocent consultants. Stop doing it. Don't do it for the sake of it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    From very cool to oppressive and unweildy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's a great place to be from. People are impressed when you say you're with or have worked at Oracle. Telecommuting is a reality - teams are scattered geographically and you're expected to be able to work from wherever you choose to be. It used to be so cool - leading to bleeding edge, you worked hard but were rewarded for it; everyone was top-notch and the work was exciting.

    Cons

    In no particular order - you rarely or never see your colleagues in person. Many of the internal software programs are very difficult to use and inadequate to our purposes (cobbler's children with no shoes?). The company is very inflexible, many layers of management,many approvals to do anything at all, no guidance as to what the necessary approvals are. Very few promotion opportunities, substandard salaries, no bonuses or incentives unless you're sales. Departments very silo'd. Almost impossible to find someone with a specific function in another department. You're expected to be available to work 24/7, and to drop everything to work evenings and weekends as needed, which is often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work groups are much too silo'd, with no way to find overlapping or complimentary skills or missions. Teams with similar or overlapping functions are created with no interaction, often no awareness of each other. Many sales functions are in direct opposition to each other, resulting in internal distrust and some real backstabbing. Far too many approvals required. We have too many chiefs, not nearly enough workers. Our targets are beyond effective stretch goals and we are threatened with headcount changes regularly. Many of our best people are demoralized and the turnover is high. We are being managed a lot, but not managed well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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