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Lack of direction; lack of identity; lack of vision;

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Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

There are just a few good engineers at Oracle. Occasionally you'd see a pocket of 1-2 good engineers in a team of 20+.

Cons

As it is made up of many companies, there is big disintegration. No culture per se. Cronyism and incompetency are rampant at Oracle. Disillusionment. The smart people seem to quit as soon as Oracle acquires a company. Smart people seem to be deliberately not hired. Friends and inexperienced people are welcome at Oracle. Pro-activity, natural leadership, experience doesn't seem to be encouraged or rewarded. Mediocrity is protected at all costs.

The internal tools they use are so old and obsolete that is not even funny. For instance: How can a database company not normalize the bug-status of their bug-tracking tool? Why would you leave it as a cross-product of two statuses, that cannot describe uniformly a bug status? Why would you have disparate set of 99 bug statuses? How can you provide better software when your own internal tools are obsolete?

This is just one example. Plenty more.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As long as the same management stays in place, nothing will change. Any talk of "restructuring", etc., is just another PR from investors to investors, to keep the stock from sinking. The sad part is that management knows they are incompetent and mediocre and are diagnosing themselves as "all is good!" This is at all vertical levels of management. Everyone knows it and no one wants to admit it. It's just another "too big to fail" company. If one person admits it, they are quickly isolated, ousted, isolated, fired, etc.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Former Employee - Applications Sales Representative  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Applications Sales Representative in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    The technology and the people to work with are great. They have a great story to tell their customers about their product offerings. They also offer great benefits.

    Cons

    Many times you are competing against another Oracle employee for the same business. Because of continuous acquisitions, the company has offerings that directly compete which are sold by different reps. They let the Sales Reps "duke it out". In reality whoever has the best relationship with the customer will ultimately win. Also, their internal process to get an order booked are PAINFUL and feel like order prevention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Difficult to be successful with work-life balance. Long days, lots of travel, and not effective business development for leads - I did a lot of cold calling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Solid tech company with solid technology, applications solutions, transitioning to meet current trends to reduced Cap-ex

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    Current Employee - Solution Architect  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of technology innovation. Huge focus on the more profitable technology solutions. Diverse customer base. Huge portfolio of good, relevant technologies to build solutions from.

    Cons

    Little on-going investment in growing employees.
    Too much middle management.
    No real career path
    Slow going in terms of promotions. Growth might sometimes be inversely proportional to tenure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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