Oracle Reviews in Austin, TX

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 721 reviews)

  • Work from home option is available which is very convenient during busy times (in 329 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is a trade off offered for lesser than industry average growth (in 97 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 137 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good learning experience

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Able to learn a lot, lots of resources

    Cons

    Very political and can be very unfair

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make efforts to promote fairly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    High promises, low delivery. Work is not very engaging, sales org is very disorganized.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The culture is young and enjoyable. I like the people I work with and am engaged with numerous people across the country. The amenities are very satisfying and buildings are constantly being updated and cared for. The products are all top of the line, so selling is less of convincing and more about the timing. It also pays well and the benefits are great.

    Cons

    Disorganization that prevents me from doing my job well. My performance is based on a very arbitrary scale that is really just a numbers game rather than measuring actual effort or skill. This would be a 5 star job if the work was engaging or challenging.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If all you need is a paycheck, this place is a good bet.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Growth is stunted. Very company specific -- no best of breed product usage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Experience, Political and Competitive

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    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very good benefits, starting salary is hard to beat, and the opportunity to move up is competitive but possible if you are on track and constantly exceeding your quota. You gain a lot of experience talking with Executives all over the country.

    Cons

    The culture is built to weed out anyone who isn't doing amazing. The leaders manage by fear and will try and make you quit rather than help you get better if you aren't doing well. if you don't know about something, there is no one to give you an answer. You have to research the answer which makes for a constant gray area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage like a decentralized start up. Help the ones at the bottom to be better rather than threatening them. Although threatening people is an effective tactic, it will almost always cause resentment and high turnover rates in the long run.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good opportunity but be careful

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    Former Employee - EMO - Oracle Direct  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - EMO - Oracle Direct in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    High compensation potential, good benefits packages, stock purchasing program, a lot of sales training, strong network

    Cons

    Constant org changes, internal procedures are a nightmare, management is key to your success as they can portray you in a very positive or negative outlook despite your quality of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let management get away with passing blame as a method of CYA, make them accountable. It's not uncommon to see remote managers do very little with limited skill sets. The quick and dirty route is constantly blame sales people and push them out the door, managers are the reason for high turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Mostly good place to work. Difficult place to grow.

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    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good collaboration tools, good infrastructure, ample travel budget, lots of challenging problems. Very flexible work hours and (depending on your manager) flexible work locations.

    Cons

    Inconsistent management, inconsistent strategies, direction is predominantly tactical (not often focused on maintaining investment in projects with long term payoffs). Company tolerates incompetence far too liberally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strict deadlines, not intererested in keeping employees happy

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    Current Employee - Circuit Design  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Circuit Design in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    work/life balance, job stability is good

    Cons

    No raises/bonuses for past 5 years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience but difficult with internal politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Work/Life Balance
    -Flexible Time
    -Great Management
    -Great Benefits & compensation

    Cons

    There are some internal politics that are difficult to deal with. With such a large company it makes since,but sometimes things take a lot longer than they should

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It was the best of times and the worst of times...

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great compensation. Great education. Lots of cool people to work with.

    Cons

    OD Senior Management that doesn't know anything about the customer nor do they understand that customer's sales cycle. A comp model that gives the inside account rep incentive to not fight for her fair share of the forecast credit. The comp model basically allows the outside reps to combine deals together that cut the inside rep's comp to a fraction if they fight with or dont do as the outside sales rep wants. So, basically the inside rep has to do what they can to make inside sales management happy but at the same time their own pay is really determined by their relationship with the field who can take their deals...combine them into larger deals...and drastically reduce the inside reps comp while stealing their forecast credit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the comp/forecast credit model for OD. You are viewing a lot of very competent sales people through the wrong lens when you make them beholden to two different sets of management...one of which controls their immediate pay and the other of which controls their long term standing in the company. Don't make the junior rep have to choose between immediately making more money or staying with the company long term. Reduce the tension between field and inside sales. Dont let Field management and sales dictate everything to the inside sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worse place in the world to work, a torture chamber

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    Former Employee - Principal Hardware Engineer  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Principal Hardware Engineer in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    None, Nada, nothing to speak of.

    Cons

    This place was worse than doing time in prison (or so I imagine). Manager enjoyed placing me and two others on a performance improvement plan in pursuit of our dismissal rather than a genuine desire for improved performance. He seemed to enjoy punishing us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to monitor management in their chain, as abuses do occur. The hands off attitude of this company paired with its non-transparency can create situations of extreme corruption. Their is no respect, whatsoever, for the individual contributor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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