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Oracle Reviews in Pleasanton, CA

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 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.  

    Great company to gain experience of a true enterprise IT environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Limitless opportunities in a large global organization with a breadth of high-end products and services - many locations to work from - flexible work from home policy

    Cons

    Large and bureaucratic - not very employee focused - salary not competitive in Bay area

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't expect a raise!!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Analyst  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Stong company, good benefits, No fear for a take over.

    Cons

    No raises in 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how you decisions affects employee's families. You took the working from home perk away. Havent seen a raise in 5 years. Now with after school day care and commute expenses, I've taken a pay decrease! Also when your support group earns $2 Billion per month, you can share some of the wealth!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Ripe for the picking in business apps

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Applications Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Applications Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    -- Free beverages
    -- Most engineering staff is smart and capable of good work.
    -- Benefits are good and comprehensive, but nothing stands out.

    Cons

    -- Your start salary will likely be your end salary.
    -- Some technologies (ADF, ADF Mobile) are so poorly architected that you have to question how well this company can do anything.
    -- Inter-division politics, which admittedly exist everywhere, are especially bad in the applications group.
    -- Lots of 'useless people', who don't seem to fill any specific role, but don't seem to be bad enough to be fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump ADF and adopt some open-source technologies. The more you cling to ADF the faster you will lose people, because no one wants to derail their career by learning a dead-end technology. If you won't do that, at least open up your wallets and pay people more. Morale is pretty low right now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bad ethics and morale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Quality Assurance Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Quality Assurance Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Flexible (no one cares if you come and go)

    Cons

    Managers that are wimps...
    Only way to get a raise is to be promoted to another level (which there's no career path or planning)
    No raises, bonuses or stock options for the rank and file for at least three years (was told company didn't have money)
    Aquisitions take forever to combine, and the technology is antique.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat employees like they are valuable. There are so many other companies that do. Don't get upset if someone goes to a competitor for work as they probably feel like they need to in order to feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Welcome to the Borg

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Very poor communication from upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people before making knee-jerk decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Oracle does everything. Have grown too big to manage.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    - Depending on your team, you can work on good things, learn a wide range of technology, work with bright people.
    - Stable employer, flexibility.

    Cons

    - Salary is not at par with other similar companies in the SF bay area.
    - Oracle has stopped sharing profits with employees since 2008 even though executives are paid very well. E.g. ORCL product dev EVP Thomas Kurian made USD 36 million last year (compare that to 25 million for GE CEO).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, I don't think they listen. It is a top-down culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    Remote work and less pressure

    Cons

    Pay - Oracle doesn't really as per market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible managers, directors, no raises or bonuses

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software QA Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software QA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    The benefits are ok, but costly. I paid about about $1000 per month, Oracle gave very little towards it.

    Cons

    Let me count the ways how Oracle is really not the place to work.
    1. No raises or bonuses for a few years, Company claims they have no money
    2. Managers are incompetent. Only promoted so they can be in the next pay level. Oracle is very top heavy with managers and directors, a lot of whom don't have reporting to them.
    3. HR is useless. Complaints are not taken seriously.
    4. There's no career growth.
    5. Pay is low, so if you do end up working at Oracle, negotiate a larger salary, as you will be stuck without raises or bonuses for some time.
    6. Should you ever give a two weeks notice, be prepared to be fired on the spot and not given paperwork upon your exit or your last paycheck. Also benefits and pay cut off same day.
    7. Oracle touts itself on diversity. However, celebrating Christmas is a big no no, and dont ever use a christmas tree at any party because you will be fired. This company bends over to please the other cultures and their holidays. Oh and the company does not celebrate, or give President's day off.
    In all, Oracle does not treat employees well and acts like everyone is replaceable. Because they can get some person in India or China to replace you for half the price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to value employees. Maybe get training on what the laws are when firing employees, such as paperwork required.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    flexible schedule easy internal transfer but low salary and benefit

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

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, easy internal transfer

    Cons

    low benefit, low raise and bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bigger raise and bonus, better 401k match, better medical benefit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very talented people and cutting edge technology in enterprise software

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    Pros

    A great pool of talent and Great benefits. Most employees work very hard and collaboration is valued.

    Cons

    Senior management's Machiavellian approach at trimming fat has meant losing a large pool of talented people to other companies. Middle management has almost no power to address any issues that are clearly seen from below senior management, yet that senior management is blind to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Controlling costs is one thing but losing your talent and heaping workload on current employers, results in attrition and customer dissatisfaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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