Oracle Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Pros
  • In my team I have great work life balance (in 870 reviews)

  • Flexibility to work from home at times (in 379 reviews)

Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 119 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 154 reviews)

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  1. Support

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    Current Employee - Xxxxx in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Xxxxx in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great benefits, easy freeway access, room to grow to management but takes long time to transition, flexible to move to other areas of business

    Cons

    lots of red tape, big company, slow to make changes, lots of bureaucracy, hard to jump into management

    Advice to Management

    NONE. xxxxx xxxx xxxxx xxxxxx xxxxxx xxxxx ,xxxx,xxxxxx,xxx,xxxx,xx,,x


  2. Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Can work from home.

    Cons

    Very little vacation, not a good environment to work in, no career development

    Advice to Management

    send employees to tech training and conferences during work hours.


  3. Good but not great for a large tech firm

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, flexible schedule (depending on group and manager), many technologies within company

    Cons

    Too many product silos, strategic direction is lacking, much churn due to constant acquisitions, no regular review cycle or feedback, internal tools are often abysmal (most notably the development framework)

    Advice to Management

    Tech employment market is far too competitive right now to continue skimping on employee bonuses


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  5. The DMV of IT

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relative stability. Ability to move around the company, and work in multiple locations. Flexible work-at-home for many areas.

    Cons

    Little chance of promotion. Few pay raises (it's not uncommon to go 4 or 5 years without a raise I am told). Aging technology. Mind-numbingly slow processes to get the simplest of things done. Most software development oving to India. Focus is on acquisitions, not product .

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure what middle management can honestly do to change a culture which is so deeply embedded. Upper management might leverage the many good engineers they have (many brought on through acquisitions, as I was) and develop new products.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Poor Compensation, everyone fights for projects, not a lot to do

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like working in a silo, on boring projects, then this place is for you. If you like making everyone at the VP and above level rich, while you sweat away worrying about your job, then Oracle is definitely for you. Time off -unlimited sick leave. Great Gym.

    Cons

    1. Poor compensation, no raises, or bonuses in years. 2. Employees are VERY dispensable- they remind you of this all the time 3. Can't put up a wreath or Christmas tree, even for a party (was told we would be fired if we did so as it would offend others in the company that are not Christians) 4. No career growth 5. They bought PeopleSoft to cause confusion in the marketplace and squash the competition. 6. We had to buy our own office supplies and pay for them out of pocket because we were not allowed to order them through Oracle. 7. If you give a two weeks notice, be prepared to be walked out 1/2 hour later and all compensation and benefits cut off same day. 8. Ruthless culture (it comes down from the top) 9. Cafeteria is awful, high priced, and caters to only one nationality (in Pleasanton). 10. Managers and directors who are not technical, and keep getting promoted without having the abilities to manage others. 11. People leave left and right and they can't backfill those positions. They really do not care about attrition rates. It just means it's one less person to pay. 12. Slow technology that is antiquated.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees as they are the ones making Oracle wealthy. Don't promote people just because they kiss up. Try to retain your employees. A little bit of niceness and perks goes a long way. It's not good to have a manager tell you that you are lucky to have a job. Treat employees with respect. Many people are leaving for better opportunities at your competitors. The compensation packages are great elsewhere. Oracle is wealthy and makes billions each quarter. You can definitely afford to give raises and bonuses.


  7. Excellent

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    Former Employee - Principal QA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Principal QA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Work culture was very flexible

    Cons

    no promotions, hike for a long time


  8. Helpful (1)

    Don't expect a raise!!!!

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    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Analyst in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No raises in 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    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!


  9. Helpful (4)

    Ripe for the picking in business apps

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Applications Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Applications Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Welcome to the Borg

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    Former Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Very poor communication from upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people before making knee-jerk decisions.


  11. Great company to gain experience of a true enterprise IT environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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



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