Oracle Reviews in Reading, England

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 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.  

    Stable employer with flexible working practice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst III (Support)  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst III (Support) in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Flexible management style (not over your shoulder) Flexible working hours and probably the best software library you can get at the moment. Plenty of online training available. Autonomous working attitude, self service concept.
    Higher management excel at investing and in the art of finance, cash flow and customer base has currently no match in this line of business.

    Cons

    Middle management a little bit too remote and stretched. Too many procedures, as can be seen in most comments about this company. Hardly any pay rise can keep motivation low especially when performance reviews are good. Global teams means that in some departments, there is no sense of belonging to a team as there is little to no communication among employees. It appears that management recently tried to resolve this issue by suddenly discouraging home working habits but the core issue is a middle management issue, not individual contributors whose efficiency can sometimes outperform that of their peers in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe refocus on middle management without using micro management techniques, create teams managed locally. There is no global village, local communities need a sense of ownership and team spirit unless the energy crisis is over and we can fly over the world several times a month at low cost.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great flexibility, poor incentives.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility with ability to work from home and even in other countries. Very relaxed work environment mostly.

    Cons

    From my experience and everyone I have spoken to - it is almost impossible to get decent raises or bonuses without leaving or changing team. Can be very frustrating seeing employees doing very little and getting paid more when you are working hard and producing work getting rave reviews with little rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into providing more incentives for employees based on performance/hard work, otherwise people will continue to leave.

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

    Lacking in healthy, human values, creating a stressed environment. Management bullying in some departments.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good company strategy, some very smart executives at the very top in HQ.
    Some very smart people to work with locally.
    Strong brand name (although not always favourable view). Facilities good.
    Flexible benefits system is the best in the industry.
    Pockets of great products which are really exciting and can make a difference to customers business.

    Cons

    Talent reviews are very subjective and down to the relationship you have with your manager. The top right hand 'quadrant' is often filled with favourites rather than the most capable/biggest contributors.

    The many separate sales teams are good from a product focus/specialisation, however they do not service the customer or the company well, as it causes much duplication of effort and difficulty in bringing together a complete solution. Everyone is competing internally for the customers budget and it can be quite ruthless when it comes to deal negotiation, all business lines are focused on their own number.

    The UK lacks a leader who has responsibility for all lines of business, with the notional country manager only really being interested in his own business, therefore they are missing an executive who will look at the bigger picture for the customer, company and employees benefit.

    While the customers have some excellent service by individuals face-to-face, they are treated second only to Oracle's own internal processes and desires. The back office staff at the low level are underpaid and overworked, some of the people in the approval chain are high on themselves and their power and seem to lack awareness that without the customer they don't have a business.

    Lack of visibility and presence in the UK of the EMEA EVP/SVP's, therefore no inspiration or leadership from the top. Which is a shame as Oracle has some inspiring senior management (although there is one which is so politically incorrect that UK management dare not let them address the UK employees again)

    No pay rises, even with promotions and additional responsibility. Wage bands so wide you can drive a bus through them. Attrition is allegedly low/on par for the market, but does anyone look at who they lose and who stays, could it be the dynamic leave and the comfortable stay?

    Lip service is paid to company values and diversity in online training, but in reality it's only the $ that counts.

    As an individual you have to be a self motivated and self supporting person, as the company really don't care about you as an individual nor about your career progression. Although they are very good about genuine illness, but the cynical may say, that this is to stay within the law...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You could make so much more money by treating people and customers with respect.
    True leadership and inspiration is required in the UK, with all of the key EVP/SVP roles being based in mainland Europe there is little/no visibility with employees in the UK. When was the last time that Loic addressed the UK team in person, he is great, but to my knowledge the only time he spoke to us all was when he was first appointed EVP many years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great people, great working environment, shame about the profit-first management style.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people on the ground are fantastic, and the company does look after you in terms of flexibility, flexible benefits, training, etc. It's also a great name to have on your CV.

    Cons

    The management style takes its inspiration from Uncle Larry, and therefore everything it does is first and foremost for the financial benefit of the company and shareholders. I mean EVERYTHING - if something positive happens which appears to benefit an employee/employees, the decision would have been analysed on a spreadsheet, and if one cell is higher than another (ie. it benefits the corporate bottom line), then it's a yes. Otherwise no.

    Kiss bye bye to pay rises, unless you leave. Which I did, and got a 50% increase.

    I didn't realise how much I disliked working there until after I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. We're the ones who do the actual work, who produce the profit, not shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company to work for but needs to iron out a few issues to compete with the influx of new entrants to the market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move around the company and experience very different different roles, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Starting to become a bit clunky and less agile, internal processes becoming prohibitive and commission payments taking longer and longer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take success for granted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good employer full of smart people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Technical Manager  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Consulting Technical Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great and very smart people and leading edge technology.

    Cons

    Process driven and bureaucratic with limited scope for flexibility and individual innovation. Exacerbated as Oracle has grown. Professional services divisions secondary to license, hardware and license support services

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Happy Place to work, but with limited career progression and don't a pay rise.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Director  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Solution Director in Reading, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Solid Technology, leader in nearly all technology areas. Plenty to keep you busy and training is first class. Bright people and I've really enjoyed my 17 years at Oracle. Recent focus on CLoud computing is a little late but they are making strong acquisitions in order to catch up fast.

    Cons

    The normal big company issues, mostly political issues. Lots of Sales/Presales doing similar customer engagement but overlap is inevitable leading to duplication. Most of the time you feel like the pawn in someone elses jam for promotion. Manager are only thinking about themselves rather than you. Once you've reached a certain level and don't want to go into management then you are limited to which jobs are available to you. People plateau and coast along and Oracle does nothing to make it easy to move around. Recent focus on career development is a ploy to get rid of the people that don't progress. Lots of people leaving for Saleforce.com. No pay rise for the past 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward and Recognition is the only way to keep skilled employees. Remember this otherwise you will lose all employees to cloud companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good benefits and flexibility, poor prospects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England (UK)

    I worked at Oracle full-time

    Pros

    Good stable employer
    Fantastic benefits and very flexible with it
    Good training opportunities

    Cons

    Small cog in a huge machine type situation
    Not much internal movement - often overly specific job specs for internal people
    If they don't value you, they just starve you out with lack of pay raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake things up a bit, encourage more movement between divisions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very process driven

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours (work from home)
    - No micro-management, in my role I get a lot of self-management
    - Very clever colleagues
    - Nice office, nice restaurant

    Cons

    - very process driven , hard to get any done without yet another template to fill out or review board to attend
    - no middle management empowerment - some basic decisions/purchases need to be approved by top of management.
    - No significant salary increases or bonus for the last 4 years
    - Career progression quite tricky
    - Quite a lot of competition/ in-fighting between departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your staff... "Retaining Talent" is more then just a buzz-word.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not as dynamic! Good for work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Reading, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Reading, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible working is the number 1 reason
    Pay is good for the market
    Nice facilities at TVP
    Global exposure
    Good brand name though they are not leaders by any means

    Cons

    If you don't have a direct team on site, there's nothing in the way of work social gatherings
    Few challenges in my job, to be the point of boring
    Oracle is really tight on financials.. Means there is no Xmas party, absolutely nothing in the way of oracle sponsored team events. No salary hike for last 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better career prospects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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