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Oracle Reviews in Reading, England

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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2.8 37 reviews

65% Approve of the CEO

Oracle CEO and Director Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

(17 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

    Solution Director (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsSolid 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take success for granted.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good employer full of smart people

    Consulting Technical Manager (Former Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsGreat and very smart people and leading edge technology.

    ConsProcess 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits and flexibility, poor prospects

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Reading, England (UK)

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

    ConsSmall 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 Senior ManagementShake things up a bit, encourage more movement between divisions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very process driven

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not as dynamic! Good for work/life balance

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible 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

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementBetter career prospects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A sterile M & A machine which could do so much better if it sorted out the management layers!

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsFlexible working policy
    Work Life Balance (which is good because management are not on top of managing people, not because its a conscious policy)
    Some good products (and some really bad ones)

    ConsAlmost zero empowerment, even at VP level. Being able to think for yourself and own decisions are not required at Oracle.
    Some dubious role models at the highest levels reminiscent of ageing rocks stars

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegroup! This could be a force to be reckoned with but its not a well run business and therefore opportunities are missed every day. Bring in some fresh blood at board level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They treat the sales team like the customers, they don't care, it's all about money

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsVery large organization, everyone is infighting for business

    ConsThe hardware Products are not as good as they think, the benchmarks are not on a level playing field, they alter the data before the tests.

    They don't pay the staff and threat them as disposable assets, no respect for the employee or the customer. It's all about Oracle and money, that's all they care about. If your short on your number the close plan is simple "let's audit the customer".

    They treat the partner badly, they promise deals and then at week 9 they take them direct.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink about the customers and employees and not just your bank account.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Do not expect to be treated with any respect in this firm.

    Developer (Former Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    ProsGood to have in your resume.
    Exciting work in if in development.
    Some good, intelligent colleagues.

    ConsNo salary increase despite exceeds expectations performance reviews,
    No HR presence.
    HR/management are clueless and do not care about employees.
    Lots of incompetent, arrogant people from acquisitions.
    Progress depends on immediate manager. Unfortunately there are a lot on incompetent managers, with little/disappointing/no leadership.
    If you are a mindless person, you will fit in nicely.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Gotten worse over the years but still good overall

    Member of Technical Staff (Current Employee) Reading, England (UK)

    Pros- Excellent work-life balance
    - Constantly at the bleeding edge of technology
    - Excellent employee benefits (Flexible Benefits are cool)
    - Resturant at tvp is excellent.

    ConsNon-Existent pay-rises, we have reviews, score "Out-Performing" and still get zero% payrise
    Get promoted = more work, no payrise..
    Career progression is very limited unless your in "sales"
    Mgmt know the problems but are blinkered
    General Moral is low or indifferent..

    Advice to Senior ManagementOne could say attrition rate is low, why give payrises? True however those who remain simply remain because of the other benefits, and productivity decreases..

    Morale is low-medium and Id say if oracle wishes to succeed like it did in the 90's and early 2000s it needs to foster its own employees .. It did then, why not now?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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