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Oracle Reviews in Redwood Shores, CA

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
6,187 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 870 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great at first, but difficult to transfer within

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great and the gym at my facility is pretty awesome! The sick time is great as well, as it's pretty much unlimited, with your Manager's approval.

    Cons

    Nothing thus far, well maybe except for the fact that the raises are pretty poor all around. Unless you know someone within, it's very difficult to grow or transfer out to another department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Oracle is a very internally competitive company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Oracle

    Pros

    1. Well known brand
    2. High level customer contacts
    3. Variety of opportunities

    Cons

    1. Internal competition
    2. Top down management
    3. Limited work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more opportunities for bottom's up empowerment of employees.

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

    Human centipede

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Network in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Network in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to sit around and collect a paycheck, if that is something you are looking for. You will go far if you can talk a good game. No need to do what you were hired to. Exposure to plenty of technology if you want to actual learn them, but not required or common.

    Cons

    See Pros section. Raises are virtually nonexistent, it takes years. I have not personally received one, but I hear they are pennies from the few that have. Management prefers to hire out of "low cost" geographic regions to save money for their bonuses. Even hard to transfer internally to progress since the job postings are usually for low cost centers. As a result, very few peers are knowledgeable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your head out or have your subordinates pull theirs out to see the light.

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

    Great first internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Oracle as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Upper management very friendly, very flexible PTO policies. As an intern i can't really attest to personal growth just yet, however the groups I worked with were very friendly and it was easy to communicate with business partners around the globe. Everyone is very friendly.

    Cons

    Typical large company feel, difficult to move around red tape and work directly with senior management. Career opportunities could be improved, but great company as a launch pad into further career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place - getting political

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Great in many ways. Some groups still doing good work, some very smart folks. Stable.

    Cons

    Can be very political. Reactive on many areas in the market. Talent pool is degraded compared to its state a few years back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better hiring. less politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture of Oracle is you're on your own. That was my experience. This is good in some case in which you become independent, but when I say you are on your own, that's exactly it.

    Cons

    There isn't much help around and you have to jump through a lot of hoops. There is also a lot of gridlock for being such a large company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am in sales, so for my particular management i would say they need to be more involved and provide more clear guidance.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Software Architect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Architect in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable environment. Shorter work hour than startup or others in the area. Nice Gym. Good to prepare for retirement.

    Cons

    No perks Bad compensation only if you are at the top. Your work or how much revenue your development division generates has nothing to do with raises or bonus. Don't care if people quits. As said before good to be there if you are "in" retirement. Not good if you want to do something great and being appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share your profit. Be more competitive with other companies like google or facebook. Care about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great for learning, career advancement,vcan be a tough culture to work in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    It's like a University of Technology - they cover everything. You'll learn so much.

    Cons

    Culture that comes down from above can make it a bit of a grind...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The never giving base pay raises unless you get promoted gets a bit old. Too much duplicative data entry. Wish systems were better, more consolidated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place if you want to hide

    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The obvious....It's Oracle and they have been doing this a long time. Some great products, some good products and some products that need to go away. They hire a ton of college grads and at times its a frat house if you like that and want to bro out. Along come the hiring of some good looking women as well right out of college and I am sure you can see how this plays out.

    Calling customers is easy because it's Oracle. Having them listen is a different story. If you actually show up to work and get it done, you can make some good money. Depending on how you network and promote your personal brand, you might be able to move up.

    Just you normal benefits with a gym for you to use. No great stock plan and you get something around 5% discount on purchase. Most come to Oracle to get a resume bump, maybe learn something if you apply yourself and then move on. Go on LinkedIn and pretty much every company has ex-Oracle reps, so you are in a large network.

    Cons

    The obvious...It's Oracle and they bash customers to death. Some business lines have so many overlays, they have 20 reps calling in for the same thing. Little crazy and customers are always complaining they want to talk with one person.

    A ton of infighting between reps and especially outside reps and inside sales reps. If they would just work as a team, you might actually get a strong team to go hit the market, but everyone wants to throw you under the bus.

    Benefits are nothing great and the only thing is the gym. The equipment was purchased when Larry started the company, so pretty old, but you can get the job done.

    Half the managers are young and inexperienced so you only learn what they know and that is not much at time. Becoming a young sales company with all the hiring of college grads.

    Most of the VP's are clowns and have a huge chip on their shoulder. They either worked up to that roll or came back after a quick ride at another company trying to bring in a fresh perspective. Never works and just preach the same old song and dance. Many people just hiding out and buying their time to move on to the next gig.

    Advancement can be a pain most of the time and your pay does not equal what others should get. Never understood why you move from inside to the field and they don't pay accordingly. They rather bring in someone from the outside and pay them more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So much advice to give that I don't really have time to write it all down. Start taking some stock in your employees as you have some good people who come and go. Most of the people staying are just lazy and looking for a meal ticket. The ones that leave go on and do some big things, but a few stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    opposite of a startup. Great for intern or recent graduate new to corporate world.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work/life balance, training, tolerance (age/ethnic/gender, seriously not just superficially). Benefits are excellent. location and food. Great for interns, because you get guidance and mentoring that you would not get a smaller company. Wide variety of people, so you can find friends here. It's a community unto itself.

    Cons

    Hierarchical, restrictive rules for example you can't just download and use software even for investigation/research purposes. This can cause inefficiencies. Sometimes can feel like a cog in a big machine, so I can see why people leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those of us who have been at a startup, appreciate the sometimes strongarm marketing that Oracle does. You're protecting us and the company! But sometimes day-to-day work is frustrating. Need to streamline the processes for the own Software Engineering staff, so we avoid wasting time (and company money) with workarounds and waiting for approvals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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