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Updated July 1, 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. Helpful (154)

    Great benefits, good people, slow innovation, no raises

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst III (Support) in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst III (Support) in Denver, CO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Every group/division can be different in how they treat their employees, but I'd say overall there is very good atmosphere of trust and fairness. There is a strong focus on education, and they reimburse for outside classes taken (Up to 5k/year I think). Benefits are good, and I'd say quite competitive in the market. Good 401K matching (they'll contribute a max of 3% of your 6% or greater). Free drinks in the breakroom. Flexibility to work from home at times. (If you live 50+ miles away from an office you can work full-time from home...policy).

    Cons

    They don't try to make the workplace anything special (maybe a pool table and arcade game are cliche or gimmicky?). In the 10 years I've worked there, they've given 2 measly %1 cost of living raises (this is the same with most everyone I've spoken to, some don't get any raises). You will not get a substantial raise ever, unless you leave then get rehired on (they will not match offers, better to leave). New employees that you train will make 10 - 20K more than you several years after you hire on (not just me, they do this to all tenured employees). They will give these untrained, less experienced people higher titles (again this is done to everyone not just me). You learn pretty quickly that you're dispensable. The company has billions in cash and they don't re-invest in their employees, just in acquiring new companies and hiring new people that know nothing that you get to train.

    Advice to Management

    Relax on the multi-million dollar VP salaries and bonuses for a few years so that you can reinvest in your employees. It's obscene how a company will not try to retain it's employees who play the most pivotal part in bringing in the money that you horde from them.


  2. Helpful (9)

    Oracle- The good, bad and the Money

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products to sell, "industry leading" in many pillars. I work in HCM sales (HR applications) and the momentum is definitely picking up. My first year I almost doubled my OTE, the second year I am half way through the fiscal year and have already doubled my OTE.
    If you know what to do, and don't need ANY hand holding you're golden at Oracle. If you like hand holding, and for everything to not be self service Oracle is not for you.
    Otherwise go make your quota and you get to do whatever you want.
    *Oracle has insanely good health benefits

    Cons

    No hand holding, EVER. Onboarding? -Forget it
    It's trial by fire. If you know how ot run your own business and be your own manager then you are set to be successful at Oracle.
    Cold Calls- lots of them, unless you know how to run your business without doing any cold calls- highly unlikely. If you make cold calls and actually work you'll do great. Just got to make sure you leverage your time well and involve your team field/management early and often for the larger deals until you have enough at-bats to figure it out on your own.
    Everyone who doesn't do well at Oracle bad-mouths it at Oracle. Culture is overall bad. That said, I am not in sales for culture. I am in it for hte money. Oracle is a great place for that mind set.

    Advice to Management

    Less territory changes at the end of fiscal years. We lose a full month or so of time each fiscal year due to the inevitable changes.


  3. Helpful (4)

    It's a great place to work for the right personality

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Makes money
    Well managed
    Larry Ellison is still the majority share holder and that gives the company flexibility to react to the markets
    Good people
    Driven culture
    People work very hard

    Cons

    Increasing cuts to things like home internet reimbursement.
    Big company and big bureaucracy
    Hard to advance or get salary increases
    Sink or swim mentality for new employees

    Advice to Management

    Create better growth opportunities for employees. Oracle let's too much talent walk away. So many good companies have been started by ex-Oracle employees. This could be a good or bad thing.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Oracle

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

    I have been working at Oracle full-time

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

    Pros

    Global company. You can work from anywhere, with people from anywhere else. Hours usually flexible (depends on the job). Pretty good diversity. Generally good stability.

    Cons

    Oracle tends to be on the low side of salaries. You may need to be working at all hours to work with people scattered across the globe. Oracle tends to assume that people are interchangeable, rather than valuing individuals for individual skillsets.

    Advice to Management

    Stop assuming that a college hire in a low-cost country is as useful as an experienced employee. Loss of product knowledge gained over years is more costly than salary savings. Pay more competitive salaries.


  6. Software engineer intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems in 2010 to create the Santa Clara campus. It still enjoys a relaxed 'startup' atmosphere that contrasts from Oracle HQ. A car and housing is provided to each intern.

    Cons

    A Oracle Santa Clara, lunch and snacks are not provided and coffee is just okay. Oracle is a giant corporation in which work is not particularly creative, though this is a very stable company.


  7. Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and fun environment

    Cons

    Competitive and lots of turnover


  8. It is what it is.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at Oracle (Less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong brand and support.

    Cons

    Slow movement due to multiple hierarchies and lots of red tape.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Summary

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Director in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Stable company, good compensation - if you get in at right level.

    Cons

    You need to be part of a good group for your career to grow - pretty much same as any other huge company.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management layer needs attention.


  10. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for new college grads

    Cons

    None, nothing negative to say

    Oracle Response

    Jun 29, 2015Head of Global Recruitment Branding

    Thank you for sharing your feedback - we value the time you spent!


  11. software engineer

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

    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

    stable company , good benefits

    Cons

    large distributed development teams can complicate things.

    Advice to Management

    try to improve communication between teams working on same projects

    Oracle Response

    Jun 29, 2015Head of Global Recruitment Branding

    Excellent feedback - we will share this! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.



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