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Updated July 28, 2015
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Oracle CEO's Safra A. Catz & Mark Hurd
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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. Featured Review

    Excellent place to work

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

    I have been working at Oracle full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment, lots of opportunity, strong management, excellent benefits and fair pay.

    Cons

    Large company. If you like a small company, probably not the place for you.


  2. Helpful (177)

    Great benefits, good people, slow innovation, no raises

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (24)

    Strong positives, strong negatives

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

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a big company, and it varies quite a bit by job/org, but... - Great work environment, with lots of good people who are working hard. It's a good place to learn about the industry and your job role. - Good benefits (insurance, 401(k), etc., are all fine). - Lots of flexibility. Working from home is limited, but pretty common. Managers (mine in particular) don't micromanage.

    Cons

    - Pay is flat out not competitive for most jobs. That's the reason why 50% of college graduate hires are gone after 18 months. Raises are tiny and not guaranteed. If you want to excel, go somewhere else. - Onboarding process is a joke. Most jobs have no training, because no one is in charge of training. - Along those lines, if it isn't assigned to someone, it doesn't get done. Oracle is like the former USSR--centrally planned, with only a chosen few making decisions, and endless bureacracy for everyone else. It is the opposite of an empowering culture.

    Advice to Management

    I get that the choice to pay people below market wages is deliberate. But your calculations are wrong--you're wasting money by having to replace people over and over. The longer people go with below market salaries, the more likely above average talent is to leave. After a few years, the only people who are sure to still be there are the dead weight.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Poor salary and benefits, great flexibility

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Oracle

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility and work-life balance. Opportunity to work with some very senior and experienced engineers.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits way below market standards. Haven't seen a bonus in over 3 years. Very slow to make changes in product and stay up to date with latest technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the red-tape to hire faster. Offer competitive salaries to hire good talent and keep existing talent.


  6. Helpful (16)

    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.


  7. great Place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work life - and work life

    Cons

    Quarter-end stress - Dealing with partners

    Advice to Management

    Having an awesome manager makes all the differnce


  8. Helpful (1)

    Senior Software Development Manager

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

    I have been working at Oracle

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for in terms of work life balance and benefits

    Cons

    Limited professional growth; Limited opportunities to diverge in other areas

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employee development


  9. Sales

    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with and any executive at Oracle will help you in your sales cycle you just need to ask.

    Cons

    Territories are small which means you have to work lower probability deals that you typically would pass on.

    Advice to Management

    Continue executing on the bigger cloud solution. Empower your UI teams to deliver a simple integrated UI across all the solutions.


  10. Good place to start

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

    Pros

    Great sales training program and competitive compensation. Best in class company with solid reputation and products that are best in breed

    Cons

    Work can be somewhat monotonous and boring. Huge product variety and it is difficult to understand the ins and outs of many products - very technical.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, keep investing in young talent and growth. Relax the work environment a little bit and work to build a younger, more loose culture


  11. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Solution Manager/Project Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Solution Manager/Project Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Oracle (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good work-life balance. Very knowledgeable team members and opportunity to learn

    Cons

    nothing i can think of

    Advice to Management

    keep going !!!



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