Oracle Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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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. 89 people found this helpful

    Great benefits, good people, slow innovation, no raises

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Not for everyone but right for many

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    A work from home culture, lots of opportunities to move laterally around. Good work/life balance. You get the "I work at Oracle" credit. For the size of the company, it is very dynamic and fast paced. Its influence is vast and its impact is formidable. It can take the hits that cause most business to fail, and not only keep going, but it come back stronger than before. Great employee alumni - many folk leave and come back like they never left, but in a better position so it can be a job for life if you dont burn bridges.

    Cons

    "Oracle" is "Oracle - so Its a bit like working for the government in that Its one brand - there is good, great, bad and ugly on all levels, in many pockets but to the outside World it gets tainted with the same brush which is usually the worst brush. And just like the government there are sweeping changes every year which make little sense to many. You have to become old school Oracle to get ahead in Oracle beyond a certain point. You have to learn how to be great while having one hand tied behind your back and standing on one leg, as it takes 10x as long to do 1/2x the job anywhere else, to get 1/3x of the result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting and start listening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Oracle just bought Micros; this is more of a review of the Micros GBU.

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    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Implementation Specialist in Louisville, KY

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

    Pros

    Management at the Louisville and corporate offices are very flexible and understanding about employees' extenuating circumstances. Lots of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    We're expected to learn how to do our jobs on the job. Received VERY limited training. So far, Oracle has not been very timely or clear on explaining their operations to their new Micros employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more clear, concise instructions. Through the transition, it hasn't been communicated to my district office what our new responsibilities and job duties are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Great benefits, perks and flexibility.

    Cons

    Minimal raises and stagnant ladder.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Some opportunities provided you find the right team

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    Current Employee - Consulting Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Consulting Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Good family-work balance, benefits, mobility. Some engineers are top-notch. The company is so big and the technology stack is so wide, that you can apply pretty much find a job in any area you like.

    Cons

    many engineers are just cruising, difficult to push the agenda. You'll face a lot of not-invented-here attitude. Pay increases are minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Approve new initiatives, be more agile, and let engineers build-up non-Oracle technologies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Sales

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    Current Employee - TSM
    Current Employee - TSM

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

    Pros

    Best solutions in their market space, best sales team support tools in the industry

    Cons

    A very big ship - takes time to learn the ropes. Lots of help available but harder to access if you are a remote employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many non-sales types giving "advice" to sales pros. Finance folks don't belong in sales cycles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Oracle

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    Close to where I live, flexible hours, great gym feet from my office. Very bike
    friendly, I bring it right into my office. Interesting technology.

    Cons

    Large company, often strange architectural decisions made by people in upper management.
    Compensation is minimal. It is not uncommon for an engineer to go many years without a raise.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. Operations Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Oracle has a flexible work environment.

    Cons

    Oracle has a "self service culture" where you need to figure out a lot of information / process on your own.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Challenging yet rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Compensation has always driven behavior.

    Cons

    Equally, behavior has always been driven by compensation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Oracle Sales Rep

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Fast paced work place with great training, benefits and compensation

    Cons

    None pretty great place to progress your career

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