Oracle Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 833 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 371 reviews)


Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 111 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 150 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worst place in the world to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer III in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are no pros. I wish I could give it zero stars. I hated every moment of working there. The bosses were mean, the hours long, the pay not enough, and everybody's attitude was so negative.

    Cons

    They just don't care. People don't take pride in their work, they don't encourage each other, there is lots of back-stabbing, and lots of inappropriate, childish behavior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves as bring in some real managers who know what they're doing and know how to run a large company. Get a clue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    If you don't care how your customers are treated, take a job at Oracle!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Solution Marketing in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Applications Solution Marketing in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    They pay Sales Reps very well, so if you work hard and don't mind being looked down upon by your co-workers or customers, go for it. This of course depends on the territory you are given which is all determined by how well you are able to negotiate up front with management. Beware an open territory though!

    Cons

    There are no morals or ethics and reps back stab each other at every turn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put split agreements in place early and often or do not engage in the deal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    extremely poor growth & pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    good work culture & work life balance

    Cons

    negligible growth in terms of salary.
    very poor rewards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Where marketing careers go to die

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

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

    Pros

    - flexible about work location

    Cons

    - the culture flows downhill. so arrogant jerks abound throughout the organization, and the higher you go in the org, the bigger the egos and arrogance level.
    - marketing is not valued by C-level execs
    - marketing is based on executive whim and point tactics, with no strategy behind it.
    - senior management provides NO direction about goals, expectations, job responsibilities.
    - career advancement is almost nonexistent, and based on brown nosing ability, not talent, contribution, delivered results, or demonstrated skills.
    - HR openly admits that if you've been at Oracle longer than 3 years, you are compensated under market rate.
    - raises are almost nonexistent, and bonuses are even more scarce, even when the company is making record profits. ALL raise and bonus pool goes to senior management, with almost NOTHING trickling down below a VP level.
    - nasty politics make nice people do weird things, so you can trust no one.
    - there are no HR processes in place, so don't expect to have clear goals or measurement, and good luck getting any sort of feedback on performance, annual goals.
    - no training for management, so there are people at upper levels who are bullies and tyrants. And there is no process to provide input about your manager because they don't have a 360 talent review process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all C-level and VP level marketing, and replace them with people who know how to create a unified marketing strategy, communicate it to their teams, and build organizational structures that support the strategy and set up your employees for success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    If you've been acquired by these guys, beware......

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

    I have been working at Oracle full-time

    Pros

    It's a paycheck.....but for how long?

    Cons

    Acquisitions are treated like second class citizens. Raises, bonuses, promotions are all reserved for "real" employees. Attrition is high (10%) and is expected. Groups will shrink as a result with no back-fill, but are expected to continue to develop and support their products. If this takes working 12-14hr days and over weekends, that's fine with these guys. Morale is quite low here, but management doesn't care. Management (exec level) goes so far as to tell their entire org in all-hands meetings "if you don't like it here you're welcome to leave".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your employees like fodder. Treat them like professionals, ask their opinions, and ask them what they want to accomplish in their career. Throwing bodies at problems with no regards for what an individual may want (or not want) to do is a sure way to lose quality, experienced personnel. Employ a 360 degree feedback program so employees can rate their management so you can start to identify where the problems are. There is some very poor management here and you need to either provide them with some guidance or get rid of them if you expect to improve overall morale and job satisfaction for the rest of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    All work but no pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleagues.
    Full technology stack to explore.
    Work from home - but now wfh had become a problem since there's nothing like non work hours now...

    Cons

    - no hike, bonus
    - people who deliver are rewarded with more work but no perks.
    - management expects 200% output from underpaid engineers. Understaffed.
    - excellent colleagues but everyone is so overburdened that people hardly have time to interact with each other.
    - politics and blame games in desperation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are smart people running this company. Their have been several internal surveys but things have gone from bad to worst. I don't think they care for advice from their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very bad salaries for Support Groups, and for years they will not do any appraisals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Training Manager in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    There is no best reason to work here.

    Cons

    Work is heavy, when people will leave for paid less, they will not recruit new people and the work burden will be put on to the person who is left in the group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no such type of support

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Staff Consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Working in a cubical farm gives you lots of free time, flexible working hours. It allows you time to work on side projects and work from home when needed.

    Cons

    The job is not challenging at all. Getting a raise or moving up in the company is an utopia. Culture less and boring place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get excited or quit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    If you like working in the dark and changing targets mid quarter then this is the place for you!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Training, work-life balance, people you work with

    Cons

    You don't get your accounts and targets until mid quarter. Fun fact: we still don't have our targets for this quarter (one month into this quarter).

    Your targets might change completely mid-quarter with no warning, rendering all work you put down useless.

    Organization is unstructured and chaotic, and no one really knows what's going on.

    125% cap on targets, and if new PPI's goes through it could be impossible for some reps to reach 125%, it's all about having the right product and the right field reps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NEVER change targets in the middle of the quarter, it seriously makes people angry and demoralizes people.
    PLEASE give us our targets and accounts in the beginning of the quarter!
    You are going to lose a lot of talent this way. But I guess your competitors are grateful as you'll lose your top performers in no time...

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Oracle Culture - Not friendly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consulting Director
    Former Employee - Consulting Director

    I worked at Oracle full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    In my opinion the level of expertise and deep product knowledge is exceptional. If you are looking to not be the smartest guy in the room then you can check that one off.

    Cons

    The culture is stifling. There in NO collaboration across BUs and if you are not a long time Oracle person then you have to earn your credibility at every turn in the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up lines of communication that allow of information to freely flow to all BUs and not to be compartmentalized within a single area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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