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Oracle Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
6,187 Reviews
3.3
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Could be much better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Developer II in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Developer II in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    - Work From Home (WFH) is nice. Everybody in my group works from home on average once a week
    - SPARC is an awesome architecture. Other products are equally innovative/complex
    - No layoffs
    - Good perks: free sodas, coffee, pool tables, ping pong tables in some buildings

    Cons

    - Not challenging enough. Company hires tons of NCGs so work is spread out, meaning that as an experienced engineer you dont do much. I guess this is a pro if you have a family or like time off.
    - No bonuses. Again, company focuses on hiring NCGs rather than giving raises.
    - Hard to move within the company. Jobs with more impact potential are usually taken by ppl with 10-15 yrs of experience. Not necessarily true in other big companies Ive worked for
    - Company is overwhelmingly biased towards hiring from one particular race (maybe cause most managers are from that race too?), at least in Santa Clara. This is a problem because there is a language barrier, most don't have good communication skills and know 60% english, at best. I always wondered how some of these engineers got through the interview process. Its shocking. I wouldnt be surprised if the interviews themselves were carried in their language. I am all about hiring ppl from any race (im monirity as well), but please make sure they know english and can communicate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire people based on merit, and communication skills. Managers tent to hire engineers of their own race.
    - Too much hiring of unexperienced engineers.
    - Provide more group/company wide social events

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tough environment

    • 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

    Pros

    Right place right time could lead to nice pay

    Cons

    Cutthroat, watch your back for a sale

  3.  

    The Company Looks Great on a Resume

    • 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

    Pros

    Benefits, employee Education, and flexibility with working environment.

    Cons

    Busy Work, bureaucracy, non-competitive salary, and lack of creativity in projects and company culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the number of meetings that require attendance. Make mandatory training material more appealing (or just get someone to voice it who isn't monotone). Get rid of busy work that is disguised as better organization and knowledge management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    High income potential, several roadblocks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Applications Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    High income potential, opportunity to move quickly within the company to fill positions.

    Cons

    You have to deal with some incompetent middle managers like most sales careers, & if you aren't handed a solid territory you're waiting until next year to make the kind of money you're expecting from interviews. Cold calling gets you almost no where in this position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into credentials of employees before sending off to manage others. If you aren't equipped with a feeling of responsibility to help those beneath you, you shouldn't be managing others. People are natural born leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Learning Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Applications Developer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Applications Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was my first job as software developer and I got a good exposure to different technologies.

    Cons

    Projects were always tight on deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Oracle is a very internally competitive company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  8.  

    Financially stable, large organization - no mobility upward or across

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Oracle has more cash than many small nations. I never worry that my paycheck will not clear.
    Large organization with lots of technology and smart people.

    Cons

    Shell game with compensation. Removing benefits (healthcare and otherwise) that significantly eat into salary.
    No advancement up or across.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work if your only concern is work-life balance.

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

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

    Pros

    Managers are usually pretty open if you want to work from home a few times a week. There is not much pressure coming from management in terms of work delivery and/or quality.

    Cons

    Oracle's appraisal process is a joke. Your promotion and salary raise don't depend on it at all. There's no clear path for career growth. No one knows for sure if there will be bonuses and/or stocks. Even if you have a top grade it does not mean that you'll have salary raise or bonus or stocks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve appraisal process and make it count.
    Implement 1-1 processes.
    Implement a clear path for career growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Marketing Specialist - Marketing Cloud

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Where you Work at Oracle (what division and team) is critical to your experience AS WELL as your manager. Some divisions are better to work for than others but it is critical you interview with your would-be manager and get a good idea what he/she is about and their expectations. One of the best things is that the benefits are some of the best I have seen in 15 years.

    Cons

    >A lot of "resting and vesting" - You will hear about the "80/20" real at Oracle. 20% of the people are doing 80% of the work while the other 80% are on a near permanent vacation.
    >Difficult to work between departments
    >Old, outdated computers/networking make it hard to keep up with more nimble companies using Saas-based working platforms
    >No bonuses
    >Difficult to move up unless you know the right people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to launch and go or join in the later years of your career; not so much for the in-between years.

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

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

    Pros

    - work/life balance
    - job security
    - remote employment supported and quite common
    - benefits
    - training
    - huge company so the variety of career paths available is wide open

    Cons

    Employee Retention, Growth and overall morale
    - raises are few and far between (years) and very low (1-2%)
    - bonuses are virtually non-existent (and again, very low)
    - all transfers are lateral (no promotion, no increase even when taking on greater responsibility after adding years of experience in your previous role).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Programs for employee retention, compensation reviews, performance based increases & bonuses, and "real" promotions are desperately needed.

    Oracle serves as a great launch pad for those entering the job market (Oracle invests time and expense of training/mentoring promising talent just to have them jump ship after 1-2 years in search of fair compensation and reward) - or - as a great place for those at the end of their career path who are just seeking job security and waiting out their retirement.

    There is no incentive, no energy, no spark to cultivate loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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