Oracle Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Emerging Markets Tech Cloud Associate Sales Representative

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    Current Employee - Associate Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Oracle

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are all really amazing, smart, ambitious and young. They're the number one reason I come into work. Another benefit is the endless amount of resources at this company. You can schedule one-on-ones or white boarding sessions with some really talented engineers. Also, really solid benefits (i.e. health, vision, dental, etc.)

    Cons

    The CRM system to track your customers is horrible. There is ZERO culture. Middle management is almost always very inexperienced with how to successfully manage a team. There is no transparency at all on ANYTHING. The director of my own pillar doesn't even know where the direction of my team is going. The pay is so incredibly non-competitive for the industry, region and position.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage your people. Pick up a self-help book and read something.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Not what you think

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oracle Direct Sales Account Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Oracle Direct Sales Account Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    -Great name on resume
    -Great training

    Cons

    -Luck is number one reason for success and not hard work/skill
    -dumb luck is rewarded
    - pay is low

    Advice to Management

    -Relax about everything and help the intelligent hard worker get the spotlight

  3. Senior Member Technical staff

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    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Oracle

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some people are really smart and hard working.

    Cons

    Immigration and green card process is horrible and pathetic. Layoff's effect the PERM process and 50% of cases are audited.
    No salary hike and little bonus.
    Over a period it appears that we are stuck and out dated and do not move with the industry .

    Advice to Management

    Be dynamic and be proactive in taking decisions.

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  5. You Don't Want to Work at Oracle

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Better than water boarding
    Great place to work if you're Larry Ellison - too bad if you're not

    Cons

    No culture
    Low salaries
    Abysmal management
    Good place to kill your career

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating the employees like they're disposable
    Raise salaries to market rates - stop taking advantage of loyal, long term employees. Share some of the wealth instead of giving it all to Larry
    Bring back corporate employee events to build morale

  6. Helpful (5)

    Poor Compensation, everyone fights for projects, not a lot to do

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like working in a silo, on boring projects, then this place is for you.
    If you like making everyone at the VP and above level rich, while you sweat away worrying about your job, then Oracle is definitely for you.
    Time off -unlimited sick leave.
    Great Gym.

    Cons

    1. Poor compensation, no raises, or bonuses in years.
    2. Employees are VERY dispensable- they remind you of this all the time
    3. Can't put up a wreath or Christmas tree, even for a party (was told we would be fired if we did so as it would offend others in the company that are not Christians)
    4. No career growth
    5. They bought PeopleSoft to cause confusion in the marketplace and squash the competition.
    6. We had to buy our own office supplies and pay for them out of pocket because we were not allowed to order them through Oracle.
    7. If you give a two weeks notice, be prepared to be walked out 1/2 hour later and all compensation and benefits cut off same day.
    8. Ruthless culture (it comes down from the top)
    9. Cafeteria is awful, high priced, and caters to only one nationality (in Pleasanton).
    10. Managers and directors who are not technical, and keep getting promoted without having the abilities to manage others.
    11. People leave left and right and they can't backfill those positions. They really do not care about attrition rates. It just means it's one less person to pay.
    12. Slow technology that is antiquated.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees as they are the ones making Oracle wealthy.
    Don't promote people just because they kiss up.
    Try to retain your employees. A little bit of niceness and perks goes a long way. It's not good to have a manager tell you that you are lucky to have a job. Treat employees with respect.
    Many people are leaving for better opportunities at your competitors. The compensation packages are great elsewhere. Oracle is wealthy and makes billions each quarter. You can definitely afford to give raises and bonuses.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Huge disappointment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a technology Mecca to learn new things, engineers are very smart but unfortunately these engineers are not recognized since the directors, senior directors, VPs are dead weight in this company since they have no clue on what’s going on. These mid-level management are all concerned about their survival hence the politics overshadows the individual contributors.

    Cons

    This is one of the worst companies ever I worked for. They keep acquiring companies and has been disastrous in integrating them. This company has the worst culture ever and people are identified based on the company from where they come, people in Oracle never embrace the new people who come onboard when their existing company gets bought over by Oracle. There is no recognition or bonus or raises for last couple years, the middle mangement (director to all the way up) are filled with bunch of morons and idiots who has no clue on the company’s direction or strategy. Mid-level Management is bloated.

    Advice to Management

    Do a house cleaning and fire those under performing mid-level management guys who are unfit to be in the organization. Technically a VP and a Senior Director does the same job of pushing envelop from one table to other, why pay them so much.. It is OK to layoff people and recognizing those engineers who really work hard.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Where marketing careers go to die

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Look elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Recruiting Coordinator in Redwood City, CA
    Former Contractor - Recruiting Coordinator in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Oracle as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with were approachable and helpful. The campus is pretty and the food is really good.

    Cons

    Management in the college recruiting team is either absent and/or inept. The work environment is very critical and negative, new hire training is a joke and most perm employees do everything they can to avoid being accountable or doing their jobs. The recruiters seem nice but complain about each other behind their backs which makes you wonder what they are saying about you. You can't trust anyone here. There is a huge lack of leadership and respect for all the people in the office who are really doing the work. The best employees are not the ones in charge and this creates a lot of resentment. Most people I got to know here were unhappy and looking to find a new job.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in the office so you can see how things really are. Reward the best employees, not the people who are kissing up to you.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Glad I am Gone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone knows Oracle so you do not have to spend time convincing a prospect your company's doors will be open in 12 months

    Cons

    Everyone knows Oracle and most customers can't stand the Company and its Founder Chief Larry.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your customers and respect your employees.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Worst experience

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

    I worked at Oracle full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can not seem to remember any

    Cons

    Oracle hired me and didn't help much in relocating me from Dallas to CA. anyway i still went ahead and spend money from my pocket on relocation and then they decided to close the team i joined within 2 month and layoff everyone including me.. it was one of the worst thing a company can do .. just hire and then immediately layoff. and talk about severance package it was one of worst package i have ever heard or seen.. just 4 weeks for salary and layoff was like they send a over night fedex package with all the details..

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