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Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
6,164 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Oracle can be a great place to work. However, it is a mixture of well-run and dysfunctional teams; choose wisely.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President of Business Development & Marketing in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President of Business Development & Marketing in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Solid company. Great benefits. Excellent brand recognition. If you are on a team that is well run and isn't faced with internal competition, you have the potential to work in a very collaborative environment where you will be challenged to contribute your best. Expectations are high, but the quality of talent around you is also high. The resources and tools around you are top-notch. You will learn and grow.

    Cons

    If you are in a group where there is either internal competition (such as multiple groups doing similar jobs) or a lack of a stable history (constant restructurings, name changes or leadership changes) you may be faced with heavy politics, people throwing others under the bus and a constant worrying of whether your job will continue to exist.

    Annual raises have been nonexistent for entire divisions over the last couple of years.

    Many people have left and returned to Oracle because that was the only way they would get their fair market value. The company has caught on to this and is heavily discouraging that practice.

    A manage-up culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disband overlapping job functions once and for all.
    Provide annual raises to your top 50% of employees.
    Continue providing excellent benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Really good.

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

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    -- good work environment
    -- good facilities

    Cons

    -- low bonus
    -- very less salary hike

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Oracle

    Pros

    Compensation, Opportunity
    Growth, Healthy company, Contacts

    Cons

    Aggressive environment, too many people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing technology talent, work-life balance , high-class marketing team

    Cons

    promotions , salary increase after joining

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider employee growth more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lot to be desired

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

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

    Pros

    Stable job, can spot good talent but it's becoming a rare commodity

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, poor leadership, lack of monetary incentives, difficult to get things done - all of this creates an environment that is unfit to foster innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in good leaders at the top and rest will follow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

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

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    • 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
  8.  

    Marketing Specialist - Marketing Cloud

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    • 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
  9.  

    Review

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

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

    Pros

    work-life balance: decent but depends on the team
    Good health benefits

    Cons

    Bonuses - non existent
    Employee Development or promotion - non existent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Senior Applications Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Good job
    Minimal work
    Nice work life balance
    Cool work environment

    Cons

    Need some more push to grow higher
    Roles changes are not defined
    Learning curve is slower
    Salary is industry average. Not very exciting
    Pool of talent is available but not explored to full

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

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

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    • 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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