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Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
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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.  

    Senior Applications Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    A great company for you are not very ambitious

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Provides a good work life balance

    Cons

    Very slow growth, only very few small growing teams can offer a decent growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to have a happy, satisfied staff for getting good quality products out of the door. Well paid management with underpaid engineers would never result in great products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
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    20th century company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Great place to learn
    Select areas have smart people

    Cons

    -Bureaucratic, manage up mentality
    -Teams operate as tribes, in silos within each empire
    -Takes years to get acquainted with the ecosystem and key people, leadership is out of reach.
    -Highly complicated internal processes
    -Higly user unfriendly internal processes - takes long for new employees to ramp-up; internal technologies used are archaic in places.
    - Performance appraisal system is iffy - employees can go for years without bonuses or salary raises despite healthy corporate performance, employees known to get title promotions without salary raises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are the best advocates of your company - treat them well

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Biased Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great perks, especially for a recent college graduate
    Good salary
    Looks good on resume

    Cons

    They appear to exclusively hire people from the Greek system in terms of the recent college graduate pool.
    Really push sales

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so biased

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The DMV of IT

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

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

    Pros

    Relative stability. Ability to move around the company, and work in multiple locations. Flexible work-at-home for many areas.

    Cons

    Little chance of promotion. Few pay raises (it's not uncommon to go 4 or 5 years without a raise I am told). Aging technology. Mind-numbingly slow processes to get the simplest of things done. Most software development oving to India. Focus is on acquisitions, not product .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am not sure what middle management can honestly do to change a culture which is so deeply embedded. Upper management might leverage the many good engineers they have (many brought on through acquisitions, as I was) and develop new products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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