Oracle Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good overall experience

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Opportunities to pick up challenging projects
    2) Friendly work atmosphere
    3) Surprisingly competitive salary and good work life balance

    Cons

    1) Old school style promotions based on years of work
    2) University recruiting is selective, but experienced professional level recruiting is not
    3) steep management hierarchies

    Advice to Management

    Cut red-tape

  2. You Don't Want to Work at Oracle

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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)

    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

  3. A company that used to be a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Product Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is very good. In fact, at Oracle you are not worried about making ends meet, and can instead concentrate on doing a great job. That is, if you land in a good department with a good leader. The company has a great brand, so looks awesome on the resume.

    Cons

    Most unfortunately if you land in a bad department, you will then get mushroom management (put them in a dark place, feed them garbage, watch them grow). if you are stuck with a manager that excels on 'kiss up kick down' approach, then the only way is to leave, because there is no scrutiny on how you are treated.

    Advice to Management

    Use modern techniques to monitor your managements. if 7 out of 12 people leave in a space of 6 months after a manager is appointed, it should trigger an alarm. employees should not feel that they have no influence on the success of a product and are the first victim of its failing. They should not feel that they have no protection against mistreatment and abuse by their managers, or you will end up with people that have no other place to go. Please, you have every possibility to remedy that. it is a shame to be the poster child of all that is bad about corporate world.

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  5. Helpful (5)

    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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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Oracle is a traditional company with not so great compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Applications Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Applications Engineer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    The working environment is relatively relaxed.

    Cons

    The compensation is low compared to other big companies in north CA.

  7. Great company to work for if you are self motivated

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

    I have been working at Oracle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Significant push into Cloud, lots of technology to work with, smart people

    Cons

    unnecessary politics, sometimes too many meetings

    Advice to Management

    Develop and empower talent

  8. Good training, fantastic opportunity fresh out of college

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance - Will never be asked to work more than 40 hours

    Cons

    Easy to feel lost in large corporate culture

    Advice to Management

    Offer more product training to your junior reps

  9. Reasonable work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Exposure to new software technology.
    Reasonable work/life balance.

    Cons

    average salary - no raises, bonus, or stock options.
    average benefits - only 18 vacation days per year.

    Advice to Management

    provide more financial incentives like raises, bonus, and stock options.

  10. Great place to learn and grow

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

    I worked at Oracle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart, hard working people to learn from. Great Brand name that is good for your resume. Can make a career since company is so large - ca move into different roles

    Cons

    Used to be a better place to work when it was smaller. Has become much more political and bureaucratic over time

    Advice to Management

    Need to consider that there are too many bureaucrats with non value programs just to keep themselves busy.

  11. Well controlled (atmospherically) workplace.

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

    I have been working at Oracle

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

    Pros

    Wonderful when you're loved by beautiful teammates. Its nice when minimums are met. I think we've all been there.

    Cons

    You want to avoid picking these up when driving by prisons, euphamistically speaking. Achieve this and all goals -- negative or otherwise -- can be reached.

    Advice to Management

    Webfarming is the future, embrace it.

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