Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
5,937 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 844 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 372 reviews)


Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 111 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 150 reviews)

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  1.  

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, work/life balance

    Cons

    Extremely corporate, far too many people, processes, nothing ever simple to accomplish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to keep good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Oracle

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Talented People, stable large company

    Cons

    Compensation increase does not meed inflation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A hard place to stay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President, Engineering in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President, Engineering in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    very talented people on many levels. good benefits.

    Cons

    centralized top-down management with high degree of politics and in-fighting. getting a budget is meaningless, almost all decisions are reviewed by every level of management to CEO. Red tape. Lots of enemies on the outside. Engineers are prevented from trying non-Oracle innovative technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less micro management, less greed at the top (and I am not talking about Larry), be more generous to engineering talent. get rid of co-presidents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    It all depends where your at!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great, no micro managing, and access to lots of senior people. But I'm in a unique position which allows that. I have a boss that give me autonomy, and support from senior leaders to act in the best interest of my program.

    Cons

    The internal bureaucracy is horrible. Internal systems such as expense reporting, procurement, tech support, and any other system for employees is garbage. Employee apps are crap, and internal software is dated and not intuitive. Compensation is slightly below average for tech companies, but not for other Fortune 500's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the internal system, don't make it so hard for the rank and file to get help. Use our own commercial products to help make employees more productive. Give raises, treat your people like you want them to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Current orcl review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting projects both hw and sw.

    Cons

    Giant company with policy and rules that come with large companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Oracle as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was a very relaxed environment that allowed you to have space to breath, explore, and be creative.

    Cons

    The kinds of people who work here aren't necessarily motivated to create the next Google.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    fun to work and flexible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    flexible hours good work personal life balance

    Cons

    low pay and motivation, old fashioned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    gear up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience, but not the right company culture for me.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great training program, the opportunity to work at a Fortune 500 company and meet an amazing network of peers and industry veterans.

    Cons

    Having no say in what LOB or team you fell under. This turned out to be a nail in the coffin for me, as I ended up under a sub-par manager. There was limited horizontal movement at the time due to the intense hiring round they were pursuing, so leaving was my best option.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to the voices of all these new hires. You wanted us to change the culture at Oracle, but unless you listen to our thoughts about what can improve, this process can never take place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Look elsewhere

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

    I worked at Oracle as a contractor (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Career Growth

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

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. If you are lucky, you will find great people to work with.

    Cons

    No Career Growth
    Poor Compensation/No Pay hikes for years
    No scope to change teams unless you have contacts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut down on the redundant management roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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