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Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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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.  

    Positive experience but it depends a lot on your group...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Principal User Experience Designer in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    - Flexible hours
    - Flexible work location
    - If you are interested in learning about/working with other groups you can make that happen

    Cons

    - bonuses virtually non existent
    - no shuttle
    - no option for MAC's, it will be a PC

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Too big to really Judge

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work from Home, training (anything you want to learn you can learn).

    Cons

    Siloed, if you came over as an acquisition you sort of stay an independent group within the larger organization. Although this could be a Pro for some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see some diversity, limited ethnics in mid to upper level management outside of Indian/Asians.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    You can make a Decent Living in Sales IF you exceed your sales numbers

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Making money, building your credibility internally. Also, being a successful Oracle salespeople is regarded positively in the rest of the industry ie If you 'make your bones' at Oracle, you will likely find more doors opened to you with other tech companies.

    Cons

    High pressure in sales: if you are a Hunter-Killer, you won't mind the relentless emphasis to exceed your quarterly numbers as much. If you prefer to focusing mostly on your own success, you'll be rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother? That's like trying to teach a pig to sing. Oracle leadership does what it does, has become what it is, and there is no pressing financial gain to changing the way Oracle treats its people. Product first, people third.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Big company with great benefits, less meaningful work

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    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and stable progression. You knew what was coming as long you put your work in. Great transparency on promotions. Free gym and pool. Food was not free but still very good in the cafeteria. Flex time allowed to work at home or in the office. Remote work was actually preferred unless you wanted a desk. Company was very eco-minded.

    Cons

    Work was not meaningful and you didn't get to see your individual contribution towards a larger picture. Thing took 2-3 weeks to turnaround which is typical for a company of this size.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Oracle

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

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable environment to work in but also, interesting as new acquisitions and additions to the portfolio open up new opportunities, challenging because you can be intellectually challenged.

    Cons

    High Pressure where it feels like you have no family life, but the biggest issue is no pay raises or promotions except on rare occasions so if you're joining Oracle make sure the compensation is something you can live with for some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture good performers - promotions and/or pay raises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working at Oracle was a positive growth experience and helped lay the foundation for a career in sales.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Oracle has a solid training program and encourages active involvement in managing your own career path.

    Cons

    In a large company it's sometimes difficult to feel like your voice is being heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on encouraging and mentoring your young rising stars and provide incentives and bonuses to keep your best new talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Poor Compensation, everyone fights for projects, not a lot to do

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Product Consultant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Consultant in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Product Consultant in San Bruno, CA

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

    Pros

    As a large company, it has a lot of resources, the management is good, smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Benefits are not great, less paid time off

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

    The DMV of IT

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 a 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
  11.  

    relaxed place to work in

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

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

    Pros

    Have lots of spare time, work on simple projects

    Cons

    projects are not interesting at all, people are coming around lunch time and leave around 5:00pm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    come up with something to boost employees' passion for work

    Approves of CEO

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