Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 805 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 361 reviews)


Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 110 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 145 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great pay and work experience

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    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    The pay was great, I negotiated a decent salary when I was hired. The work experience was good too. Expectations were very high and if you didn't perform well you were let go.

    Cons

    Management seemed to retain the 9 to 5'ers instead of the 110% people. They let the hard workers burn themselves out and then laid them off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great, Good, Bad, Awful. Don't stay too long at Oracle or it will crush your mind, your soul, your spirits!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A good company to learn Oracle-only technologies. But the longer you stay there the worst it will be...

    Cons

    - Promotions are based on "performance reviews" that mean nothing to your manager if you don't have a good relationship with him/her. You can have a 5 for several reviews and still go nowhere career wise.
    - There are 7-9 levels of management above your position, which translates to a nightmare when anyone tries to do anything innovative or even beneficial to the company. It takes months to get anything approved, implemented, and tested, from IT to dev.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring micro-managers who think that their goal in life is to question everything you do.
    Empower your employees to do their work.
    Make your middle and upper managers more accountable to the company goals instead of creating their own fiefdom and operate as if it was their company and they can do anything they want to their underlings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't expect a raise!!!!

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    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Analyst  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Stong company, good benefits, No fear for a take over.

    Cons

    No raises in 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how you decisions affects employee's families. You took the working from home perk away. Havent seen a raise in 5 years. Now with after school day care and commute expenses, I've taken a pay decrease! Also when your support group earns $2 Billion per month, you can share some of the wealth!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid tech company with solid technology, applications solutions, transitioning to meet current trends to reduced Cap-ex

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Solution Architect  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Solution Architect in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of technology innovation. Huge focus on the more profitable technology solutions. Diverse customer base. Huge portfolio of good, relevant technologies to build solutions from.

    Cons

    Little on-going investment in growing employees.
    Too much middle management.
    No real career path
    Slow going in terms of promotions. Growth might sometimes be inversely proportional to tenure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Great team, solid company. Very creative, interesting people. Very supportive upper management. Lots of opportunity to make a impact on the work you do. Intense work environment but a good work life balance. Can work from home often

    Cons

    Raises are rare, fairly structured environment. Very little training. Sink or swim culture. Can be a tough place if you are not self motivated. Lots of layers of red tape to get some basic things accomplished

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More room for advancement would help keep the good people here a lot longer no one really wants to leave but they leave for a better salary

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best organization to work for

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    very stable job, good benefits, management is very competent, plenty of chances to innovate and grow, flexible working hours, good atmosphere, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    too many levels of approvals required to get things done, interview process is not very strict so sometime incompetent people gets in and slows everyone down

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a great experience working at Sun Micro systems, Inc.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    It was a big company but had a culture of small start up.

    Cons

    work life balance was challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it more flexible work environment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Good

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    none that I can think off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging work in relaxed environment

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    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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work-life balance is achievable here. Promotions very hard to get.

    Cons

    Salary hike - very little, peanuts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dynamic work environment with some challenges

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director Marketing  in  Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director Marketing in Redwood City, CA

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

    Pros

    Oracle is a market leader with a huge portfolio of products and service offerings. Lots of areas of opportunities for those who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and work hard. Great selection of health benefits.

    Cons

    As a result of Oracle's acquisition spree over the last 10 years, the organization is a confusing maze and the systems are cobbled together. It is very hard to get some things done. Informal and very proactive networking is the only way to navigate this massive company. There is also a lot of disparity in salaries and titles. Those who have been with Oracle a long time are often penalized and have not received raises in years. As a result it is not uncommon for a manager to have someone in his or her organization who reports to someone who reports to him/her that makes nearly double and has a grander title. There is very little career development. It is up to the individual to look for opportunities and go after them in order to get ahead. It is also very hard to motivate employees without incentives such as raises, bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more. Communicate more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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