Oracle Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Pros
  • In my team I have great work life balance (in 870 reviews)

  • Flexibility to work from home at times (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. Helpful (6)

    Poor salary and benefits, great flexibility

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility and work-life balance. Opportunity to work with some very senior and experienced engineers.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits way below market standards. Haven't seen a bonus in over 3 years. Very slow to make changes in product and stay up to date with latest technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the red-tape to hire faster. Offer competitive salaries to hire good talent and keep existing talent.


  2. Office Space lives

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Cupertino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oracle (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people, great name to be associated with

    Cons

    I had eight bosses, one level less in tune with reality than the next

    Advice to Management

    redo the intermal support processes from top to bottom


  3. Helpful (1)

    Oracle Microelectronics - Hardware Engineer

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Competitive starting salary for the first 2 yrs along with the flex credits and 401k matching. RSUs instead of stock options starting 2015. 2. Good place to get your US status. 3. Decent training ground for the NCGs for the first 2-3 yrs. Quite a few talented/experienced engineers you can learn from. Work on the latest technology/tools. 4. Overall good work life balance. Stable job. A few managers/groups will make your life miserable. 5. Nice campus environment. Nice gym/sports groups. 6. Brand recognition on the resume.

    Cons

    1. No bonus. No salary raise at least for the first 2-3 yrs. When promotion comes, salary increases by at most ~5-6%). After 4-5 yrs, your salary will be significantly below the market standard. Other benefits if any are average to poor, ie. ESPP. 2. NCGs are paid higher than the senior engineers (offers increase by ~$3-4k each yr while the salary of the seniors stays flat), due to Oracle's global talent strategy of capitalizing on fresh talents for their first 4 yrs, after which you're irrelevant to the company. 3. Not a fertile environment for top talents and innovations, mainly due to the management who tends to reward obedience rather than performance. 4. Lacks diversity. ~ 25% of the NCGs each yr come from the same school with similar background. 5. Rarely can return after leaving the company. Asked to sell all stocks/options after you leave. All benefits stop on your last day. 6. No unshared office space for NCGs. Food quality and cost in the cafe is average. 7. Sensitive Intergroup politics. Moving between groups is rare if not impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the NCGs: pursue new opportunities after 3-4 yrs, unless you're being promoted every 2 yrs. Advice to the seniors: your salary/benefit is about 50% below the market. Unless you're satisfied with where you're now, otherwise, It's a dead end. Advice to the management: recruiting is hard (unless from a single school) so retain talents.


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  5. Software quality Engineer

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Oracle (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great flexibility and work-life balance

    Cons

    not great salary and benefits


  6. Review on short serving period

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    Current Employee - Supplier Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Supplier Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, encouraging healthy life, good work life balance and good compensation. The campus has a lot of clubs running different programs to keep the employees motivated and healthy.

    Cons

    It is totally Old School, and innovations does not play a big role here, atl east on the management side. Employees have been serving roles for close to 10 yeras average and it might need a re organization to promote new thinking


  7. Ok

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oracle full-time

    Pros

    Share some reasons to work for Oracle

    Cons

    Share some downsides of working for Oracle

    Advice to Management

    Give more pay, give more pay, give more pay


  8. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company and is doing ok. Work is good and time is flexible.

    Cons

    Can get lost in the shuffle. Company runs on the cheap side when it comes to employees. Oracle would rather give a bonus instead of a raises that way they do not have to commit to the same money the next year. However, I haven't seen either one for a while and don't know why. Reviews coming late or non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Your falling behind on employee benefits. Management not giving any reasons to be passionate about the work or company.


  9. So-So

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Event Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Former Contractor - Event Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oracle as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big name, nice people for the most part

    Cons

    Have to pay for your own food, they claim it is discounted but its still pretty pricey. Lots of EAs will email only in subject line-not very personal.


  10. Principal Product Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Being able to work remote is great for my work life balance.

    Cons

    No cons to speak of


  11. Good so far.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oracle (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Telecommuting, good pay, mostly secure and stable company to work for.

    Cons

    Quite a lot of Bureaucracy. Slow to change. Very minimal to no raises.



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