Oracle Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 833 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 371 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.  

    Hardware Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Developer II in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Developer II in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    very good work life balance. friendly environment and culture. many experienced engineers to work with

    Cons

    incentive is bad. promotion more depends on your work years compared to performance. old employees' compensation is not so good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give more opportunity and incentive to young and new hires

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work and grow your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    - Great management that lets you work on your preferred areas
    - good work atmosphere

    Cons

    - Growth seems to be by seniority and number of years worked there as opposed to how well you perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to experiment with giving deserving employees growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Working Environment

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

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

    Pros

    Pleasant Working environment. Good cooperation between teams. Interesting projects and talented people. Good work/life balance. Excellent opportunities for college grads from Ivy league colleges.

    Cons

    Weak compensation. No official communication about bonuses and raises. No formal bonus process established. Vacation 18 days, no opportunities for a sabbatical.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    good work life balance in company

    Cons

    More transparency needed in terms of build cycles and overal product developement

  6.  

    Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice job environment. Friendly people around. Good communication within the groups and between the groups. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    I worked in a development group. The work was mostly straightforward implementation and development related. They were following routine tasks, simulations and tests.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nasty environment....espcially for women

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Technology Sales Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Great pay, flexible with travel expenses, top engineers, best and the brightest

    Cons

    you compete with your team members, a male culture, unless your direct sales engineer....there is no collaboration, management stresses on every sale (ie show up at a funeral to get a client to sign the contract sort of tactics)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be fair to all employees and stop playing favoritess

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Assimilated by the Borg

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    I loved the culture at Sun. Sure it was confusing, changing, and difficult to keep track of things, but we all pitched in and we all shared the benefits or pitfalls. A lot of that culture persists but it's fading.

    Cons

    Sun had an egalitarian ethos. Oracle's culture is definitely authoritarian. The compensation scheme is manipulative in the extreme: in good years, one person per group gets a raise; we're all supposed to claw over each other to be the designated "hero". Otherwise you get bupkis even if you're good. Compared to Google, Facebook, or even Salesforce, it's a trap. The morale of the Sun division's workers is eroding year by year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's nothing you can do about it; it starts with Larry. I suspect he has Iron Man syndrome; if you aren't the hero in the suit, you don't count.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    limited career opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    a stable and profitable company

    Cons

    not much focus on employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to take better care of the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Oracle Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Exciting, real live projects. Amazing benefits including paid housing, a rental car and company events. Also 401k matching.

    Cons

    No health insurance offered to interns. Lower salary than other similarly large companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in the interns and we will return as full time employees to work for you. Add health insurance coverage and increase intern salaries to stay competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My experience with Oracle was okay. I became an Oracle employee due to an acquisition.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Working for Oracle presents challenges which in my opinion makes employment interesting. In my role I had to work many hours. It was a huge plus that Oracle supports working from home.

    Cons

    Work life balance is not a consideration. This is why working from home is a plus. When the acquisition was approved the employees of the acquired company were told that there was be assistance to find employment within the company. This was not true. Oracle is a difficult company to figure out the organizational structure which makes it difficult to maneuver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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