Oracle Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  • 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. 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


  2. 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.


  3. 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


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  5. 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Nice company, Great people

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented/Knowledgeable engineers, good start for college grads , decent benefits, work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary is below market with no hikes/increments (for years). In some groups promotions are given with no salary increment. Only few groups know what bonus is, majority employees (engineers, not management) only know how to spell bonus but have not really got one for years though the company makes a net profit in billions.

    Advice to Management

    Employees love working for Oracle do not force them to leave because of compensation. Let Oracle be a market leader in employee compensation too like Oracle products


  7. Helpful (4)

    good benefits

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    Current Employee - Mask Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Mask Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good health insurance, good team

    Cons

    no bonuses, no salary increase


  8. Executive Administrator

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Administrator in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oracle (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of documentation available online when searching how to do things.

    Cons

    Should give more bonuses and raises to keep morale up since the company is making money. Difficult to work through large bureacracy to get things done quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Should give raises since company is doing well. These are generally not given to the administrative community.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great company, benefits

    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Despite size, focused on being bigger and better.

    Cons

    Too many middle layers of mgmt.


  10. Decent place to work

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

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

    Pros

    Well managed company; well planned work flow and releases; some interesting technologies, and good applicability to real-world business. Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Small or zero bonus, not every year


  11. Very conservative

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had a lot of free time. The tasks were easy and there was no pressure at all. My boss was laid back and was very friendly.

    Cons

    The company is a typical old business where most of its consumers are businesses (not consumers). It was very boring for a recent college graduate, who was looking for more challenges.

    Advice to Management

    I hope there is a more targeted program for college graduates, so that they can be challenged and inspired. Otherwise, the work becomes easily boring.



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