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Oracle Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
6,187 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start software engineer career

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    There is friendly engineering culture here. Everyone is happy to help each other to solve tech problems. The benefit for a new hire is above the average in Bay Area.

    Cons

    The opportunity to get promoted and bonus is not good here. In my opinion, this company should focus more on keeping good and experienced engineers within Oracle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Could be much better

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

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

    Pros

    - Work From Home (WFH) is nice. Everybody in my group works from home on average once a week
    - SPARC is an awesome architecture. Other products are equally innovative/complex
    - No layoffs
    - Good perks: free sodas, coffee, pool tables, ping pong tables in some buildings

    Cons

    - Not challenging enough. Company hires tons of NCGs so work is spread out, meaning that as an experienced engineer you dont do much. I guess this is a pro if you have a family or like time off.
    - No bonuses. Again, company focuses on hiring NCGs rather than giving raises.
    - Hard to move within the company. Jobs with more impact potential are usually taken by ppl with 10-15 yrs of experience. Not necessarily true in other big companies Ive worked for
    - Company is overwhelmingly biased towards hiring from one particular race (maybe cause most managers are from that race too?), at least in Santa Clara. This is a problem because there is a language barrier, most don't have good communication skills and know 60% english, at best. I always wondered how some of these engineers got through the interview process. Its shocking. I wouldnt be surprised if the interviews themselves were carried in their language. I am all about hiring ppl from any race (im monirity as well), but please make sure they know english and can communicate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire people based on merit, and communication skills. Managers tent to hire engineers of their own race.
    - Too much hiring of unexperienced engineers.
    - Provide more group/company wide social events

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Compensation

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company and financial stable

    Cons

    Compensation, benefit, stock option about average

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Oracle

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

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

    Pros

    Good experience for your resume

    Cons

    Low pay they should pay more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay so everyone is happy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    senior hardware engineer

    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    The work flexibility and relaxed atmosphere compared with other pressurizing companies in the same field.

    Cons

    No reasonable pay hikes and bonus. Many people leaving the company with pay scale significantly lower than market average for the same skillset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hardware engineer experience does matter. Management just throws experienced engineers into the background and focusses on hiring new grads from stanford with much better pay scale. If no changes are made to this attitude the company is going to suffer the consequences in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work is good if you are single.

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

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours and many great engineers. You also get to meet other engineers globally. Benefits are good but that's it.

    Cons

    NO pay raise for about 5 to 10 years, no bonuses except to Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors and all level of Managers need to take some responsibility and stop delegating work and jump into the fires as well. Engineers don't need to deal with daily irrelevant tasks thrown at them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great place to work and grow your career

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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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