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"Difficult place to work, but does have some upsides"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redwood Shores, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

-Benefits (health insurance, company facilities) are excellent
-Great work/life balance
-Great collegial, cordial, friendly environments
-If you land in a great org, it's important to stay there because bad ones abound
-Oracle is big on telecommuting
-Very little "big-brother" mentality from the corporate level
-Walks the walk on diversity in the workplace

Cons

-Outrageous levels of worthless management (3-4 vp's deep in some places)
-Non-competitive salaries and COLA, even if you are a rock star
-Promotions happening regularly in management, extremely rare among individual contributors
-In some orgs, extreme micromanagement
-Many US-side headcount replaced by multiple bodies in India

Advice to Management

Please take an interest in the career paths and compensation for worker bees, not just management. Oracle doesn't seem keen on retaining talent at all

Other Employee Reviews for Oracle

  1. Helpful (14)

    "Internal job transfers/promotions are restricted to Lateral or Downward grade-levels!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technology, steady financials, market power. As some others have pointed out, these factors can make Oracle a good career springboard for future opportunities with more exciting, agile, innovative, flexible and creative companies.

    Cons

    Internal advancement and compensation system is ludicrous. There is an HR policy that only permits Lateral or Lower grade-level transfers for employees moving to an internally posted job -- even for promotions. So for example, if you hold an IC3-level position and are qualified to apply to an internal IC5-level job posting, you may be offered the new job, but you cannot move to the higher grade/salary level during that fiscal year -- i.e.,the new job now becomes an IC3-level job. Any grade-level changes can only be considered at the beginning of the following fiscal year, at which time, many other variables come into play: Your manager must then provide a stellar review, submit a business case for a promotion, jump through hoops, get approvals, etc.

    Also, when applying to an internally posted job, you must inform your current manager, before you receive a formal offer from HR. Yes, before. So essentially, if the offer is not what you expect, you are more than likely in an extremely precarious position with your current manager/organization and must seek alternative employment outside of the company, immediately thereafter.

    Sales Compensation Plans are inconsistent and do not accurately reward talent or results. Some Sales employees in a given year do extremely well, while other solid performers are forced to survive on their base salary. Also, little to no stock option awards are distributed to the mainstream workforce.

    Advice to Management

    1) Why would anyone want to move to a better internal job, for which they are qualified, if its restricted to the same level or below?!

    2) Most employees (covertly) despise working there, but stay there until they find something else.

    3) Expect a flood of employee departures if/when the job market relaxes and opens up.


  2. "Great technology company with bureaucracy larger and more complex than Federal Government"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Practice Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Practice Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, Competitive compensation, Generous bonus

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, inefficient, lack of clear stratagic direction, constantly changing processes


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