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"Extremely well-run (but tightly controlled) company"

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Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Profitable company. Long history of success.
High achievers are rewarded (if they're in a high-flying business unit).
Oracle IT does a reasonable job of providing a supportive compute environment, even for "BYOD" equipment not provided by Oracle (for example, Macs & iOS devices).
Although Oracle used to have a reputation for being a "slave-driver" company, I haven't seen that since joining Oracle approx 2009. Work-life balance is OK.

Cons

The company is tightly controlled ... it's unbelievable sometimes how high up the management chain that some small purchases have to go for approval (and how long it can take).
High achievers are not rewarded so well if they're in business unit that hasn't performed as well (bottom line) over the last year -- so choose your business unit carefully.

Advice to Management

Allow employees to be more productive by including better computing equipment in the internal purchasing system (more up-to-date Windows/Linux PC hardware, and by all means start offering Macs).

Other Employee Reviews for Oracle

  1. "Good job, good work-life balance: not much chance to grow in an engineering capacity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    . Work-life balance
    . Fairly challenging technical work

    Cons

    . Too much process
    . Some micro-management
    . Technical ladder runs out / decelerates early; more growth along managerial/business side, so not a very good fit for the engineering-oriented individual

    Advice to Management

    . Give your engineers space to innovate
    . Don't micro-manage


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    "Hits and Misses"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Broomfield, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time

    Pros

    Like most people, I was at a company that was acquired by Oracle, so I didn't get to choose what group I got thrown into. From what I saw, a lot of your experience will be based on what group you're in, and, more importantly, who your group's VP is. So, this is from the Fusion MiddleWare sotware development group perspective.

    Anyways, good things:
    - lots of chances to work on good technology and programming (depending on group and how hard you fight for it).
    - flexible work environment (hours, vacation, etc.)
    - good work-from home options (VPN, email, calendar, etc.)
    - good benefits.
    - good employee discounts.
    - competitive initial salary.

    Cons

    - poor decisions made about acquired products.
    - old-of-date, home grown infrastructure tools (if you're forced to use them, many groups just don't).
    - top-down product and technology decisions forced onto dev teams.
    - inflexible hardware procurement for both shared servers and development machines (i.e. no macs unless your VP fights for it, even if you're working on macos or ios software).
    - many failing projects and products (if you get stuck on one).
    - very small to no bonuses, on average.
    - very small to no salary increases, on average.
    - everything is centralized to groups with conflicting aims and goals (e.g. QA, IT, facilities, HR) that generally don't line up with development.
    - very little explanation from senior management about why things are happening (e.g. product and company direction, re-orgs, lack of bonuses).

    Advice to Management

    - decentralize most things so the development teams can do what they do best.
    - setup a transparent bonus and salary increase plan, with metrics and measurements.

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