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

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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

Other Employee Reviews for Oracle

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hits and Misses"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Big company with the usual big company issues"

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Good benefits
    I am sure some parts of the company are better than others. The products I work with are clunky, expensive, and don't sell very well.

    Cons

    No raises
    Few bonuses, if any
    No professional development
    Everything is centered around revenue
    The rich get richer at Oracle

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management? Oracle does not seem to care about its employees, so anything that is written here will not matter.


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