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"Oracle, a decent place to work"

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Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
Current Employee - Principal Consultant in New York, NY
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

If a consultant wants or needs to 'come off the road' Oracle provides many opportunities to accomplish this. other consulting firms its the road or the highway

Cons

In many ways Oracle doesn't know how to deal with consultants. They were and are a great database company and probably should have stayed in that business. Once PeopleSoft was purchased they should have dropped the line of Oracle HR software and embraced PeopleSoft software.

Advice to Management

I am not sure Senior Management wants to hear anything from a consultant. They don't understand or want to understand our lot in life.

Other Employee Reviews for Oracle

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Oracle Retail couldn't sell ice to desert wanderer."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Oracle is trying to diversify. It's database is one of the best in the world. From a corporate view, Oracle sounds like a fantastic place to work. It has server software, retail software, analytic software, etc.

    Cons

    Corporate bloat. Top level management takes a very long time to make decisions on things like salary, promotions, bonuses, etc. Top level management is too reactive on a quarter-to-quarter basis that some things are canceled before they even have a chance to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Take off. Clearly the majority of Senior Management are yes-people. The majority of them will say yes to anything to please their superiors. Far too many good people stay silent because they fear it'll reflect badly on them.


  2. "I don't hate my job :)"

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    Current Employee - Development Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Development Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a big company, so there are options to choose from - moving groups is possible, even changing career tracks (Engineer to PM, etc.) is a possibility. The company is stable and won't be going away soon :) - as long you are doing a good job, there is little worry that you'll be laid off. The health and 401(k) benefits are generally decent. As always - combination of right place, right time, hard work, positive energy will pay off in the long term - have a 5 year + window.

    Cons

    Its big! So a lot of people seem lost.
    My knowledge is limited to Fusion Middleware (Application Server) platform area and cannot comment of DB or APPS teams - the problems are
    - dysfunctional - there is the obvious "right arm doesn't know what left arm is doing" syndrome.
    - SDLC is not strictly followed -- engineering process gets a little chaotic/ ad hoc. the initial set of requirements/restrictions that you start with almost never hold true. Some thing or the other will change and you'll have to accommodate for it.
    - schedules are very aggressive but in my opinion not realistic. To give an example, product hasn't shipped 18 months after a previously advertised "code freeze" date.
    - you work a lot but get a sense of not having achieved as much.
    - if you like to code a lot, then this isn't the place :(
    - nobody makes firm commitments on requirements/schedules - I guess it is a way to make sure anything you don't know now can be made a "requirement" later.

    Advice to Management

    Stop doing big bang releases. Tier the process so that there are fewer dependencies, the requirements are crystal clear.
    Rolling development process is not viable and will drive away employees coming from all the companies that are being acquired where there is more structure.

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