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"Oracle"

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Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in Reston, VA
Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in Reston, VA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Training sessions where excellent. Constantly learning new technology and techniques. Never a dull moment. Benefits were excellent. Smart people working next to you.

Cons

Long hours where at times the team had to work overtime so the Senior VP made his numbers for the quarter. Everyone was not treated equally.

Advice to Management

I think the executive team is doing an excellent as witnessed with a high stock value and have made some smart acquisitions.

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    "Top-down management style in some groups, review formats lack balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are comparable with other companies. HQ on-site amenities are excellent and under construction for improvements with a wide range of healthy foods. Cafeterias are working toward local produce and environmental balance. Oracle has plenty of great ideas for going green and other reasons to be proud as a whole.

    Cons

    My specific experience is yielding my negative review, but I will focus on more general issues also.

    Work-life balance, including telecommuting flexibility is available, but whether you get it depends on your specific manager. Because of the top-down approach and the power of managers, there is wide variation. Recently it seems there is lessened flexibility with more people being asked to telecommute less and much more pressure overall across multiple groups to push harder and put work above life. Given the economy it is not surprising that management will take advantage if they can.

    Direct from HR, there are really no 360 reviews and no peer reviews. Definitely there is too much red tape and not enough listening by or communication from management. I do not feel there is an employee voice. There is minimal communication from senior management about company direction and there are no regular appropriate-level meetings to both help employees understand their value and their role in company success, or to boost morale - not even quarterly or twice a year.

    I am seeing this top-down management approach stifle innovation, cause power struggles and lower morale. Recent experiences have shown specific management to have expectations that are completely unrealistic and in these cases management at multiple levels is very inflexible.

    Advice to Management

    Push for 360 reviews and peer reviews to encourage management to learn from and take into account employee feedback and to balance power.


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    "Great on the Resume but you 'pay for it'"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have the desire you can learn a ton about different technologies, industries, and more (they own so much now its just a matter of finding the right people/resources in the Company). They expect you to be the best and value the input of the Sales Consultants. The Benefits are awesome and you are basically left to work 'on your own' and out of your house.

    Cons

    You can do a great job for the reps and deals you are responsible for but ultimately they are not the people who decide if you get to keep your job and they have little/no input. Decisions are made by managers who often live out of the area and have no real grasp of who is doing the work or skilled at their job. They are going off 'numbers in the system'.. (i.e. those who are leveraged by sales the least and have the most time to simply enter hours in the system look the best on paper and they take that as the gospel without actually checking with the Sales Team).

    There is way too much time spent on 'internal selling' and politics. There are so many Reps mapped to every account that half of the sales cycle is internal meetings trying to protect your division of the companies portion of a much larger contract (how much of a 10M deal gets allocated to database, BI, ERP, BEA, etc) instead of selling the value to the customer.

    Advice to Management

    The biggest problem Oracle has is that there is no ability to move into other areas in the company. You can get promoted within the same group but you can basically forget expanding your career by moving into another division or area. Why? Because Oracle requires your existing manager 'release you' which most managers will not do for someone they think is critical to their own success. The company is so large that they basically consider it 'losing you' instead of thinking of what is best for the entire company.

     It would be easier to get hired by a competitor than to move from Apps to Tech, from Commercial Accounts to Strategic, etc. Obviously the rare exception is that you are personal friends with your manager and they are willing to sacrafice for your own happiness...but the most likely scenario is that you see a position you would be interested in, then to make the transfer you have to notify your boss. Then they decline your transfer and now you are in the same position but have the joy of working for a manager who knows you wanted to" leave them" and doesn't consider you committed to your position anymore. I saw it happen many times.


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