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Oracle Redwood Shores Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Work life balance is out of whack (in 262 reviews)

  • no hikes , managers don't bother about growth (in 354 reviews)

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  1. "Oracle SDR review"

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Because most SDR's are hired through the "Class Of" Program, you are surrounded by fun, young, and ambitious people. There are lots of little perks like 2 work from home days per month and access to a nice gym.

    Cons

    The way Oracle is structured is extremely inefficient. You are expected to make huge sales, however field and more tenured sales reps take priority, so if they are talking to an account, you are not allowed to touch it. You can feel like a number sometimes at a big company like Oracle, so it is hard to want to show up for work when you feel like you are not valued/needed.

    Advice to Management

    Either eliminate the SDR role or lower our metrics. If you want quality pipeline, high opportunity metrics is not the way to do it.


  2. "Great company!"

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Consultant in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Technology Consultant in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I get to work with some of the best and brightest minds in the development of machine learning and cloud computing. The diversity of my colleagues and their backgrounds is second to none.

    Cons

    Commute from San Francisco and/or San Jose can be tedious.

    Advice to Management

    Too much reliance on the technology consultants to be driving the conversation with customers, account manager and team need to be more knowledgeable and confident with customers.


  3. "Oracle"

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    Current Employee - Director in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Director 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

    Employees are empowered to pursue new ideas

    Cons

    salaries are low, Business is too complex,

    Advice to Management

    need to retain top talent


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  5. "Partner Enablement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    autonomy, great benefits, amazingly smart people, opportunity to move between roles

    Cons

    pay is a huge challenge if you have been there for any length of time


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent benefits and pay. Be prepared to "swim with the sharks" though!"

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    Former Employee - Alliances Marketing in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Alliances Marketing in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful physical environment. Multiple conviences. Great pay. Excellent benefits. Many smart people to work with and for.

    Cons

    Cutthroat environment. Lots of deparmental movement and fiefdoms. Loooooooong hours.

    Advice to Management

    Just know that some folks will not last long in the culture that has been set forth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Senuir Engineering Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Senuir Engineering Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company, if you can find a niche then it may work for some. Then again competitively they have been doing quite poorly for quite some time. Not sure how long they'll stay relevant. So that makes the workplace even more unstable and stressful.

    Cons

    It is a depressing place, toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Strongly consider some sort of exit before it becomes more and more irrelevant. Oracle DB is better than the others. But even the core business will have hard time competing in "the brave new cloud world". The acquisitions are not really a success. They have helped little against the competitors.


  8. "Comfortably Numb"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security
    Large company can move around
    Can work at home for most positions
    Very professional environment

    Cons

    Not very fun
    Some managers can be unsupportive
    A company that is stagnating at best


  9. "Excellent Experience"

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    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Had a very good work environment, got opportunity to enhance technical skills.

    Cons

    very tough to grow in career and get promotions


  10. "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Redwood Shores, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good benefits, very generous healthcare, work from home policy

    Cons

    Very poor management. Managers are selected haphazardly, without screening, and given basic training on people skills by semi-qualified consultants after they are promoted. Managers don't have time to supervise and know what their directs are doing, so managers often just check off a job as done without evaluating the quality of the work. Getting qualified people from outside or internally can take months, so employees are often put into positions they're not qualified to hold. Communication is strictly one-way, from the top down. Performance evaluations were done for a few years, but were not mandatory and never seemed to be used, so directors only know what their managers want them to know. Appearances are everything. People agree to deadlines they know they can't meet because they don't want to look bad, then deadlines get pushed out. This is a dysfunctional environment. Don't stay more than a few years. Start working on your exit strategy as soon as you come in.

    Advice to Management

    Screen prospective managers for people skills and common sense judgment BEFORE placing them in management positions. Encourage a culture of learning from mistakes. Free up managers from working on deliverables and give them time to supervise. Tell VPs to stop telling everyone their co-workers are doing excellent work, that validates poor performance and encourages a culture of pretense. Get rid of unprofessional people brought in during acquisitions who would never have been hired by Oracle. End the practice of approving transfers across groups by the mutual VP, it takes too long so filling positions becomes a matter of convenience rather than qualification. Execs should learn how people do their jobs so the execs can make informed decisions about getting things done. Define corporate values and live by them.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "9 year sales at Oracle"

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    Current Employee - Cloud Sales Representative in Redwood Shores, CA
    Current Employee - Cloud Sales Representative in Redwood Shores, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good starting salary package, great exposure to technology products, learning, training etc

    Cons

    too many processes and procedures that will make regular work difficult, numbers driven,

    Advice to Management

    Like they will care!


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