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Updated September 16, 2017
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  1. "Great Company to Grow With"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OD Account Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - OD Account Manager in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Advancement opportunities
    - Great work-life balance
    - Knowledgeable/Helpful Management

    Cons

    - Majority men
    - Does fulfill some of the stigmas of working for a very large company, sometimes leading to an impersonal feeling

    Advice to Management

    Working for the public sector org of Oracle, my advice would be to remember that public sector is different than commercial, etc. A lot of the time things are very impersonal and we really have to just figure out how to adapt Oracle's directions for our public sector customers.


  2. "Laid off by FedEx"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Proposal Manager in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Business Development Proposal Manager in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work from home. Decent pay. No weekends. Free drinks in the office.

    Cons

    Laid off via FedEx. No real processes. No real education about services. They send a lot of emails about developing your career at Oracle which is all nonsense. So many layers of useless management it's difficult to get proposals submitted. They are losing the Cloud Wars to Amazon. Horrible, toxic culture. Inept management and lazy salespeople.

    Advice to Management

    Close shop and admit that you can't compete with Amazon Web Services. Stop perpetuating a lie that you care about employees.

  3. "Senior Principal Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start a career and learn about the extensive line of Oracle products.

    Cons

    Extensive travel and slow promotion and salary increases.


  4. "Account manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of money to be made.

    Cons

    not easy to learn and get started

    Advice to Management

    Team work is important


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great work/life balance, poor management and cheap culture"

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    Current Employee - Consulting Practice Director in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Consulting Practice Director in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. You can work from home when not traveling to customers and most managers will allow you to take time off when needed to take care of personal affairs. There are rare cases when you need to do overtime or weekend work and those only happen during customer go-live activities. The benefits are okay, in line with some average companies but far off major technology companies. Bonuses (when they exist) are really good and they are paid twice an year. You are exposed to high technology and have opportunities to work into major companies as a consultant. It is a company that you can say that you work for them and stand out because of that!

    Cons

    There has been a big increment of cheap resources located overseas. In my group the hiring has only been incremented outside of the US and these resources are been assigned projects and delivering terrible content to the customers at a big price. Projects are often getting escalated due to poor documentation and poor software development. The VPs are only looking at the project margin and leaving quality behind. Partners have been taking over implementations like never before, leaving our business on the red therefore driving the bonuses to the bottom. There isn't such thing as a "salary increase" here. The only way to get a raise is to come with a competing offer, and most of the time they will cover half of it on the promise that Oracle bonuses are higher. That would be true if they actually paid the correct amount you are targeted to, however, even if you do really well, the business is struggling therefore the VPs and Directors are the only ones taking the bigger piece of the pie. People which are in the bench due to the high amount of work been handed over to overseas resources are been punished. There are piles of dead wood in my group and nobody is terminated. I am in the company for over 7 years and have seen only one person getting fired and because that person did outperform for 5 years! The promotions happen to make you happy with a higher title, but that does not mean more responsibility and neither salary raises. There isn't investment on employee's education, there is never money for it. There is, however, money to perform expensive parties in India.

    Advice to Management

    lease do value more your great performers. Give them real responsibilities and pay them what the market pays on the base salary. Bonuses are never to be expected, so, please be considerate to that when making offers. Please do get rid of the dead wood instead of giving them a chance to be better performers in 5 years. Invest on your employees education. Invest more on your current employees instead of letting them go work for a partner, earn more money and steal our business.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Extreme work without reward!"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Operations in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open and frank culture. Corporate invests in maintaining its solid culture of social ethics and mutual respect.

    Cons

    The only reward is "good job" words from top to bottom through management. Oracle doesn't believe in real rewards such as pay increase or moving up the hierarchy in professional growth. Unless you happen to be the 2% of lucky and successful sales who can and do potentially earn more from commissions. You are expected to work 60+ hours per week including odd hours and weekends when needed.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees by offering them real growth in par with their potential growth in the industry. Create certain timeline and work week boundaries with all departments for maintaining sanity and employee satisfaction. Almost everyone is working tail-off every half of each quarter. It can last them only so long until they decide to move elsewhere. Sooner or later, while the business could potentially grow in the short-term, in the long run this standard business operation model will scare off enough qualified and competent professionals from coming to Oracle. Hire more if you must rather than physically and mentally crippling your otherwise dedicated workforce.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales & Business Development Rep"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Business Development Representative in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Sales and Business Development Representative in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Health Benefits
    Great Training
    Job Stability
    Career Advancement if you really like sales
    Opportunity to make a ton of money

    Cons

    Low stating Base Salary
    Upper Management doesn't listen to employees
    Few locations to select from they only give you the option of having this job at HQ, Austin, TX, Reston, VA or Boston, MA
    Really stressful it's sales one quarter you may make $8,000.00 next quarter you may make $8.
    Only except this job if you have no other options and you really like sales, this job consists of heavy cold calling and quota attainment.
    Just trying to give you as much advice as possible I wish someone would have told me before I accepted the position.

    Advice to Management

    Give these recent graduations more locations to work from and consider work from home days the office can be a little stuffy. Be open to hear your employee's needs and wants, it will lessen your turn-over ratio. Oracle loses most employee's after one year so that they don't have to re-pay the bonus and then most employees go to Accenture, BCG, or Deloitte.

  8. "Great people! Poor support for federal civilian government."

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    Former Employee - Applications Sales Executive in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Applications Sales Executive in Reston, VA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Within my organization - great people with incredible talent. Good company benefits.

    Cons

    The company does not adequately support the sales teams selling to the federal civilian government. This group is treated as the ugly stepchild. There is no marketing in place and the support for a cloud offering is very low. Certifications to sell cloud were too slow and now the competitors' platforms own the space. Very sad.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to compete successfully you must take the necessary steps to position the teams success.


  9. Helpful (93)

    "Amazing Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Applications Sales Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Enterprise Applications Sales Manager in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's an incredible amount of resources and talent available to help one be successful here. The culture is surprisingly team oriented, with everyone being extremely willing to help one another - even sales people. The value of the brand makes customers want to know more.

    Cons

    Self-service is their motto when it comes to getting started, Some of this is great, but when help is needed, it's not so easy to find. Lots of processes. Hard to navigate processes.

    Advice to Management

    Assign a mentor when someone starts to help walk them through what success looks like in your first 90 days.

    Oracle Response

    Aug 9, 2016 – Head of Global Recruitment Branding

    We love the idea of assigning a mentor. We have shared this with our Onboarding team for future implementation. We agree that the self-service environment, can be challenging to navigate so we are... More


  10. "Oracle University"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager, Oracle University in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager, Oracle University in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oracle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    brand name, 3rd party sales resources and subscriptions, campus and its cafeteria and gym and fitness classes, diverse and interesting coworkers

    Cons

    lots of unnecessary and even distracting reporting; sales territories unevenly distributed; little cammeraderie amongst different teams; non-existent teamwork across product lines. outrageous quotas considering the history of certain territories.

    Advice to Management

    create more collaborative atmosphere - give fair quotas


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