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Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Work can be somewhat fulfilling however don't expect too many pats on the back not very employee oriented,"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Director in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Software Development Director in Denver, CO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse culture, decent pay and benefits. Work is somewhat challenging. In particular I work with a pretty senior and close team.

    Cons

    The overall culture is somewhat stagnant with imagination as process slows any productivity to almost a halt. They are still trying to find their way with the right customers in SaaS.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees that make it happen better such that they are more invigorated to come to work and be challenged and actually enjoy your job.


  2. "Big company in big transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Oracle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Oracle has great benefits. I've met a lot of good people at this company who will most likely stay in the tech circuit. My favorite "benefits" are things available you must take advantage of -- class reimbursement options, Toastmasters International fees, weekly yoga classes in corporate gym, etc...

    Cons

    Oracle doesn't seem to have a mission statement. If sales and making money is your only motivation, this is not an issue. It seems to be a body with no soul -- it functions, but there's no one home. Promotions are made especially difficult, especially in the field where preference is for hiring from the outside. Partially building on that, there is nothing besides money or to incentivize top talent to stay. With forcing of cloud upon both customer and sales reps, it seems to be more of asking people to leave...

    Advice to Management

    Make some kind of effort. Or any, really


  3. "Field Support Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Field Support Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Field Support Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good company to work for as long as you can be supported by the revenue brought in by your organization.

    Cons

    Manage business by the numbers and very little room for advancement unless you are in marketing. Company is all about revenue and meeting the numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Compete against other companies more aggressively and stop worrying about only making margins. Keep the customers you have and don't let them go to competitors.


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  5. "People are great to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work environment, benefits and co-workers/teams

    Cons

    Leadership lacking in actual product knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more with those who use the products on a daily basis.


  6. "Principal Technical Support Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Support Engineer in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great learning, great people, great environment.

    Cons

    No raises, promotions with no pay, cookie cutter management who have to do what they are told from the top / no real "management" latitude.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Oracle rating is highly dependent on which division (business unit) you're in."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Oracle is clearly an industry leader in Database, system hardware, and is climbing into Cloud services.

    Company is well-run, from a business (financial) point of view.

    Base salaries seem to be OK (though not outstanding) for the area.

    Oracle now has "unlimited" vacation policy -- what days you take off (as a salaried employee) are strictly between you and your manager, as long as you are getting your job done.

    Cons

    Management is VERY top-down. It's a "Mother, May I?" culture -- you even have to get permission to create an internal email list. When management makes decisions, they are passed top-down and are not to be questioned.

    In most of its divisions (business units), Oracle will *only* provide Windows or Linux PCs for employees, even if that is not the best tool for the job. And current-model laptops & desktops are not on the procurement list; even engineers are relegated to using "last year's model" systems. Macs are acceptable to use, but only if purchased out of the employee's own personal pocket (with after-tax $$).

    Cash bonuses are given in certain business unit and are mostly $0 elsewhere in the company.

    Stock options/grants have been OK, but have declined in the last year.

    Oracle now has "unlimited" vacation policy -- which in practice means that there is no guarantee of any particular # of vacation days, and you don't accrue unused vacation (so are not paid for unused vacation days when/if you depart Oracle). Not a big deal, but something to be aware of.

    Advice to Management

    (1) Support employees' work by getting them the tools that they need to do the best job. If certain tools are provided in one business unit, make them available across the company for similar jobs.
    (2) If BU management has failures, withhold that management's bonuses but don't penalize high-performing employees under them for their management's mistakes (e.g.by withholding everyone's bonuses under those managers).


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Extreme work without reward!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Big company. Try to find a niche."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Morrisville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some excellent things going on at Oracle. I found a niche that was excellent for a while with a small(ish) team and it didn't feel quite so big.

    Cons

    There are some horrible things going on at Oracle. If you're not at HQ, you can be in the dark. I was on a global team at one point, and it felt massively huge, and I felt very small.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to value the people who are not at HQ. While you are big and enjoy the advantages that entails, try to set up smaller nexi and enjoy the advantages of smaller, nimbler groups.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Strong company, great software, great place for a white guy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The investment Oracle makes in applications makes it a great place for a software salesperson to work. Additionally, the sheer numbers of Oracle customers globally are a force to be reckoned with. There are tons of opportunities to move to different divisions and try new things.

    Cons

    Oracle pays significantly less than the competition across the board. SCs are grossly underpaid and overworked, making the good ones fair game for any software company out there. The Sales Leadership and senior sales leadership are disproportionately filled with white men. There are almost no minorities or even women in Enterprise Application sales which are the highest paying sales jobs--it's almost systematically exclusionary. Additionally, Oracle policies prevent loyal salespeople from making what people brought in from the outside make, even when they have he same experience, encouraging turnover. Once you're in in sales, don't count on ever getting a raise in base, so negotiate fiercely, it will likely be your last chance.

    Advice to Management

    A more diverse sales leadership structure will allow new ideas and a better culture. Punishing reps with low salaries and no raises for having Oracle on their resume seems foolish. Don't take loyalty for granted.


  11. "Business Development Rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Austin, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Resources, smart people, great benefit

    Cons

    inconsistent quality of managers, upper management really need to care more about their employees


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