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Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. "Work hard and play hard at Oracle."

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    Current Employee - BDC in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - BDC in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities. The culture is a very much a work hard/play hard atmosphere that fosters a positive work environment that rewards hard-workers.

    Cons

    If you have a need to feel comfortable with positions staying the same, Oracle is not the place for you. Positions, titles, and organizational structure seemingly change daily. If you don't mind change and are comfortable with it, Oracle is a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going in the direction we are currently going. Oracle changes with the market and that will continue to make our jobs easier and the company stronger.


  2. "Excellent place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Telecommuting and technology provide work schedule flexibility, while providing the opportunty to work across organizational, cultural and country boundaries.. The work ethic and environment attracts and keeps excellent people. There are lots of opportunities to take on new challenges and the company is large enough to transfer across groups.

    Cons

    There is a very demanding culture within Oracle, while at the same time internal politics can prevent getting things done. Telecommuting can be isolating when travel is limited or controlled during spending freezes. Training is difficult to accomplish, although opportunties for receiving training are abundant day to day activities take priority.

    Advice to Management

    Empowerment is the key to working with great people.

  3. "Oracle USA Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn and grow and the opportunity to stay on top of technology. The senior management has fairly string vision and a clear sense of direction. The managers are very supportive of providing employees opportunity of both personal and professional growth. The company has string fundamentals and with tons of acquisitions, the company is becoming very strong with every passing month.

    Cons

    Fairly big sized company, you can get lost in the crowd sometimes. Also, the middle management layer is fairly thick, so chances of promotion in certain groups can be limited.

    Advice to Management

    Remove redundant layers and slim down your middle management. There seem to be too many Directors and Sr Directors across all the groups.


  4. "Great fun for those interested in developing database management systems"

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    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Member of Technical Staff in Nashua, NH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in the server division. There is fairly decent work-life balance in server division. On average I worked around 40 hours a week. Excellent work gets recognition, both by peers and by management. Oracle's size means that you can work on implementing very different types of enterprise software within the same company.

    Cons

    The overhead of the development process can be annoying large for big teams.

    Advice to Management

    I liked receiving written performance reviews and being told what category I was placed in during performance reviews. Such extensive feedback is important for employees, in particular in retaining top talent. Managers must be told to spend adequate time on these reviews.


  5. "Great place to be a programmer."

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    Former Employee - Consulting Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Consulting Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Oracle has an excellent software development team in the server division. The average quality of the developers is surprisingly high for a mature company of this size. There are a substantial number of world-class people there, although perhaps not in as large a concentration as 10 years ago, due to long-timers retiring and losing a lot of the best young talent to places like Google, but it's still a lot better than Sun was at its peak. The scale of software development at Oracle dwarfs almost anyplace other than Microsoft, and the engineering culture is, to my mind, far superior.

    Cons

    It's a huge company, so it's hard to stand out sometimes. There are politics, but they aren't crippling. I worked at a number of smaller companies, and any of the other places with more than 100 people had worse politics and worse outcomes. While I worked at Oracle, they would have "bake-offs" when there were conflicts about how things should be done, and the best code would win. Being involved in one of these is a lot of pressure, but you can actually win just by doing a good job. You also have to learn to think a little outside the box - but not too far - to make useful contributions, and your boss needs to toot your horn in order for you to be adequately compensated.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on making the best products.


  6. "Larry Ellison has always proved his critics wrong. He is a man with a vision and knows how to pick a management team."

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    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Consultant in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Oracle is an unbelievable fast past company with ever changing technology and products. The pay is very good as the benefits. The people are all top notch and they do not keep slackers onboard. You are your own boss and control your career at Oracle.

    Cons

    Can be stressful. Not enough hours in the day. Cutting back a little too much in training.

    Advice to Management

    Training on new products is very thin and needs to be increased


  7. "New to Oracle"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Oracle is a well recognized company in the industry. Though the company has many employees they are very organized and have information for whatever question you have to ask.

    Cons

    Very standardized company used to doing things the way they want. Many aquisitions and changing the envronemnts in which people are used to working.

    Advice to Management

    talk to employees that you manage before making decisions that is going to affect the entire group. You never know what ideas they mave have.

  8. "Great Place to Work."

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    Current Employee - Consulting Member of Technical Staff
    Current Employee - Consulting Member of Technical Staff
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Broad technology stack available. Management is great they aloow freedom of ideas. Now with Sun acquisition we will own Java. This is great for both oracle and java. This stock will do great.

    Cons

    Too much fire fighting. Need more project planning. need to give engineers more time for innovation. Benefits are ok. ESPP is not great.

    Advice to Management

    Oracle is a great place. But we need to slow down a bit. Employees could use bit more incentives. ESPP could be lot better.


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    "Great place for talented engineers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work with a group of very highly educated and highly skilled engineers. Core database development provides the opportunity to work on challenging problems and develop new technologies. Work schedule is very flexible. Many managers are technically skilled and active in development.

    Cons

    Time demands can be significant depending on where we are in the release cycle. Pressure can get very high as a release approaches. As with any big company they sometimes do things or have policies that seem really foolish.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to do a better job of encouraging managers to proactively weed out lower performing employees and replace them rather than keeping them around for a rainy day when they are told to make a cut.


  10. "ORCL offers it all! - Opportunity, Freedom, Growth. great people. . . diluted with Frustratiion, Disappointment,"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Applications Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Vast Product Line yields tremendous opportunities for growth.
    Great people in the "virtual and matrixed" org structure.
    Freedom, benefits and $ compensation
    Loyal customers... and

    Cons

    Rigid processes and procedures reduce productivity and customer satisfaction
    Contracts, negotiations and approvals for internal or external issues deter from all the positives.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the customer. Matrixed structure leaves no authority in the field on critical customer sat. issues


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