Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated 17 October 2014
Updated 17 October 2014
5,859 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 818 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 369 reviews)


Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 111 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 150 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not bad choice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer/Software Developer IV in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer/Software Developer IV in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Friendly teammates
    - No heavy work load, less pressure

    Cons

    The company is mean. No matter the earning is good or bad, the budget for raise is always trivial . Lots of people here no real work to do, they are shamed to be asked for what project they're working on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe they know all the issues here, but they may have bigger issues to handle. If I were Larry, I'll cut 10% of the current employees and save the money to give a raise for the rest of people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I worked at Oracle as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Time off policies
    Compensation
    Work life balance
    Pay
    On campus cafeterias

    Cons

    Large company
    No perks
    Very tech
    Super tech
    Extremely tech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Developer in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Culture & Values, Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits

    Cons

    Process slows the whole system and promotions are delayed which totally de-motivates good efforts.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Largest and most dynamic SW and HW place in the world

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment. Always room to grow for top performers. Amazing leadership team. Enormours variety in products and services, hence there are always new places to work if you want to move internally

    Cons

    Like any large corporation there are multiple layers to go to and go through in case you want to get something approved. However, using the internal tracking tools the process is pretty optimized and efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going, going, going!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal QA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal QA Engineer in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Work culture was very flexible

    Cons

    no promotions, hike for a long time

    Recommends
  7.  

    Worked in Technical Support (2006)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Newark, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Newark, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great management team to work for. Good exposure to product training. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Promotion an issue, no set guidelines for the same

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider looking into career aspirations one has and work towards it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Experience for the most part

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, global exposure, great technologies and very good compensation for VP and above

    Cons

    Conventional, old fashioned mindset, difficult to change. Cohesive culture is missing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find better ways/means to hold on to and promote your best talent

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, for the most part good co-workers. Flexible schedule....oh, did I mention that already?

    Cons

    Upper level management only out for themselves. Will throw any employee under the bus if it serves them. No pay increases (if you are hired be sure you are happy with your pay, because that is what you are going to get for some time). Much talk given about "employees are keys to success for company" but reality is employees are treated like interchangable pieces, with directors always looking for cheaper alternatives (hiring in China and India locations going up, N.A. locations going down).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give advice to management but since they cannot take constructive feedback and instead see it as a personal attack I will refrain. Instead, advice to potential employees. Have a plan; it is a large corporation and like all large corporations its goal is to make money. Realize this and you will do fine. Know that you will not have opportunities for advancement as when positions become available they will be consolidated rather than filled. Be sure you are happy with your pay as that is what you will make for at least 2-3 years. Put in your time, do your job, make your connections and get out.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Name Masks Challenging Internal Politics, Processes, and Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I joined Oracle right out of college as part of the Class Of initiative. If you're a college senior and considering Oracle in the recruiting process, I'd advise doing your due diligence and reading on. If you're going to be anywhere close to Oracle Direct, I'd advise the same.

    Work-life balance, employee benefits and perks, training, and having Oracle's brand name on your resume are the top perks of working here. It's a telling sign that most of the pros I found were not actually related to my work.

    Micromanagement is uncommon, and hours are fairly decent. The standard for my team was 8 AM - 5 PM. However, our manager frequently came in late and left early, so the actual "observed" hours were closer to 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, with flexible lunch. In software development, it's even better. One of my friends tells he can literally "come and go as he pleases", because deadlines come by the month.

    As a large corporation Oracle has many partnerships with other large companies. Employees can reap the rewards in the form of discounts on cell phone bills with major carriers, movie tickets, restaurant coupons, and more. Furthermore, the benefits, 401K, and employee gym at Redwood headquarters are amazing. In fact, I'd venture to say the gym was my favorite perk of the job.

    There's a running joke at Oracle that you're never done with training. While it can sometimes seem excessive, you never stop learning about your product or general sales methodology. Sandler and Costigan sales trainings are invaluable and worth every penny Oracle pays to them. Oracle is also constantly coming out with new versions of products or new products altogether, and that makes for a wealth of knowledge to learn. That said, it's rare that you ever actually get to see or touch the product, unless you're working in a very specific customer facing role or sales engineering.

    When I left Oracle, I had no shortage of startups and recruiters coming after me just because I had Oracle on my resume. So when you leave, you have your options.

    Cons

    Subpar middle management, traditional corporate culture, unnecessary competition both with the rest of inside sales and field, and internal processes were some of the worst parts of the job.

    While executive leadership at Oracle is top-notch, the incompetency of middle management can be downright frightening at times. Some people truly make you wonder, "How did you get to where you are today?" People are promoted for the wrong reasons, sometimes not because they are the best candidate or because they would excel with greater responsibility, but because they've just been there the longest. It is a far cry from a meritocracy.

    Mentorship and management run the gamut from nonexistent to decent. In my time there, it was the exception, rather than the norm, to find a great manager. Managers in Oracle Direct are focused more on progressing their own careers than managing and developing the people under them. Unfortunately, the lone wolf sales mentality that most of them had as a sales rep seems to stay with them as they transitioned into management. It is quite common for managers to rotate in and out all the time as they get promoted, leave the company, etc.

    The inside sales organization is a essentially a call center that tries to act and dress like it's better than that. Business casual is fairly strict, and there are often cases where management pulls employees aside because they were not dressed up enough. You spend your entire day on the phone or in front of a computer...who are you dressing up to impress? Certainly not your customers, because they never see you. People could do the job just as well, or maybe even better, at home, lounging in their PJs, watching SportsCenter on mute.

    You will not have the opportunity to interact with multiple lines of business. If recruiting is selling you on the exposure to marketing, engineering, product, and beyond, they're lying to you. At most you'll maybe sit in on a PowerPoint presentation or some kind of joint event once a quarter. Instead, you will be expected to stay in your niche and not disturb too many people around you.

    One would think that as part of Oracle, sales reps across different products would naturally collaborate in the best interest of the company and the customer. However, that is not often the case. Applications, middleware, database, hardware, virtual systems, and consulting play internal politics. Sometimes, it can seem like a pack of hungry dogs fighting over one piece of meat. This has improved with the recent reorganization, but can still be much better. Furthermore, conflicts with the field over deals can be a nightmare. If you're lucky and have a great field rep, you're set. But if you have a field rep who is challenging to work with or doesn't want to work with you at all, you're left out to dry.

    One of the most alarming things about the inside sales org is the churn rate. Around the 6 month and 1 year mark, typically around January and July, respectively, it's an absolute bloodbath. Oracle bleeds people so fast it makes a revolving door look still. Fairly new hires, not getting the support and development they need to learn and succeed, leave for environments where the company will actually invest in its people. Senior reps, tired of playing the waiting game and watching teammates who performed worse than they did but played the political schoomzing game right promoted ahead of them, leave for other orgs where their work is actually rewarded and appreciated. Oracle pays its starting managers less than many other organizations pay their business development reps.

    If you enter Oracle as a business development consultant, the career trajectory is at least 1 year in the role, followed by at least 2 years as an inside rep, then at least 2 years as an OD manager, before going to the field as a field rep. Being in the field is a great situation, but if you start in OD your compensation will be far less than if you are hired externally directly into the field. No matter how you look at it, it's tough to justify staying at Oracle.

    Lastly, internal processes are horrible at Oracle. Oracle leadership touts that "we drink our own champagne", meaning we use all our own software to test and perfect before presenting to customers. In reality, it's more like "we eat our own dog food." If customers could actually see the internal logjam at Oracle and how bad our processes our, they would never buy our software. Seriously, it seems like a joke sometimes. Daily work is filled with antiquated systems that you have no way around, no way to improve, and no way to change at all. It's frustrating that as a leader in the tech space, Oracle would condemn its own employees to such disappointing and lackluster software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Oracle is an old company, just look at its history, leadership, and overall employees. While the culture and fit in development may be great, the sales organization leaves much to be desired. Promote based on performance and leadership rather than tenure, seniority, and politics. Streamline processes so that half the battle isn't internal. Build camaraderie and incentive cooperation and work across business lines rather than working in silos and leaving everyone to fend for themselves. Lastly, invest in your people and recognize talent and worth ethic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good for retirement and politics to the core.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Applications Engineer in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Applications Engineer in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible work and good work balance

    Cons

    No Hikes, No proper bonus, there are lot of managers, directors and VP's. In oracle even 8 years experience guy can become senior manager, they compensate good performer through promotion than salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have sensible ratio of managers or directors or VP's to employees. I used to work close to cafeteria most so called management guys used loiter for hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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