Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated 12 September 2014
Updated 12 September 2014
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 721 reviews)

  • Work from home option is available which is very convenient during busy times (in 329 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is a trade off offered for lesser than industry average growth (in 97 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 137 reviews)

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  1.  

    Current orcl review

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting projects both hw and sw.

    Cons

    Giant company with policy and rules that come with large companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Oracle as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I was a very relaxed environment that allowed you to have space to breath, explore, and be creative.

    Cons

    The kinds of people who work here aren't necessarily motivated to create the next Google.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but hard to get into, and little salary growth

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits at Oracle are decent. Your job satisfaction will depend upon the group you are in. The hiring process is long and cumbersome, but once at Oracle, you have many opportunities for changing positions and groups. Your salary is however unlikely to keep up with the market.

    Cons

    This is a large company and it is hard at times to find out who is doing what. Incentives and compensation growth opportunities are depending upon the group in which you are. Some groups are well taken care of while others are not. It is important to be hired with the highest salary you can get. It is common for employees to get their salary readjusted upon being re-hired (after leaving the company for a few years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are no corporate-wide program for the retention of top talent. Managers are given a bonus pool for their entire team, and try to use this pool as best they can to reward top-performers. Very little people leadership with top executives. LJE is not a very inspirational person...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Slow and very conservative, no performance review or salary raise for LONG time!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Stable job, smart people, work-life balance, benefits

    Cons

    No matter how excellent you perform you don't get raise or even praise, NO SALARY RAISE FOR 3+ YEARS OR ANY BONUSES. No motivations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is appraisal review every year but there should be salary or compensations review or raise for employees who are performing excellent or extra ordinary jobs. And there should be personal growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Can be a 'human grinder' environment

    Former Employee - Director  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many smart people and provides an excellent pedigree for future employment beyond

    Cons

    New management coming in from HP are cutting many benefits and are primarily focused on HW/Sun

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cloud Cloud Cloud

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Meh

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager  in  Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, work/life balance

    Cons

    Extremely corporate, far too many people, processes, nothing ever simple to accomplish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to keep good talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Oracle

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    Current Employee - Group Manager  in  Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Talented People, stable large company

    Cons

    Compensation increase does not meed inflation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    A hard place to stay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President, Engineering  in  Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Vice President, Engineering in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    very talented people on many levels. good benefits.

    Cons

    centralized top-down management with high degree of politics and in-fighting. getting a budget is meaningless, almost all decisions are reviewed by every level of management to CEO. Red tape. Lots of enemies on the outside. Engineers are prevented from trying non-Oracle innovative technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less micro management, less greed at the top (and I am not talking about Larry), be more generous to engineering talent. get rid of co-presidents.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No Career Growth

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Consultant in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. If you are lucky, you will find great people to work with.

    Cons

    No Career Growth
    Poor Compensation/No Pay hikes for years
    No scope to change teams unless you have contacts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut down on the redundant management roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    It all depends where your at!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I have been working at Oracle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great, no micro managing, and access to lots of senior people. But I'm in a unique position which allows that. I have a boss that give me autonomy, and support from senior leaders to act in the best interest of my program.

    Cons

    The internal bureaucracy is horrible. Internal systems such as expense reporting, procurement, tech support, and any other system for employees is garbage. Employee apps are crap, and internal software is dated and not intuitive. Compensation is slightly below average for tech companies, but not for other Fortune 500's

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the internal system, don't make it so hard for the rank and file to get help. Use our own commercial products to help make employees more productive. Give raises, treat your people like you want them to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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