- 4.021 Oct 2014Technical Analyst III (Support)Former Employee, more than 8 yearsDenver, CO
Every group/division can be different in how they treat their employees, but I'd say overall there is very good atmosphere of trust and fairness. There is a strong focus on education, and they reimburse for outside classes taken (Up to 5k/year I think). Benefits are good, and I'd say quite competitive in the market. Good 401K matching (they'll contribute a max of 3% of your 6% or greater). Free drinks in the breakroom. Flexibility to work from home at times. (If you live 50+ miles away from an office you can work full-time from home...policy).
They don't try to make the workplace anything special (maybe a pool table and arcade game are cliche or gimmicky?). In the 10 years I've worked there, they've given 2 measly %1 cost of living raises (this is the same with most everyone I've spoken to, some don't get any raises). You will not get a substantial raise ever, unless you leave then get rehired on (they will not match offers, better to leave). New employees that you train will make 10 - 20K more than you several years after you hire on (not just me, they do this to all tenured employees). They will give these untrained, less experienced people higher titles (again this is done to everyone not just me). You learn pretty quickly that you're dispensable. The company has billions in cash and they don't re-invest in their employees, just in acquiring new companies and hiring new people that know nothing that you get to train.1304
- 3.022 Nov 2023Instructor/Sr. Manager Training DevelopmentFormer Employee, more than 10 years
Smart, interesting colleagues. Opportunity to learn about excellent but very complex products. Great resume entry. Good insurance and stock buys options. Oracle used to have the philosophy, “Find all your smartest friends and get them to come work here.”, but I haven’t heard anyone say that in more than a decade.
In the 15+ years I was there, most of the time we had headcount and salary freezes. I started as a trainee, but despite more than qualifying was never given promised non-trainee status and $25k raise because of constant freezes. Getting re-hired for an open position took eight months because of freezes. To get a promotion I had to leave the company for a few years. The team I came back to never saw raises, not even COLA, and our team was paid noticeably under professional averages. I had some great managers, very admirable, who also weren’t getting raises. Constant posturing and direction changes for Wall Street but not much substance support. Frequent layoffs so no one felt secure. Toward the end of my tenure they removed support for a large percentage of paying customers who didn’t want to move to the Cloud (often for very good reasons). Oracle will take all of your time if you let it - it’s up to you to draw life boundaries and hope your manager will support you. It used to be a much more diverse place, but once the post-1990’s layoffs started it’s become whiter and more male.