Oracle
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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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Oracle CEO and Director Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

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  • "The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good"
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  • "The work life balance is a trade off offered for lesser than industry average growth"
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A miniscule cog in a massively huge corporate machine

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Reading, England

I worked at Oracle

Pros*Great colleagues
*Flexible work environment (working from home, shifted hours)
*Flexible benefits (purchase extra vacation days, healthcare levels etc)
*There is a bonus scheme but of course varies depending on if you are in sales or support

Cons*Too much process for customer and support engineer to overcome to work effectively together
*Engineers constantly pushed to "do more with less"
*Accountability constantly being pushed down to those working "at ground level"
*Virtual training classes promoted over classroom training
*Profit more important than technological innovation
*"Self service" culture endemic, IT support, HR, Personnel services etc. driven through anonymous web portals. A faceless experience for both employee and customer IMHO
*The work-from-home policy not 'managed' such that office-social-contact is critically impaired
*Limited career progression. A combination of limited positions available and process targeted management which means that a manager does not have the time or the inclination to help with employee programs such as 'mentoring' or 'professional development'.
*The emphasis appears to be to allow good talent to leave rather than to investigate if they can be encouraged to stay
*"Tick box" culture widespread presumable because the company is so huge that they need to keep account of things somehow

Advice to Senior ManagementOracle I ask you to:
* Resist destroying the culture of an acquired company but adopt the good things
* Stop buying-in technology but innovate yourselves. You have so much talent in-house who can make great products and provide the services to match
* Truly integrate and embrace those companies you have acquired. All I saw were 'ghettos' of personnel from previously acquired companies occupying floors in a building. It may have said Oracle on the building, but you could quite easily put 'Pillar' or 'Sun' on each floor.
* Rationalise the amount of process which the employees need to work through to get their job done effectively and with minimum stress to their customers. Some of course is necessary but think about what you are really trying to monitor.
* If you see good talent leaving ask why and if there is something which can be done to change their minds
* Ditch the "self service" culture where possible. Encourage people talk to each other when there is a problem, not a portal, bring some humanity back to people's jobs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Encouraged to over deliver, though any tangible return on discretionary effort applied is non existent.

Solution Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Oracle

ProsFast changing company , highly acquisitive , lots of new virtual teams to work with , access to good products and supporting collateral, the Oracle brand opens doors.

ConsPay grade changes are prohibited. Over delivering in a role is at the employees expense. HR processes are non resistant. "investing in people" is an alien concept. only Sales and Development are respected , the remainder is 'over head'. Attrition remains in low single digits , giving the corporation the upper hand in managing Human Capital.

Advice to Senior ManagementGenuinely and meaningfully appraise (through reward and rebuke) the human capital of the corporation. Be more proactive in identifying corporate bullying. Establish respect principles at all levels of management.

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nice place to work

Analyst (Current Employee)
City of London, England

I have been working at Oracle

Proscomfortable and convenient working environment for staff. very nice place to work. can ask for any better option. nice place

Conscant think of anythin at all at the moment. i am very comfortable with the way things are being run

Advice to Senior Managementcant think of anythin at all at the moment. i can't offer any better solutions or better ways to run the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disappointing and not as rewarding as a long ten-year stint should have been

Senior Consultant (Former Employee)
London, England

I worked at Oracle

ProsReasonable compensation, fairly ok benefits

ConsDirty politics at senior management levels

Advice to Senior ManagementNone

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not much in terms of career advancement with decent salary

Principal Consultant (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Oracle

ProsGreat industry knowledge and has a solid product offering (utilities). Most people are knowledgeable with the product and have the passion to deliver the best solution.

ConsQuite a bit of bureaucracy to get things approved. Some policies are not quite appropriate for travelling consultants. Promotions and increases are hard to come by

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove relationship with partners to provide expertise and implementation knowledge properly during product implementation. Partners tend to deliver sub-standard output

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Glad to not have to work there anymore

Administrative (Former Employee)
Reading, England

I worked at Oracle

ProsCompensation and benefits not bad, canteen good if expensive

ConsUnpleasant atmosphere, disappointing leadership, zero direction, great if you are a mindless drone

Advice to Senior ManagementValue your talanted staff or people will be off to the competition

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work. Excellent people

Technical Consultant (Former Employee)
City of London, England

I worked at Oracle

ProsDifferent tecnologies. Expansive helpful network

ConsA lot to keep up with, so many companies bought and having to be conversant with their technologies

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Software giant

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Reading, England

I have been working at Oracle

Prosglobal company with a recognisable brand offering a wider career path for an extenive range of disciplines. flexible working conditions.

ConsThe company is steeped in processes that dramatically slows down sales cycles. Does not appear to be flexible to accomodate new ideas or business practices.

Advice to Senior ManagementOracle appears to be hierachy driven me requiring extensive communication before answrs can be obtained. It is easy to get lost with the intenral mechanics

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Senior Technical Support Engineer (Current Employee)
Reading, England

I have been working at Oracle

Proswork life balance
work from home
higher management is good

Conssalary is less
no team events

Advice to Senior Managementnone

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Wouldn't recommend anyone work here, unless in sales.

Marketing (Former Employee)
Reading, England

I worked at Oracle

Proslocation in the UK was ok, free bus service to the town at lunchtime; flexible benefits scheme to purchase extra holiday, dental plan etc. Cycle to work scheme, many canteens to choose from, free parking.

Conspoor management and direction from senior members, no real structure for reviews, salary increases or advancement. poor salary/bonus in comparison to other companies. poor communication from other departments. unless you are in a sales role, you don't matter.

Advice to Senior Managementtreat everyone across all functions and disciplines whatever their level or location the same. Sales people should not be on a pedestal, other people matter too.. sort out the pay structure in non sales departments and give people pay rises, 4+ now without and counting.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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