Oracle Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
5,634 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    This is a good place to work. I used to be an employee of Sun Microsystems, but Oracle bought Sun.

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    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer  in  Linlithgow, Scotland
    Former Employee - Principal Systems Engineer in Linlithgow, Scotland

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Oracle is a great employer, that carefully looks after its employees.

    Cons

    It's a big company and sometimes results in things not moving fast enough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall, a good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I find the products I'm working on exciting. It's great to be working with products that are changing how we work and live.
    I work with some terrific, brilliant people, and that's one of the biggest pluses for me. The work can be challenging but the whole atmosphere is of wanting to do well.
    Oracle has a culture of trusting that people get on with their work, which suits me. I came from a clock watching environment and the way the company treats us as responsible people who don't need to be checked up on all the time was very refreshing.
    Great benefits package. You can use points to buy the benefits you want, whether that is health cover, dental plan, car leasing, or extra holiday. Or not spend the points and take it as extra money each month.
    There are opportunities for training and development. These are pointed out frequently, but it's up to you to work with your manager to work out a development plan.
    The management is supportive.

    Cons

    Very infrequent salary increases. I've only had a couple since starting to work here although the initial salary was good.
    There used to be bonuses but not any more.
    I actually can't think of many things to put in this section. Frankly, I would like more money each month, and recognition of what I do that isn't just a new job title but includes a bonus or something that could go towards an appropriate celebration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think you should consider salary reviews that has more scope for an increase every couple of years.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Self Service.....................................you on your own

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Director in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Good people, varied work. Flexible work locations

    Cons

    Very little recognition for efforts. Too political & process driven which slows everything down. New ideas and new ways of working need input from half the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dispense with the zero value adds, that take so much time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting, challenging, always busy & overloaded with limited pay

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    Current Employee - Support Manager
    Current Employee - Support Manager

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

    Pros

    job is challenging, lucky to have competent management, always need to learn, nice offices

    Cons

    limited in-class trainings, lost in a virtual team, company not investing in people, no hope for raises & such, global processes designed without proper & deep insight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    compensation for non-sales organisations are always limited, invest more in people, design policy & procedures for people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting and rewarding for a short while. Poor management. Talking about the UK here.

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    Former Employee - Principal Sales Consultant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Principal Sales Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Typically large corporation. Great benefits package related to base salary, flexible working. Some excellent people to work with on the ground and interestingly wide range of products to work with. I was there for more than 20 years and the first 10 were very good fun but, to be honest, you'd be hard pressed to make a technical career in the UK and local middle management isn't initiative based. Being a self starter is important.

    Don't stay too long. It won't be rewarding unless you fancy working through the automaton management journey.

    Cons

    Typically large corporation. No pay rises at all for 8+ years. Terrible processes and process oriented style of management. No local or middle management flexibility and initiative allowed. Most management seem to be in dread/fear of those above and those at the top are autocratic with a whiff of bullying. The uncompromising, hard-line, fear driven management style emanates from the top of the whole corporation.

    The company eschew a set of good values that are 180 degrees at odds with their practice. Sales teams largely work against each other internally so the customer sees a conflicted organisation, and some take good advantage of that. Others are stiffed.

    The occupational health team have a huge case load of stress related illness to deal with. That sort of indicates what it can be like to work here. Best to take a "don't care" attitude because if you do care about products, customers, fairness, pay, promotion and so on, you'll become another file on the health team's desk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management needs to stand up to the obviously deficient approaches taken by local and European senior management and their management policies and practices. They need to grab back local autonomy and decision making about local issues to retain local talent and improve customer relations.

    They could also do with a UK senior management team that fairly governs the different sales teams and has true accountability across all areas/products to clip the internal sales competition that works against the success of the company and their customers.

    That includes dealing with the issue of pay. People will walk away and they certainly are - to the benefit of their competitors. Profitability by internal cost cutting can only disguise weakening sales growth for so long.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Tech Company with typical large company issues

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    Current Employee - Technical Architect  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Technical Architect in London, England

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

    Pros

    great technology, lots of nice people, good work life balance
    Excellent Benefits (vacations, pension etc)

    Cons

    top down management
    no payrises
    large organization moves slowly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the people who have!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Dispite official claims, Oracle frustrates employees' development and recognitions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Low salaries but you can avoid hard work and responsibilities

    Cons

    no real career path, no salary review.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    fire the current managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Stable employer with flexible working practice

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    Current Employee - Technical Analyst III (Support)  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst III (Support) in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Flexible management style (not over your shoulder) Flexible working hours and probably the best software library you can get at the moment. Plenty of online training available. Autonomous working attitude, self service concept.
    Higher management excel at investing and in the art of finance, cash flow and customer base has currently no match in this line of business.

    Cons

    Middle management a little bit too remote and stretched. Too many procedures, as can be seen in most comments about this company. Hardly any pay rise can keep motivation low especially when performance reviews are good. Global teams means that in some departments, there is no sense of belonging to a team as there is little to no communication among employees. It appears that management recently tried to resolve this issue by suddenly discouraging home working habits but the core issue is a middle management issue, not individual contributors whose efficiency can sometimes outperform that of their peers in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe refocus on middle management without using micro management techniques, create teams managed locally. There is no global village, local communities need a sense of ownership and team spirit unless the energy crisis is over and we can fly over the world several times a month at low cost.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great flexibility, poor incentives.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer  in  Reading, England
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility with ability to work from home and even in other countries. Very relaxed work environment mostly.

    Cons

    From my experience and everyone I have spoken to - it is almost impossible to get decent raises or bonuses without leaving or changing team. Can be very frustrating seeing employees doing very little and getting paid more when you are working hard and producing work getting rave reviews with little rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into providing more incentives for employees based on performance/hard work, otherwise people will continue to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lacking in healthy, human values, creating a stressed environment. Management bullying in some departments.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Reading, England
    Former Employee - Director in Reading, England

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

    Pros

    Good company strategy, some very smart executives at the very top in HQ.
    Some very smart people to work with locally.
    Strong brand name (although not always favourable view). Facilities good.
    Flexible benefits system is the best in the industry.
    Pockets of great products which are really exciting and can make a difference to customers business.

    Cons

    Talent reviews are very subjective and down to the relationship you have with your manager. The top right hand 'quadrant' is often filled with favourites rather than the most capable/biggest contributors.

    The many separate sales teams are good from a product focus/specialisation, however they do not service the customer or the company well, as it causes much duplication of effort and difficulty in bringing together a complete solution. Everyone is competing internally for the customers budget and it can be quite ruthless when it comes to deal negotiation, all business lines are focused on their own number.

    The UK lacks a leader who has responsibility for all lines of business, with the notional country manager only really being interested in his own business, therefore they are missing an executive who will look at the bigger picture for the customer, company and employees benefit.

    While the customers have some excellent service by individuals face-to-face, they are treated second only to Oracle's own internal processes and desires. The back office staff at the low level are underpaid and overworked, some of the people in the approval chain are high on themselves and their power and seem to lack awareness that without the customer they don't have a business.

    Lack of visibility and presence in the UK of the EMEA EVP/SVP's, therefore no inspiration or leadership from the top. Which is a shame as Oracle has some inspiring senior management (although there is one which is so politically incorrect that UK management dare not let them address the UK employees again)

    No pay rises, even with promotions and additional responsibility. Wage bands so wide you can drive a bus through them. Attrition is allegedly low/on par for the market, but does anyone look at who they lose and who stays, could it be the dynamic leave and the comfortable stay?

    Lip service is paid to company values and diversity in online training, but in reality it's only the $ that counts.

    As an individual you have to be a self motivated and self supporting person, as the company really don't care about you as an individual nor about your career progression. Although they are very good about genuine illness, but the cynical may say, that this is to stay within the law...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You could make so much more money by treating people and customers with respect.
    True leadership and inspiration is required in the UK, with all of the key EVP/SVP roles being based in mainland Europe there is little/no visibility with employees in the UK. When was the last time that Loic addressed the UK team in person, he is great, but to my knowledge the only time he spoke to us all was when he was first appointed EVP many years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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