Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 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.  

    Fast Paced, Young, Energetic Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Good Salary for the Area
    - Young Work Environment
    - Amazing Training Program

    Cons

    - A lot of red tape and processes to get basic tasks done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Challenges (and rewards!) you everyday

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

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

    Pros

    Love coming to work everyday with my peers/mentors. Team environment where you are ultimately in the driver's seat of your own career.

    Cons

    Difficult to navigate all of the internal processes- could be made easier but that's to expect with such a large company, right?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee training and growth. I already think that Oracle does a great job at recognizing successful employees, but this could be another useful area to consider.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoying my first months at Oracle

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

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

    Pros

    So far my experience at Oracle has been good. The six week training program was world class and Oracle really invests a lot of time and money trying to make sure they prepare their employees for real work responsibilities. As a sales consultant there is a need to learn a lot of products and the product trainings with sales pitches afterwards really helped keep you on your toes and wanting to learn more and more about the product. Its a real self service company meaning that if you want to succeed you have to do what you can to make it, if you're comfortable with just doing the bare minimum then you can get by doing that but you will not move up in your career.

    Cons

    Since I just started my job, I have yet to find any cons associated with working here. A job is a job and I'm really thankful for having one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    So far so good, excited to be here and looking to excel my career at Oracle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good place to work, but hard to get into, and little salary growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Could be a decent company depending on what your priorities are

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    In my team I have great work life balance. There are plenty of offices all around the country so you can work remotely from other offices if management approves. The engineering peers are very pleasant to deal with.

    Cons

    There are plenty of teams which have high stress jobs. You don't tend to find many young professionals here because of the extremely poor bonuses and hikes (sometimes zero irrespective of performance) once you are hired. Most people stay because they have been in Oracle for 10+ years and have gotten comfortable doing what they do. Hikes are not tied to promotion so I have been promoted thrice but my pay has kind of remained same in the past six years. Most new hires would be paid much higher than me now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every good young professional I personally knew in the last six years has left for other bay area companies. Only mediocre new hires or people who need a lot of flexibility tend to stay on at Oracle. Generously rewarding upper management year after year at the expense of engineers will leave you a company full of mediocre engineers who produce substandard products. You should not be surprised when organic innovation is terrible and M&A is the only way out. If you hire the best talent from top universities and then forget about them, the effort spent on hiring them is wasted.

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

    Don't care about turnover

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

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

    Pros

    If you can get into a management level or higher, you probably will get paid a lot to do nothing. HQ has a nice gym.

    Cons

    They don't care about turnover, especially lower level employees. Every department is like a different company. Some departments are good and people like their group, most departments are bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create job rotation and care about turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very Good & Very Bad

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

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

    Pros

    - Great experience & exposure to fantastic people
    - You will learn a ton if you just try and get after it
    - Fantastic brand recognition and products
    - Great training, university reimbursement, etc.

    This was my first professional job out of college. Overall, I loved my experience since you meet a ton of people in the Oracle system. The brand recognition of the company as well as Oracle having some very strong products.

    In addition, my goal was to build a good foundation in Sales, and Oracle has some remarkable training and professionals in this space that really help you become a better leader.

    Cons

    - The time-consuming processes
    - The leadership & management team says they enjoy promoting within the company and developing their workforce, however I have only seen this happen maybe 10-15% of the time in reality especially for their Co-Prime positions. Thus, leaving most people to leave Oracle, and the company having to re-train and on-board more folks.
    - The goal alignment among the sales teams can be a ton better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Align the goals of the various sales teams,
    - Develop and train your new hires and workforce
    - promote your workforce when appropriate

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Program Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Solid medical benefits are available at Oracle.

    Cons

    Average annual pay raise over 5 year ~0.2%;
    A solid high bonus is $1,000 (ie, 0.8%); bonuses are 'merit based' (ie, 20% of the group gets a annual bonus.)
    Massive amounts of work and new assignments undercut training.
    Overtime is neither rewards or acknowledged (1,000 hours on one project); 2 'thank yous' from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Competitive market analysis on benefits would reveal significant deficiencies

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Corporation with resources not people

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

    I worked at Oracle full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent medical insurance, working from home allowed, good people, decent life-work balance

    Cons

    No long term direction, no bonuses or raises for years, no recognition of any kind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Award people or at least recognize. They are not just replaceable resources

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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