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  1.  

    I learnt a lot but it wasn't a very efficient place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Nice team of people.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic direction within the business unit.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Shocking Graduate Program

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Graduate Trainee in Melbourne

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

    Pros

    - Often no guidance, so you can come late and leave early
    - Easy to get in to
    - Oracle will look good on your resume when you leave
    - Almost 100% of the grads leave and manage to get a job somewhere else, where they might actually enjoy (there are almost no past grads still working here)

    Cons

    - Low salary and policies in place to prevent you having more than 10% increase, although even if that policy was in place, you wouldn't get an increase more than inflation because management will not approve it
    - the graduate manager will meet you in the first week and then not have anything to do with you for the rest of the program and the manager of your rotation will not want to have anything to do with you
    - not really much opportunity for growth and learning because no one will allocate any resources to you
    - the average age is over 40 so there is no real social feeling in the office
    - the different lines of business are very separate from each other which makes for lack of team spirit and difficulty in internal process with working together

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Provide Grads opportunities for growth and development
    - Only hire as many grads as you have the capacity to mentor
    - Implement a payment increase plan, unique to grads, that ignores the raise-limit, so that after the program, grads have the opportunity to work their way up to market rate as their competencies develop (that way, you won't be training people up for other companies)
    - Wake up, and see what's happening around you. There is no way to retain Grads, post-program, with the current conditions. They're not stupid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Freedom in determining own work compensates to some extend to the major flaws of the organisation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Sales Consultant in Sydney
    Current Employee - Principal Sales Consultant in Sydney

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    - Freedom to determine and schedule own work
    - Huge product portfolio and varies trainings for new products

    Cons

    - Frustrating product strategy
    - Planning horizon is "end of this quarter"
    - Minimal pay raises
    - Chaotic organisational setup

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Oracle is an interesting place to work as a true global organisation.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Melbourne

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    There are plenty of highly experienced people.
    Possible to move from one job or position to another.
    Always loads of new things to learn.

    Cons

    Working cross LOBs is frustrating
    An employee is one amongst thousands
    Middle management has little decision power
    Driven by revenue generation and margin

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging, but worthwhile

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in North Sydney
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in North Sydney

    I worked at Oracle

    Pros

    great people who are excellent at what they do
    great benefits relating to healthcare especially
    flexible work arrangements
    not micromanaged

    Cons

    very procedural
    siloed
    difficult to know where to get answers
    inflexible regarding customers and how they are treated
    not good at handling acquisitions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication with your staff
    360 degree reviews needed
    less favouritism
    less boys club mentality
    need to let staff make more decisions with more flexibility

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Demoralizing Oracle's Work Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Melbourne

    I worked at Oracle

    Pros

    Few intelligent and hard working consultants and managers are keeping the Melbourne Practice afloat.

    Cons

    There are too many politicians and goofers in Oracle who have been there for long and only god knows how they are managing to hold on to their jobs when the deserving and billable consultants are being laid off by jerk Practice Directors.

    Sr. Management in Sydney and Singapore are aloof of what the hell is happening on ground in Melbourne. All they care about is their freaking Gross Margin. NO Work Life balance, Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun are the same. No respect for time as you would get calls at odd hours with unrealisitc deadlines and expectations. They expect you to have no spouse or kids and devote all your time to Larry's empire in contributing to their gross margin.

    No salary hikes in 2-3 years due to the (ha ha ha ...G F..ing C; Global Financial Crisis) yet Oracle has managed to post increasing profits in past 2-3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and smell the coffee. The good consultants and Project Managers in Melbourne were laid off by an incompetent Practice Director. I don't need to be telling you this but he brought no new business to the company and instead demoralized the team to such an extent that many good people left and many more were fired to show low operating costs by this jerk P.D.

    Melbourne consulting practice is dead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Enjoyable....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Technology Consulting in Perth, Western Australia

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Can-Do Attitude, Wealth of information, Anything is possible, Life is not boring with all the acquisitions, Some flexibitily

    Cons

    Management is not empowered, Still in it's infancy when it comes to Business Consulting and Enterprise Architecture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your people. Action speaks louder than long-term promises

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Skywire

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Sydney

    I worked at Oracle

    Pros

    Small and Friendly working environment

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the value of employees

  10.  

    Oracle Australia...Management mired in protecting their jobs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Director in Melbourne

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    Oracle is a really good company to work for...because you really have a lot of rope to go out and achieve what you have been hired to achieve

    Cons

    Senior Management, especially in the APAC office, is pathetic. Most wouldnt know how to manage themselves, let alone the large teams they have to.
    The worst Management comes from India and China.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Management go back to people who know how to manage...not upstart managers from India and China.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Life on the inside is only as dull as you want it to be.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in Melbourne
    Current Employee - Senior Support Engineer in Melbourne

    I have been working at Oracle

    Pros

    There is nothing quite like being on the inside. Access to uncensored bug and Service Request information, development sites and product development personnel, opportunities to participate in beta tests. Growth through acquisition means there are new potential areas to explore all the time, and what's best is that they come to you, and naturally are best of breed.

    Some of the brightest and hardest working people that I've ever come across work at Oracle.

    Cons

    It's a behemoth. There's a desk manual but each global centre tends to do things its own way. Everything is driven by statistics and we all know about lies, lies, and more statistics. Immediate management tend to be drawn from the workers themselves, and as such often don't get the respect that management deserves; they are also stuck between a rock and a hard place - the people they manage were once peers and friends, but now they have to do The Management Thing and that's not easy if it means reprimanding a buddy. And guess what ... the buddies know it.

    Oracle is also a place where the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Make some noise, get some attention. Don't expect to get recognised for your brilliance alone.

    Some of the thickest and laziest people that I've ever come across work at Oracle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at how each centre operates. Are the "low cost" centres really all that valuable? Sure the people are cheap, but does employing an army of foot soldiers equate to a few highly skilled commandos

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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