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Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated 22 November 2014
Updated 22 November 2014
6,044 Reviews
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Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good (in 844 reviews)

  • Great work from home options; Good front-line managers who support their staff (in 372 reviews)


Cons
  • No flexibility for work/life balance--no telecommuting or working from home one day (in 111 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth (in 150 reviews)

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  1.  

    You can make a Decent Living in Sales IF you exceed your sales numbers

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

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Making money, building your credibility internally. Also, being a successful Oracle salespeople is regarded positively in the rest of the industry ie If you 'make your bones' at Oracle, you will likely find more doors opened to you with other tech companies.

    Cons

    High pressure in sales: if you are a Hunter-Killer, you won't mind the relentless emphasis to exceed your quarterly numbers as much. If you prefer to focusing mostly on your own success, you'll be rewarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother? That's like trying to teach a pig to sing. Oracle leadership does what it does, has become what it is, and there is no pressing financial gain to changing the way Oracle treats its people. Product first, people third.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Big company with great benefits, less meaningful work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I worked at Oracle full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and stable progression. You knew what was coming as long you put your work in. Great transparency on promotions. Free gym and pool. Food was not free but still very good in the cafeteria. Flex time allowed to work at home or in the office. Remote work was actually preferred unless you wanted a desk. Company was very eco-minded.

    Cons

    Work was not meaningful and you didn't get to see your individual contribution towards a larger picture. Thing took 2-3 weeks to turnaround which is typical for a company of this size.

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

    Working at Oracle

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

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

    Pros

    Stable environment to work in but also, interesting as new acquisitions and additions to the portfolio open up new opportunities, challenging because you can be intellectually challenged.

    Cons

    High Pressure where it feels like you have no family life, but the biggest issue is no pay raises or promotions except on rare occasions so if you're joining Oracle make sure the compensation is something you can live with for some time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture good performers - promotions and/or pay raises

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Working at Oracle was a positive growth experience and helped lay the foundation for a career in sales.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I worked at Oracle full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Oracle has a solid training program and encourages active involvement in managing your own career path.

    Cons

    In a large company it's sometimes difficult to feel like your voice is being heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on encouraging and mentoring your young rising stars and provide incentives and bonuses to keep your best new talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good but not great for a large tech firm

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, flexible schedule (depending on group and manager), many technologies within company

    Cons

    Too many product silos, strategic direction is lacking, much churn due to constant acquisitions, no regular review cycle or feedback, internal tools are often abysmal (most notably the development framework)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tech employment market is far too competitive right now to continue skimping on employee bonuses

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Acquisitions can be tough

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, matching 401K, unlimited sick days separate from vacation, great clients

    Cons

    Lower compensation than other companies, not a great company morale, self-service is a pain and doesn't get anything done, even if urgent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    training, building company morale, fair compensation, and more room to grow within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Huge company with good benefits but with no growth in your income

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule
    Pretty good benefits
    WFH is OK

    Cons

    No income growth, no career growth, no profit sharing or yearly benefits.
    Huge management chain, so any decision should go via a long chain of approval.
    Employee will have a feeling that nobody cares about him, that actually true.
    HR / high management position- if you do not like something just go - we will find somebody overseas to replace you. There is a reason for workforce constant deterioration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying new companies; concentrate on your own employees. They are human! Make them to be proud for the company they are working for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Infrequent pay raises and no more car allowance

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

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

    Pros

    Job autonomy, workplace flexibility, variety of work, quality of co-workers, total compensation

    Cons

    Executive management continues to reduce benefits (i.e. loss of car allowance), infrequent pay raises (only 1 in 10 years).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While Oracle is a good place to work, executive management is very highly compensated, yet individual contributors are rarely given raises and continue to have perks reduced. Consider stock option awards, as the younger companies continue to offer this even to the individual contributors. We continue to lose some of our best people to other companies due to a perception that many are replaceable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Simple

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Member of Technical Staff in Redwood City, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Large organization, Stability (kind of), Work/Life Balance, Cloud Computing

    Cons

    Career Opportunities (Many proprietary technologies)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I worked as a remote employee for 6 months.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Designer in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I worked at Oracle (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are a solid company, opportunities for growth and moving up there. You can see your work implemented on their products seen by many of their customers.

    Cons

    The creative team I worked with was not the best design team. Their approach to design was clunky and their final work was not to bring something to a beautiful resolve, but to meet a deadlines and fill a quota. Not the best atmosphere to create great looking work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try not to have so many peoples hands in the creation of design. There is absolutely no need for it, it convolutes the design process and wastes way too much time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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