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Oracle Reviews in San Francisco, CA US

Updated Jul 24, 2014
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3.1 730 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

Oracle CEO and Director Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

(529 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work/life balance at Oracle (at least the division I work for) is quite good(in 714 reviews)

  • Work from home option is available which is very convenient during busy times(in 325 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance is a trade off offered for lesser than industry average growth(in 96 reviews)

  • The consulting practice shrunk so much that there is no career growth(in 137 reviews)

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    Good place to work

    Software Architect (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    Prostelecommute, good balance between work and family, excellent health care benefits

    ConsToo many groups to interact with for your work and things move slow due to that. Salaries average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLot of duplication of effort due to multiple business units doing same things due to large number of acquisitions. Need some central team to coordinate efficient collaboration between teams

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good working place.

    Systems Analyst (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    ProsLeisure work style, flexible schedule.

    ConsNot much to complain about.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to work

    Director (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    ProsGreat team, solid company. Very creative, interesting people. Very supportive upper management. Lots of opportunity to make a impact on the work you do. Intense work environment but a good work life balance. Can work from home often

    ConsRaises are rare, fairly structured environment. Very little training. Sink or swim culture. Can be a tough place if you are not self motivated. Lots of layers of red tape to get some basic things accomplished

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore room for advancement would help keep the good people here a lot longer no one really wants to leave but they leave for a better salary

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tax Intern (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    Prosget a better perspective of tax compliance from an industry aspect

    Conssome times monotony sets in

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tough but fair

    Applications Sales Representative (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    ProsFantastic environment for sales people. Company culture revolves around those who are customer facing and/or revenue generating - you will never lose a deal on price, and the bag grows each year thanks to an M&A strategy that benefits reps and customers alike. Oracle continues to make training and education a priority, and employees are encouraged (and given time) to develop hard and soft skills. Good upward career mobility potential - preference for internal hires who have demonstrated the ability to navigate and excel inside the Oracle machine. Good work/life balance....except near quarter-ends.

    ConsGo-to-market structure creates internal competition that shouldn't exist and is counter productive. Very process and systems intensive - overly time consuming. The recent hiring binge has shrunk territories, making it much more difficult to achieve and exceed sales quotas, causing discontent and significant employee churn. Salary increases, even when being promoted, remain elusive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company's decision to hire top university grads to inject youth and fresh thinking was a good decision, but these millennials need to be set-up for success, and in most case they are being placed into situations where they don't feel purposeful. Equally, don't look past the experienced hires - they have been the top performers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very challenging dynamic environment

    Oracle Enterprise Architect (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    ProsComprehensive technology portfolio and talent, Network of resources to rely on in a bind, Flexible working policy, work life balance, Moderate to competive pay

    ConsLarge organization - almost zero empowerment at senior management ranks. Good ideas often don't go far in terms of seeing them put in action.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRewarding employees for stellar work, Change with the times that we live in with creative out of the box ways of fostering and encouraging development of innovative solutions to address the challenging problems of today and tomorrow.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the best organization to work for

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    Prosvery stable job, good benefits, management is very competent, plenty of chances to innovate and grow, flexible working hours, good atmosphere, friendly coworkers

    Constoo many levels of approvals required to get things done, interview process is not very strict so sometime incompetent people gets in and slows everyone down

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Resistant to process changes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    ProsExcellent health and PTO benefits. Learning opportunities. International travel.

    ConsIt's is difficult to get promoted, depending on which department you are working in. I had a director tell me that although I was doing great work, I would be promoted as there was no room in our department for a manager position.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to do more to encourage and guide employees to aspire to promotions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great pay and work experience

    Senior Sales Consultant (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsThe pay was great, I negotiated a decent salary when I was hired. The work experience was good too. Expectations were very high and if you didn't perform well you were let go.

    ConsManagement seemed to retain the 9 to 5'ers instead of the 110% people. They let the hard workers burn themselves out and then laid them off.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great, Good, Bad, Awful. Don't stay too long at Oracle or it will crush your mind, your soul, your spirits!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA (US)

    ProsA good company to learn Oracle-only technologies. But the longer you stay there the worst it will be...

    Cons- Promotions are based on "performance reviews" that mean nothing to your manager if you don't have a good relationship with him/her. You can have a 5 for several reviews and still go nowhere career wise.
    - There are 7-9 levels of management above your position, which translates to a nightmare when anyone tries to do anything innovative or even beneficial to the company. It takes months to get anything approved, implemented, and tested, from IT to dev.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring micro-managers who think that their goal in life is to question everything you do.
    Empower your employees to do their work.
    Make your middle and upper managers more accountable to the company goals instead of creating their own fiefdom and operate as if it was their company and they can do anything they want to their underlings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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