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Oracle

Mission: Provide complete SaaS applications suites for ERP, HCM, among other things.
Location: Redwood Shores, California
Employees: 165661
Funding: Public Company - Market Cap $189.08 billion

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Q: How commonly do managers hold one-on-ones with their team members at Oracle?

Q: What does Oracle do to integrate hires?

Q: Has your culture shifted over the years?

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Global Key Account Director
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Oracle Salaries

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Top 25%
$92,900
Average
$84,700
Bottom 25%
$54,500

Testimonials

What employees at Oracle think about working there

“When you start working for Oracle you start with a great base salary, but as the years go on it feels like Oracle does everything they can to not give you a raise. The largest raise I've gotten was 3%, and I've consistently gone above and beyond to help in anyway I could.”
“Working for Oracle is an OK job if what you value is job security, but if you want to do something productive with your work, this is not the place. Our products are very often behind what the market is asking for, our solutions don't integrate with anything, even our own other products, and we just move way too slowly as an organization to be proactive on anything.”
“Make sure you negotiate your starting salary, that's the salary you will probably have for the rest of your career at Oracle. The only way to get an increase is if you leave the company to work for a competitor, and then come come back to Oracle with your new salary.”
“I've worked at smaller companies in the past and what I love about working for Oracle is you're actually able to have good work-life balance, something I never experienced during my start-up life. When you compare the pace of work though, Oracle is the epitome of a slow organization with lots of red tape and beauracratic processes.”
“If the only thing you value from your employer is the ability to work from home, than Oracle is a great place for you. Besides this benefit the company has a pure focus on the bottom line, especially in the sales and business development areas. Middle-management is often incompetent and there's not much ability for career progression.”

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Strong brand and place to start your career

There are many great things you get for working at Oracle. The professional and innovative company has helped companies completely shift their business processes to be more efficient in ways they never thought imagineable. Because of the work I did at Oracle, I was able to land a dream consulting job for information system implementation.
Oracle has given me the opportunity to work for a company that's respected and known world wide. I've had the opportunity to work on all types of software used by governments and some of the biggest corporations, and our work directly helps people to make their work more efficient.

Little opportunities for salary growth

I really wish that people had warned me that Oracle rarely promotes from within, and almost never give you raises. Being stuck on a minute increase from the salary you started at after years of professional growth and helping the company is very frustrating to deal with day by day.
When you start at Oracle they give you a very strong base salary that reflects sometimes more than what you think you're worth. It really makes you feel valued and engaged by the company, but over time you realize that you're opportunity to increase that base salary are very limited, and you'll most likely be stuck with that one for a long time.

Many internal processes

Working for Oracle means dealing with los of red-tape and beauracratic processes to get anything done. If you want management to change, expect it to take months to hear anything back. If you want to get information from a department, expect it to take a week.
I love coming into work co-workers, but working on 'innovative' projects that are actually products coming to market 2 years after our competitors can be very demotivating. The company is highly reactive instead of pro-active, and I feel like over time Oracle will be a company from the past, over-taken by faster moving organizations.

What's one thing you wish you'd known before joining Oracle?

“"I've been working for Oracle for the last couple years and although I've been able to build a great portfolio and buffer my resume, I really wish I'd known how difficult it is to actually move vertically within the organization, and it's very difficult to get a salary increase even if you're a top performer. One of the reasons I've seen for good employees to not get promoted is just that the middle-management is not trained well enough in managing to understand how to approach promotions. It's not just the training though, it's also because once a manager is hired, they also have to deal with their own managers, and they don't empower them to succeed or take lead of their team. What happens because of this: employees don't get promoted, and become frustrated. Managers don't know how to satisfy employees because they were hired externally and don't understand the office dynamics. Managers themselves get frustrated because they don't actually have the autonomy to lead their own team. In the end it just leads to a long line of frustration where people feel stuck in their position. Because of the minimal ability to actually get salary increases as you work here for more and more years, I would highly recommend spending time to negotiate aggressively your salary at the beginning of your job. The most salary increase you'll be getting year over year is 3%. The only opportunity to take larger steps in terms of salary is if you get promoted, which doesn't happen often. I'd also recommend joining Oracle with the mindset of 'learn a lot, get a great brand name on your resume, then jump to the next position'. "”

How can I apply to a job at Oracle?

“You can apply to Oracle through their website for specific positions either as a new graduate or for more senior roles. A great thing that Oracle offers is also applying to a specific project. You can browse through their products and ongoing projects and find the project you would most likely like to work on, submitting your resume through the website.”

How are your co-workers at Oracle?

“There are a lot of great people, in general very nice and hard working. Depending on your department though, some of the middle-management has beaten down these people to be frustrated and more on edge. Many of the A players are leaving because the company doesn't give salary increases year over year.”

What's the interview process like at Oracle?

“In an organization this large it really depends on the manager you get. The interview itself is pretty standard, asking a mix of interpersonal and technical questions. Expect the follow-up to be very slow and communication about your place in the process to not be transparent.”

How's the office morale at Oracle?

“"In general the office environment is not very positive, however it really depends on the team you'll be working with. If you're working on a great project thats innovative and actually providing strong value to the market, you're team will be highly engaged and you'll have a great experience at Oracle.

The majority of the teams and projects don't fall into this category however. A lot of the project sets at Oracle are with out-dated tech, and directly cannibalize other Oracle products. If you're in one of these teams the work environment can be very toxic. Lots of internal frustration at Oracle itself, and a hyper competitive atmosphere built on aggressive selling instead of providing value.

In these teams, the office morale is one of depressed frustration. Either you will be quickly bored by listening to customer complaints, or just feel useless for working on a project that you don't understand why you're actually working on it.

A lot of this frustration is based on middle-management. If you're unlucky to have a poor manager, it's very dificult to rise to have a good time working at Oracle. If you find out you have a bad manager, I'd recommend trying to move to a new project as quickly as possible, and find the projects that actually have good work environments. There are definitely some there, you just have to look."”

How's the work life balance at Oracle?

One of the great things about working for Oracle is that your work rarely spills over into your day to day. If you have to hit a project goal and you're behind you'll have to put in some extra work to catch up, but this rarely happens because their scheduling is usually very safe.

What benefits does Oracle provide?

Oracle provides a pretty standard set of benefits for employees, pretty good health insurance, pet insurance, and vision benefits. One thing that definitely needs improvement is the Stock Purchase Program.

If you could make changes, how would you improve the culture at Oracle?

Although your co-workers are generally smart and nice, many of the middle-management doesn't do a great job at managing. I often feel like they manage the projects, revenues, and numbers, but not any of the people who make those things work. I think this stems from how managers are rewarded. If their projects are successful, they're seen to be successful managers, but they get nothing if more of their employees are promoted than standard for example. If I could change one thing, it would be to give managers incentives to actually support their employees in their development.

What do customers of Oracle say about the company?

“"Oracle's help desk process can be very frustrating and time-consuming. When I contact for help I'll often get transfered to different departments endlessly, and the time it takes to get a response is much too long on the timeline of a business."

"One of the most frustrating things dealing with Oracle is that they have no centralized team to sell their products. When I was going through the evaluation phase to see which software I wanted to use, I was getting emails from 8 different oracle project groups and they would all try and negotiate with me for taking their product over a different Oracle product. It seems like their processes are very segregated and it's difficult to actually know which product would be best for my company."

"I've been a customer of Oracle for 13 years and I feel less confident year over year about the companies ability to help me. Oracle has tried to live in the past with a business model that basically shouts 'once you're hooked, time to take advantage of them for life'. With the large amount of SaaS options out there, I'm probably going to start looking for a enterprise software as a service that's cheaper and does the work I need to do better."”

About Oracle

Oracle provides a complete technology stack for cloud-based and data center solutions to support companies within a large range of systems and industries. Through engineering out the complexitity that stifles business innovation, Oracle is supporting companies by engineering in speed, reliability, security, and manageability in their enterprise solutions to help companies run efficiently.

Founded in 1977 by founders Bob Miner, Ed Oates, and Larry Ellison, Oracle's headquarters are in Redwood Shores, California. With over $39.5 billion in yearly revenue and 38,000 employees, Oracle has grown to be one of the top largest software makers in the world by revenue. With over 400,000 customers in more than 145 countries, Oracle has been helping companies make more efficient business decisions around the world.

Positive reviews from employees report enjoying working for Oracle because of the brand value it brings to yur resume, the flexible work environment and work from home policies, and the opportunity to learn from a smart team. Dissenting employees report being frustrated with the heavy amount of inernal processes, the low amount of pay raises, the rivalry between internal product and sales teams, and the sometimes inexperienced middle management.

Oracle has had continuous growth year over year and is a dominant player in the enterprise software industry, and as such is constantly hiring for a wide range of career areas. There are opportunities for careers at Oracle in software, hardware, product development, marketing, manufacturing, finance, consulting, sales, and more.

Values and Beliefs

Oracle's has 3 core values that are fundamental to how the company operates. They value integrity; each employee must demonstrate honesty and sound ethical behavior in all of their business transactions, and have strong integrity when dealing with each other. Oracle values Mutual Respect: Oracle employees should consistently treat everyone with respect and dignity. Oracle values Teamwork: Oracle employees work together for the collective interest Oracle as a company.

Interview Questions

*The interview process for Oracle differs heavily depending on departments and roles applied for. Some are purely by phone, while others involve watching a presentation and answering questions related to the presentation.*

Why are you interested in working for Oracle?

What projects have you done in the past?

How would you deal with a disgruntled customer?

What was a time you failed at something and how did you deal with it?

How do you handle an upcoming deadline on a project with very little progress?

History

Oracle was founded by Larry Ellison, Bob Miner, and Ed Oates in 1977 under the name Software Development Laboratories (SDL). The original company idea came from a 1970 paper that was written by Edgar F. Codd on relational database management systems (RDBMS). He recognized that IBM was entering the space through an article in the IBM Research Journal, and they recognized if they were able to build compatible systems, they could huge market share in the future. The company then changed its name to Relational Software, Inc (RSI) in 1979, and then again to Oracle Systems Corporation in 1982 because of its core product offered, the Oracle Database.