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Updated Jul 28, 2014
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3.3 5,333 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Oracle CEO and Director Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

(3,111 ratings)

65% 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 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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    Account Manager (Former Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsGreat name and recognition in industry. Training programs were also constant and continuous. In this respect they do put money into their employees.

    ConsManagement were frequently unqualified to do the job, Passion was not there from the management team and frequently individuals would get singled out and pushed out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPassion needs to be there more often than not. Frequently the suck up employees are the ones that get promoted and not the ones that show the shreds of knowledge and hard work. Too political with uneducated managers taking the helm.

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    Oracle - great place to work and learn!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsOracle provides a lot of skills and technical training. If you are willing to network and work hard - then it is a great place to work and thrive.

    ConsExpectations are high - however if you are a competent hard worker - that is not an issue!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care to have the personal touch in managing the lower level employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Inside Sales positions are micro-managed and rarely lead to advancement.

    Inside-Sales Representative (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsCompensation is generally good for the industry.

    ConsIn Inside Sales be prepared to be micro-managed, right down to who you called, in which specific minute of the day, how long you spoke, and what the revenue implications were that month.
    I worked for the education division for over a year and was regularly one of the top 3 reps (in revenues) on a monthly basis within a team of 75.
    Still, I was continually pestered about call counts/talk time etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPick employees you can trust, and you won't need to micro-manage them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work if you are looking for stability, not good if you are looking for professional growth.

    Business Development Consultant (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsIt's a global company, leader in it's field, always looking ahead, it has recognition in the market, sometimes to the level that it is overwhelming for clients.

    ConsIt's just a branch, no meaningful opportunities for professional advancement within Canada. In particular Oracle Direct, it is considered as the 'call center' of Oracle, and eventhough your senior management will be requiring you to be strategic in your work, the compensation only compensates the ones who meet the metrics (eg. average 50 calls per day, etc) If you can't deliver that on a consistent manner, you could be in serious problems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe employee capitalization index is very low (in other words, if you bring creative ideas, that could make the company substantially more productive, you might be in jeopardy of loosing your job, and your immediate managers just want to keep their semi-stable jobs). On the contrary, if you are ok just following orders without questioning your managers (without being and trusted advisor to your boss), then probably you might succeed.

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    Not for the money, just freedom.

    Senior Sales Consultant (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsI find the management team I work for is quite honest and open about issues I care about most. There is still quite a bit of openness and reception to ideas and recommendations, however to really make it go anywhere you've got to take the project on yourself and track their progress thoroughly.

    Management is also very much hands off, you are responsible for getting work done your way. If you need help, ask and most people will step up to help out. The support from resources all over the world is exceptional, you'll make many new friends.

    ConsI have never known it to be a place where there was a good balance between work and life. I find I'm always needing to work outside of regular office hours and if travel is required there is little support for your travel restrictions. This office is also simply another sub of Oracle USA, so there is no executive management present to set direction and tone. Employee support is minimal from an HR/Payrol/etc. If you want to participate is social activities, forget about it unless your team puts something together. With the exception of regular blood donor clinics there are no formally organized events.

    Constant salary and transfer/hiring freezes make it difficult to get a raise or move to another team - acquisitions and the economy are classic excuses. Apparently senior executive management is also involved in all hiring and salary adjustments making it really difficult to get anywhere on these fronts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOracle is a fairly lean machine, there is very little need for hiring/transfer freezes. Sponsorship and support of social activities would make a huge impact within the office. Consistent and regular management training in coaching and career planning may make it much easier to work for you.

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    Learn what you can and get out of there as fast as possible.

    Inside Sales (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsOracle can be a good training ground for people that has some or little sales experiences. It is a place that's very difficult for someone who's new. Most people are only there for themselves, especially, the managements. You think you could just do your honest work, sell some software, then get paid? No, you still have to battle others and people in finance to get your commission. Career path at Oracle? there isn't any. That's why this is a place that you can pick up some skills, and then get out of it. It doesn't really matter to the company that they've lost some skilled workers, they can always hire someone from outside, in a week.

    ConsThey constantly make unnecessary changes that doesn't benefit the customer, employee, nor the business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe management should really follow up and find out the overall opportunity loss that's created because of all these changes they have introduced.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Confusion

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsBig but very dynamic company. They can respond very quickly to new initiative or messaging. Agile to respond to trends in the marketplace. Leader in the marketspace. Strong people with good business acumen and related experience. Strong execution at all levels and groups.

    Conscustomers are getting very confused. Aggressive acquisitions have confused customers on how they benefit. Too many sub groups at Oracle. Sometimes go to market models conflict with other internal groups. Not everyone will look at what is best for the customer. The customer is then left to interpret on their own and figure out what solution is best for them.

    Advice to Senior Managementwork together with other Mgmnt solution areas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Clients will adopt your software and shareholders will keep their stock for decades, plan to keep your employees too.

    Senior Principal Consultant (Current Employee) Toronto, ON

    ProsProject opportunities, training, salary and benefits

    ConsClients expect a lot from you

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo much short term profit oriented these days, neglecting human resource long term training, aspirations and potentially satisfaction.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    There are better companies to work for.

    Senior Principal Consultant (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsYou can learn and get experience on Oracle technology and the new an upcoming technologies. You can get access to training and internal help with technical issues.

    ConsNot a place to be if you are looking for job satisfaction and advancement in your career. Employee morale is very low. Most employees have been getting very limited salary increases and very few employees have been promoted in the last 5-7 years. There are very limited employee benefits (e.g. the Christmas party, golf tournament, childrens Christmas party, stock purchase plan, bonuses etc. were cut or reduced during the tech meltdown in 2001/2002, and none of these benefits have returned.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo an independent employee survey to find out how unhappy most employees are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for the Resume Building ... That's about it!

    Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    Pros- Experience and looks great on a resume.

    Cons- Compensation plan linked to Field performance. If you're stuck with an incompetent Field Rep, you're screwed and will not hit your OTE. Comp plan is also tiered and if you grow your deals past the first threshold, you get paid peanuts.
    - No Career development. Dial for dollars like a trained monkey.
    - High Turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou keep asking - Why are people discouraged and there is a high turnover rate within Oracle Direct? Here's the answer:

    You keep quoting "Good to Great" principles and promote getting paid the big bucks when we close the big deals to motivate us, yet you never apply any of the things you promise! You expect us to COMMIT and bring in our numbers or we get disciplined ... Yet when you commit to everything you say and don't follow through with it or take YEARS to do it ... What do you expect from your workforce other than rightfully getting discouraged.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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