Thread regarding Oracle Corp. layoffs

Can You Say Anything Nice About Oracle?

The company is bureaucratic, the leadership is interesting, and the morale low, but...

  • I can appreciate that Oracle got into the SaaS game, even if it was ridiculously late.
  • Redwood Shores and the Austin office are beautiful.
  • HR gives out pretty decent healthcare benefits.
  • The focus on DEI was always very welcoming.

Do you have anything nice to say?

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Post ID: @OP+1iUS6F97

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Honestly I had an awesome VP and worked with many smart and kind people. Received raises and RSUs almost every year. Promoted a couple times. Worked really hard and now have solid experiences for my resume.

It happens. Still happy to move on.

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Post ID: @hgew+1iUS6F97

NO! I have absolutely nothing positive to say. Oracle was a sh---y place to work. That's pretty much all there is to say.

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Post ID: @elas+1iUS6F97

The food in the Redwood Shores cafeterias was terrific. That's my "positive" contribution.

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Post ID: @3kse+1iUS6F97
Trust that whatever comes next for you will be better than, good.

That would be me, and thanks for your nice words. I'm no hero, I did what I needed to do, and made absolutely sure I never let my benefactors down. Having said that Oracle is the most toxic place I have ever worked, nobody comes anywhere near second place, I KNOW I was one of the truly lucky ones. I could not believe what other groups had to endure and it made me appreciate my situation that much more. I'd rather remember that and the good experiences than the anything else. There are plenty of bad, but I don't want any of that to diminish the good in the slightest. To me, if I do that, "they" win.

I'm fine, thank you. I did freelance for a while and now I am retired. I did OK. I'd do a freelance project or two if the opportunity presents itself, I like my work that much, but otherwise I am in a good place. I come on here from time to time to see how things are and to give (hopefully) useful advice and my perspective. I have no regrets, except maybe I stayed too long. I'd rather walk out than be carried out. But that's a minor issue.

I hope everyone gets into a similar situation and has the same work experience I did. There is little better than waking up looking forward to your day and leaving later on feeling good about yourself. Everyone should have that.

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Post ID: @3qjj+1iUS6F97

Some other good things:

  • People are generally very nice, at least in marketing.
  • Food choices in RWS were good and healthy. Pre-pandemic inflation prices.
  • Access to a lot of learning and development opportunities—certifications are great.
  • Brand recognition in the market seems to be positive.
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Post ID: @2prx+1iUS6F97

Used to be great--6/7 years ago. Went downhill rapidly--and hit the wall with the recent reorg this year. No one is happy. Not one single person in any org I've talked to--Tier1, Legal, RR, DM, the list goes on. Cutting corners in one org causes a ripple effect throughout the company. They don't comprehend this. Stop pushing people out/laying them off.

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Post ID: @2gtd+1iUS6F97

I worked for a good SVP in HCM for a bit. They both cared about their teams and got their hands dirty when it came to the work.

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Post ID: @1hkx+1iUS6F97
Can You Say Anything Nice About Oracle?

Sure, it's a POS. The reality is actually much worse than this.

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Post ID: @1ieq+1iUS6F97

There are alot of good people at Oracle.
Employees are important. Every person from the top job down are employees.
The word, employee is a positive word. Those that don't respect the word, employee might find themselves unemployed at some point so, that they can learn. Good team work is the best. I often wonder how many VPs have never experienced, good team work.
I'm glad the person that, stayed at Oracle because the insurance was good for his wife's failing health, emjopyed his work. Sadly tho, understandable that the VP hated your incredible managers. Unfortunately, bad people can't stand good people. You and your managers are the heroes and if Oracle could have had more managers and VPs like your 2 managers, there would be no layoffs.
People that, love their work most often out perform those that don't. Unfortunately, miserable people like the VP just don't get it.
Trust that whatever comes next for you will be better than, good.
Thank you for your post.
Thank you for sharing.

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Post ID: @1hwj+1iUS6F97

The facilities teams are wonderful and hardworking. Understanding our buildings have low utilization, they are still working hard. So that is a major positive.

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Post ID: @1ang+1iUS6F97

What does it say about a company, when the most pleasant people are not even employees, but contractors? Cafeteria, custodians, etc.

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Post ID: @1zpi+1iUS6F97

I work for a great director and senior director. They trusted me and I trusted them and was given interesting useful work to execute however I pleased, I was allowed to be flexible and keep my own hours. Yes, they trusted me that much and I never let them down, ever. But the VP hated them both and cut the entire department out of spite.

I had one raise in 8 years and two bonuses and my boss even apologized at how small they were. Yes the insurance was very good and at the time it was what I needed due to the failing health of my wife. I stayed for that and I liked my work so much.

Having said that I would not go back because I know I would never land into such a situation ever again. If it weren't for those two and the insurance, I would have bailed within the first two years.

SO there is your positive. I could list the negative and it would take m all day to do so. I'd rather remember the positive and remind myself they managed to ki-l that off for no good reason.

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Post ID: @1uxi+1iUS6F97

“ There's another positive - the option to work from home. “

And the privilege to pay for your own desk and chair.

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Post ID: @rvh+1iUS6F97

There's another positive - the option to work from home.

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Post ID: @gxn+1iUS6F97

“ The office buildings are nice and support staff - facilities, catering, post room and receptionists are the most genuine and friendly people there. “

Doesn’t help when you work from home.

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Post ID: @yem+1iUS6F97

some departments still got interesting work

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Post ID: @jin+1iUS6F97

They were a good company years ago. How about that?

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Post ID: @fpn+1iUS6F97

The office buildings are nice and support staff - facilities, catering, post room and receptionists are the most genuine and friendly people there.

I don’t regret joining, there’s been plenty of good moments. But I’ve felt let down by the company when it mattered most.

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