Oracle topped Dice’s list of Ideal Employers in the enterprise, followed by (in sequential order) Salesforce, SAP, and VMware, with Red Hat rounding out the top five.
When we analyzed the data from our Ideal Employer survey, Oracle didn’t make it to the top of many of the sub-lists we generated; for example, it placed tenth on the “overall” list of Ideal Employers, and didn’t rank as an Ideal Employer among tech pros who identified as developers, sysadmins, or project managers. That could be a side-effect of Oracle’s status as an enterprise company—it doesn’t have the “buzz” of a consumer-centric firm like Google and Apple, even if it builds and maintains much of the software that allows those “cool” companies to run their back-offices.
In addition, Oracle has found itself playing catch-up in the cloud, a critical business area dominated by Amazon on the infrastructure side (thanks to AWS). But even though Amazon maintains a comfortable lead in the segment, and Microsoft and Google remain strong competitors with attention-grabbing technologies, Oracle has made some gains in the cloud arena; sales of cloud products now total 16 percent of the firm’s revenue.
Whatever its position vis-à-vis the cloud wars, the fact remains that Oracle continues to power a staggering number of enterprises worldwide, and tech pros see the company as a good springboard to a bigger career: among Ideal Employers, Oracle came in second among firms where tech pros could see themselves building their skills and landing a job somewhere else. (Some three-quarters of those surveyed said they could imagine staying at the company for a long time.)
Oracle came in third among respondents who said the company could help them “make a lot of money and then pursue other interests.” Indeed, like a lot of larger tech firms, Oracle pays high salaries and offers substantial benefits—both of which were sizable factors in tech pros’ estimations of Ideal Employers.
The company is also known for hiring tech talent at a rapid clip—sometimes hundreds of new employees at a time. “We really specialize in rapid recruiting, a number of campaigns where we hire in the thousands,” said Jonn Nolitt, Global Vice President, Talent Advisory and Executive Recruiting Leadership for Oracle. “Our recruitment staff really collaborates tightly with the hiring managers, and then we have handoff teams who manage and onboard individuals. We know what they’re going towards, and we provide them with any and all resources they need, it’s all laid out very closely in front of them.”
For those tech pros who want to work with groundbreaking technology, enterprise firms are worth a second look. Even if projects don’t offer the same excitement as, say, working on the next iPhone, there’s a chance to familiarize yourself with the latest toys, including machine learning, artificial intelligence (A.I.), and cutting-edge analytics. (Salesforce, for example, is now involved in an incredible number of sub-industries, from ad management to social media marketing to online analytics.) It’s hard to get bored when you’re figuring out the most innovative uses for a new platform or tool.