2019 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
Lots of talent and great technology
Flexible work schedules
Aggressive corporate culture
Salary increases are slow
Difficult to move up
It's impossible to get 108,000 employees to agree on anything, but most say Oracle is a good place to gain experience and make a living.
About Oracle Corporation
Oracle provides products and services that address enterprise information technology (IT) environments. The enterprise software company offers a range of cloud-based applications and platforms as well as hardware and services to help companies improve their processes. Oracle's applications center on enterprise resource planning, data management, collaboration, content and experience, business analytics, IT operations management, security, and emerging technologies. In recent years, Oracle has aggressively expanded through acquisitions that have helped build its cloud offerings. The company's mainstay product has been Oracle Database, one of the most popular corporate database offerings. More than half its revenue comes from international customers. The company was founded in 1977 and the founder was Larry Ellison.
The company operates three segments: cloud and license business, hardware business and services business.
Oracle's cloud and license businesses generates nearly 85% of its sales. It engages in the sale, marketing and delivery of applications and infrastructure technologies through cloud and on-premise deployment models including cloud services and license support offerings; and the cloud license and on-premise license offerings. The company's on-premise software brands are Siebel, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards, and the Oracle E-Business Suite.
Oracle is moving its products to cloud computing environments, where customers can access programs from multiple locations and devices. The company's cloud applications are Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud, Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud, Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, and Oracle Data Cloud. Its Autonomous Database is cloud software with machine learnings capabilities.
About 10% of Oracle's sales come from its hardware business, which includes infrastructure technologies consist of hardware products and certain unique hardware-related software offerings including Oracle Engineered Systems, enterprise servers, storage solutions, industry-specific hardware, virtualization software, operating systems, management software, and related hardware services, including hardware support at the customer's option.
Oracle also offers helps customers and partners maximize the performance of their investments in Oracle applications and infrastructure technologies. In addition, services offerings include consulting services, advanced customer services and education services. Those businesses account for less than 10% of Oracle's revenue.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California, Oracle operates facilities in the US, including a factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, and overseas.
Oracle has a wide geographic distribution of customers. Those in the US generate about 45% of sales. The other countries for which the company breaks out sales – the UK, Japan, Canada and Germany – each account for 5% or less. The other 170-some countries with Oracle customers account for more than 35% of the company's sales.
Sales and Marketing
Oracle uses direct and indirect channels including independent distributors and value-added resellers to market and sell its products and services. The companies that comprise Oracle's indirect channel network are members of the Oracle Partner Network. In addition, customers include businesses of many sizes, government agencies, and educational institutions.
The company has customers in a range of industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, financial, technology, manufacturing, hospitals, oil and gas, retail, telecommunications, and utilities.
Advertising expenses, were $178 million, $169 million and $138 million in fiscal 2020, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
After several years of uneven revenue, Oracle Corp.'s sales rose in the past three years, although in 2020 it decreased by 1%.
In 2020 (ended May), Oracle's revenue fell $438 million to about $39.1 billion. The small decrease was primarily to the decrease on their operations in Americas and EMEA by 1% and 2%, respectively.
Net income slid down to $10.1 billion in 2020 from $11.1 billion in 2019. The decrease was primarily due to the increase on their provisions for income taxes and also a decrease on their revenue.
Oracle's coffers held $37.2 billion in cash in 2020 compared to $20.5 billion in 2019. Operating activities generated $13.1 billion in 2020 and investing activities provided $9.8 billion, while financing activities used $6.1 billion for payments for repurchases of common stock and repayment of borrowings.
Providing choice and flexibility to Oracle customers as to when and how they deploy Oracle applications and infrastructure technologies is an important element of their corporate strategy. The company believe that offering customers broad, comprehensive, flexible and interoperable deployment models for Oracle applications and infrastructure technologies is important to their growth strategy and better addresses customer needs relative to their competitors, many of whom provide fewer offerings, more restrictive deployment models and less flexibility for a customer's transition to cloud-based IT environments.
Oracle's investments in, and innovation with respect to, Oracle products and services that the company offer through their cloud and license, hardware and services businesses are another important element of their corporate strategy. In fiscal 2020, 2019 and 2018, the company have invested $6.1 billion, $6.0 billion and $6.1 billion, respectively, in research and development to enhance their existing portfolio of offerings and products and to develop new technologies and services.
Mergers and Acquisitions
In 2020, Oracle announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire LiveData Utilities. The acquisition extends Oracle Utilities' Network Management System by adding a long-standing partner that provides leading operational technology (OT) middleware solutions and SCADA capabilities to monitor and control utility equipment while reducing the complexity of real-time systems. The transaction is now closed and the LiveData Utilities team will join the Oracle Utilities organization.
In 2019 Oracle acquired Brazil-based Oxygen Systems, to widen its footprint in Brazil and expand business with small and medium businesses in the country. Oxygen, a spinoff of Chile-based IT integrator Sonda, localizes Oracle's Netsuite enterprise resource planning software for small and medium businesses.
In late 2019, Oracle agreed to acquire CrowdTwist, the leading cloud-native customer loyalty solution to empower brands to offer personalized customer experiences. The CrowdTwist solution offers over 100 out-of-the-box engagement paths, providing rapid time-to-value for marketers to develop a more complete view of the customer. CrowdTwist team will join the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud organization.
Larry Ellison, Robert Miner, Bruce Scott, and Edward Oates founded System Development Laboratories in 1977 to create a database management system according to theoretical specifications published by IBM. Ellison had studied physics at the University of Chicago but dropped out in the 1960s to seek his fortune in Silicon Valley. He was part of the team that developed the first IBM-compatible mainframe. Miner, an experienced programmer, was the main developer of Oracle's database manager, which was able to run on many computer brands and was introduced in 1979. The company also changed its name that year to Relational Software.
In 1983 the company changed its name again, this time to Oracle, in order to more closely align itself with its primary product. Oracle went public in 1986 and within two years had a 36% share of Uncle Sam's PC database market. It also added financial management, graphics, and human resource management software.
500 Oracle Pkwy
Redwood City, CA 94065-1677
Phone: 1 (650) 506-7000
Employer Type: Publicly Owned
Stock Symbol: ORCL
Stock Exchange: , NYSE
Executive Chairman and CTO: Lawrence J. Ellison
Vice Chairman: Jeffrey O. Henley
CEO: Mark V. Hurd
Employees (This Location): 2,300
Employees (All Locations): 135,000
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