When Bob majored inpsychology in the mid ‘70s, he didn’t really know what he wanted to do with hislife. Then one day his father, who had been exposed to computers while workingfor Bell Telephone, told him: “Make sure you take a few computer courses,because that’s the up and coming thing now.” And so Bob did. And he ended upliking that much more than psychology, to the point of pursuing a career incomputer science. He’s never looked back since.
Of course, finding one’sprofessional calling is one thing, but finding where to put that calling togood use is another. In Bob’s case, years passed before he found such a place. Whileworking at IBM, his former boss got in touch with him and offered him a job atOracle. “The offer was just superior to anything that I could have gotten,”confides Bob. Today, he works as a Software Developer for Oracle’s NationalSecurity Group.
Besides arriving at a placewhere his skills, knowledge and passion would be useful and have a profoundimpact, Bob realized he was working with like-minded individuals. “My coworkersare the sharpest I’ve ever had in my entire career,” says Bob. “The people herehave both experience and knowledge,” he adds. And although this stimulatingatmosphere is great for an ever developing professional like Bob, he found thatthere was more to love about working at Oracle than the camaraderie.
“There’s a lot of trust andautonomy, I’m not micromanaged; they trust me to do the job I’m supposed todo,” comments Bob about Oracle’s work culture. “The flexibility of being ableto work from home and deal with commutes is a way that management trusts theiremployees to get the job done,” he says about the things that amount to hissatisfaction with his job. This kind of treatment is not only cherished by Bob,but by all of Oracle’s employees; which is why Bob is determined to bring hisbest, in order to keep his place in the company.
“The best thing I can do forOracle is to become the most valuable employee for them, to become even morefamiliar and develop expertise in all the different Oracle technologies webring,” states Bob. Almost two years have passed since he became a part of theOracle National Security Group, and judging by his conviction, he’ll continueto be an important part of this dynamic team.
Interested in joining the Oracle National Security Group? Learn more about current available opportunities by reaching out to Lucas Jaramillo here.