It feels great to join Oracle Headquarters at Redwood Shores. My journey began in December when I was selected for Oracle on Day 1 of IIT Delhi campus placements for this location. This was the first year that oracle came to IITs for direct recruitment for the Redwood Shores office. It was really exciting for me and there was quite a buzz in the campus. I was on cloud nine when I came to know that I was the only one selected from IIT Delhi.
My formal offer letter came in January and my visa process started. I was in touch with my Hiring Manager the whole time from Jan,2014 onwards. It was really nice of him to answer all my queries, some even during odd hours. All the legal paperwork for Immigration was taken care by BAL and they told me that as soon as I complete my degree requirements, they would file for the visa application. In 2nd week of May, after my final exams and B Tech project presentation, I got the letter from the Registrar, IIT Delhi, certifying that I have completed my degree requirements. As soon as I gave BAL the letter, I got all my documents for my visa interview within two weeks. I got my visa for USA, finished my final packing, boarded the plane and reached San Francisco on 18th June.
I joined the office the very next day, still battling the jet lag. The office is great. Huge buildings, surrounding a lake are breathtaking for any first timer. I was introduced to my manager and the team mates on the first day. My manager and team mates are very cordial. Everyone here is really friendly and they all are helping me settle in, not only in the company but in this new country as well.
Oracle offers awesome food in the cafeterias. My manager took me for lunch on my first day here, showing me around the Indian stalls in the cafeteria. I am always trying new things for lunch here. Redwood Shores is really a beautiful place. Also as Oracle runs shuttles from the campus to Caltrain stations of San Carlos and Hillsdale, I took an accommodation in San Carlos. I can just walk to the station and take the Oracle shuttle, thus making it very convenient for someone like me to get to work without a car or bike.
I have been given time to learn the development framework and the transition has been smooth. I look forward to working here and learning a lot along the way. I am confident that very soon I will be a huge asset to Oracle.