Viktorija is a Senior Site Reliability Developer in London, working remotely with the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure hub in Lithuania. She joined the company in Lithuania as part of Oracle’s acquisition of start-up Zenedge in 2018. In the 5 years that she has been with Oracle/Zenedge, the changes in her tasks and responsibilities have given her the opportunity to increase her knowledge and expand her skillset. With her growth, she has been able to set new goals and work on IaaS and PaaS solutions that are more complex, paving the way for a successful career as a woman in technology.
Join Viktorija as she takes you through her journey from a start-up to an international enterprise. Discover the career development she enjoys at Oracle, and learn from her experience to join our team in Lithuania as a Software Engineer or Software Developer.
From the start-up life to life at Oracle
Prior to the acquisition of Zenedge, Viktorija’s perception of Oracle was not that of an industry leader. “When I would hear or read about Oracle, I imagined it to be an old IT company using outdated technology, and not up with today’s tech stack,” she remembers. “Once I started my on-boarding and got to know Oracle from the inside, I realised it wasn’t at all as I’d expected. Here, I work with advanced engineers with years of different kinds of experience under very strong leadership.”
Having worked at a start-up prior to joining Oracle, Viktorija went through an interesting transition, where she discovered the advantages of working in an international technology company with a start-up mentality at its core. “Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s core values of working from the ground up, moving fast, and never shying away from risk, are very strong and very well implemented in our day-to-day. Work culture here is very structured, with lots of experience and best practices applied when delivering changes to customers,” she says. “This was a big difference for me, compared to a start-up culture where there are a lot less documented processes and guidelines. With Oracle, the direction is clear; it helps us as a team to plan changes more thoroughly and deliver competent products. Our company culture guides us to make sure that products have up-to-date security patches, and routine training helps everyone in the team be on the same page.”
Finding the support to excel
As a Senior Site Reliability Developer, responsible for verifying back-end releases, Viktorija finds in Oracle’s Lithuania hub the support she needs to excel in her job. “When I first started working, I came from a non-security background; I had many questions and doubted my skills and knowledge. Having that in mind, I never felt uncomfortable asking questions,” she says. “Leaders, managers, and my teammates support me all the way; we always help each other out, building confidence in each other. When we have issues or disagreements, we always listen to both sides and try to come to a compromise.”
However, the support Viktorija has found at her new home does not stop at the employee level, but also extends to the projects she brought with her from Zenedge. “The acquisition is helping our product grow faster. Being a part of this big machine helps us expand our services faster, using Oracle’s internal tools and resources. As well, we can adapt other teams’ projects and implementations to help us deliver more and to a much higher standard.”
Women are welcome
As a woman in an industry that is predominantly male, Viktorija sees Oracle as a diverse and inclusive place to focus on her job. “As a woman in tech, I’ve found Oracle to be a very welcoming and encouraging place to work. I feel that I have a voice, that managers support me and acknowledge my achievements, so I’m able to be involved, ask questions, and make an impact,” she says. “Having studied Software Engineering and being one of the few women in the course, there were situations where it was implied that I was in the wrong place. I have never felt like that at Oracle, as the company has routine inclusivity training and treats everyone in an unbiased way. Workplace equality is important to me, so I’m glad to work in a place that celebrates diversity and welcomes everyone’s ideas.”
A new outlook for growth
Before assuming her current position as a Senior Site Reliability Developer, Viktorija saw a very narrow career path ahead. “When I graduated from university, I was already working as a manual tester. I used to think that I would continue to do that for the rest of my career, unless I moved to programming,” she remembers. However, her outlook started changing when her team transitioned to Oracle. “I realised that there was so much more I could do in between those two positions. There are many different ways a Software Engineer can contribute to a development lifecycle and to the quality of the software.”
With her switch to Oracle, not only did Viktorija expand her idea of what an engineer could do, but also of how she could do more. “Having to adapt to higher development standards meant growing my skills with it. The experience with different types of technologies, approaches, teams, and people helps me grow as an engineer. Having clear requirements and guidelines helps me gain more confidence in managing releases. In addition to that, Oracle has clear levelling requirements, so I can set my goals each year to gain new skills and achieve new levels. I also get routine feedback on the work I do, which reflects on how I have advanced over the years. At Oracle, I’ve been able to become a wholesome and open-minded engineer.”
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