For Vanessa, Sales Director at Oracle’s Utilities Global Business Unit (UGBU), transitioning to the company from a career in the solar power industry came as an opportunity to make a difference. “I’d been looking for somewhere I could leverage my clean energy technology background and make a contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change, while getting more into what I saw as a consistently thriving industry, which was cloud-based technology,” Vanessa remembers.
As part of her role, Vanessa works with accounts in the Southern California region to understand their needs across their platforms. “I see myself as a quarterback, making sure I keep information facilitated from the customer to Oracle, and back from Oracle to the customer, as well as just keeping the various departments aligned on what initiatives are important to clients. I help utilities understand what’s available to them to help their customers be more energy-efficient through technology,” she explains.
To achieve this mission, Vanessa counts on a strong support network. As she mentions, “for such a large organization, I’m blown away by the fact that people are willing to stop what they’re doing to answer your questions in a timely manner. You just get the sense that these are good, hardworking people, and that they all believe in the same mission. I’m really thrilled by that. Because when you’re new at a big organization like Oracle, you might think ‘Oh gosh, am I going to get swallowed up in this big machine?’ I haven’t found that to be the case at all.”
Having worked in the clean technology space for more than a decade, Vanessa has some valuable advice for those considering a career at the company. “I would say to those with reservations about working for a really large, global organization like Oracle to not let that hold them back. Meet with the Oracle team and understand their mission. Their compensation packages are very attractive and the benefits are wonderful. Here you’re part of an organization that feels like a small tech startup, but is really a great, well-respected global company,” Vanessa says.
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