Google
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Updated Mar 28, 2014
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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

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Google protects bad managers.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Google full-time

ProsGreat benefits, smart people, interesting challenges, great brand.

ConsIf you get stuck with a bad manager, in a chain of people who aim to protect that person, good luck.

Low base salary.

Very hard to advance.

Some groups can be very political.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet serious about insisting on having great managers. Managers who have proven themselves incapable of great management (or even good or neutral management) should be dealt with accordingly, not protected.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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If you're not full time then you're treated like 2nd class

QA Engineer (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google as a contractor for more than a year

ProsNone really, food is good. big bldgs

Cons-You pay for your food, a small fee is deducted from your paycheck.
-You dont get treated like a human
-You cant go to parties
-You're looked down on by full time employees

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very Dissatisfied! STAY AWAY!!

Oracle Functional Consultant (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Google as a contractor for less than a year

ProsPlease let me know if there is one..

ConsLong list -- Here you go..
1. Poor Management
2. No Ethics
3. Untrained Staff
4. No Manners
5. Disgusting Managers
6. Single Person works as Recruiter; Sales Executive; Manager etc. etc.
7. Don't Pay on time
8. All good reviews are written by company recruiters
9. Doesn't file H1 B and still say e-verified
10. Proxy interviews are taken
11. All the employees are family members

Advice to Senior ManagementNo use giving advice as they don't listen to you

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bait and switch

SWE (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

ProsIt pays well and it has a lot of resources to support big projects. Many of your coworkers will be smart. A few will be brilliant.

ConsMost of what you hear about working at Google is just hype. The reality doesn't live up to it.

Shitty passive-aggressive middle management.

Systematically rewards only short term results, which leads to exponential compounding of code cruft. I mean they give explicit instructions for calibration and promo to consider only demonstrable benefits of the last 6 months of work, and nothing earlier than that which had a delayed benefit. So the rank and file are forced to be like shitty mutual fund managers obsessed with quarterly results, in contrast to the upper management's supposed long term focus.

When you start they flip a coin and if it comes up tails you are stuck in ads for years against your will.

20% time is a lie. 20% time is essentially unpaid overtime and if god forbid your 20% time takes a risk and fails you will be calibrated as if you had spent that time doing nothing.

Every creative idea is shot down in favor of the same old safe but inefficient crap. All the projects come from the top down. There is no bottom-up innovation in ads because they try to keep everyone 110% busy with top down mandates. The company hasn't really innovated much in years. All their fast growing products are acquisitions or "me too" and the ads infrastructure is bloated and ossified.

There's a lot of witness-tampering when it comes to peer reviews and stack ranks. You aren't allowed to rate your experience working with a person. You're supposed to somehow rate their entire accomplishment including stuff that you had nothing to do with. And if your stack ranks differ greatly from your manager's opinion of the latter they will passive aggressively hint that it will be a reason for firing you.

Valve has a much better stack ranking system where people just rate their own experience working with a person and all feedback is anonymous. Also unlike Valve, Google has no freedom of association with whatever projects you want to do. It's all top-down mandates and selfish horse-trading by psychopathic middle managers.

I've read about the toxic culture that killed Microsoft and it sounds very similar to Google in my experience. A lot of the managers were hired from outside the company and tracked their shitty culture in with them. Perhaps that explains it.

Advice to Senior ManagementFix the incentive structures to reward behavior that furthers the long term interests of the company and the employees. Fire managers that get bad Googlegeist results and promote from within. Make all peer reviews anonymous. Abolish calibration or force the cabal to write a justification for each score. Don't take avoiding conflict to the extreme of being passive-aggressive and failing to communicate.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Google stinks at aqui-hires

Server Operations Manager (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google full-time for less than a year

ProsGood salary, Excellent Benefits, Excellent Campus

Consvery slow to get anything done; you work for your OKR's not for your passion. 20% time is a myth :(

Advice to Senior Managementthe best way to get something done at google is to disregard company policy as much as possible :( The internal social caste system is fairly striated, as well - it's easy to tell the difference between 'haves' and 'have nots' on the campus.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Okay

Account Executive (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time

ProsThe job is good, food is good, money is okay. It is a great place to start your career since the company is so reputable.

ConsThe competition for the job is extremely intense. You will get some very tough interview questions, but as long as you get through those interviews you are okay

Advice to Senior ManagementThe environment is so snobbish...

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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If you are acquired by Google...WATCH OUT! Wolf in sheep's clothing

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Google as a contractor for less than a year

ProsIf you are acquired by google there are absolutely no pros to working there. They will treat you like an expendable line item on their budget form and they will work hard to keep you in the dark on everything regarding your final pay when your contract comes to an end.

ConsExtremely poor communication, lack of access to resources, if acquired, you are a termed employee automatically, and told there is no opportunity to become full time. In addition, any perks or bonus pay to stay through out your term will be paid out not when they say they will pay, but whenever they want to pay. They will also restrict your ability to see your final paystubs to see your actual paychecks to verify that you are getting paid all money owed. It is a train wreck. What a joke! Only the only one who things it's funny is Google.

Advice to Senior ManagementDeliver on what you promise. Actually value the employees that you bring on via acquisition.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not as good inside as it looks outside

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFree food, great hardware, cool campus, amazing benefits

ConsUnless you are a SWE you should not work at Google. Lots of red tape and a complete lack of regard for dogfooder feedback

Advice to Senior ManagementGoogle promotes the wrong people over and over, while the good managers are not rewarded. very sad.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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The worst job I've ever had

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Google

Pros-lunches were provided
-the schedule was flexible
-incredibly smart people

Cons-my manager was aggressive
-my manager illegally harassed me
-HR did nothing about it
-I ended up seeking counseling about the problems I was having with my manager
-when I told her manager what was going on he told me I should man-up and grow a pair
-when I confided in a colleague for advice, that person decided to gossip to the rest of the team about the problem

Advice to Senior ManagementSexual harassment is illegal.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Production Worker (Current Employee)
Ecorse, MI

I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

ProsGet paid every week. Not very super vised

ConsWork too hard, too little pay, lay offs.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more. Learn about the employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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