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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

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    Bad Time to be in the Sales Org

    Account Executive (Current Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsThe benefits and perks of working at Google are outstanding. As a whole, I think the company does care about its employees, at the highest levels.

    ConsThe sales org is a big bureaucratic mess.
    Most decisions are made by upper management with a very short-term focus - and everyone has to play along - to get that director his/her next bonus.
    Promotions are 100% driven by politics vs. how you perform in your core role.
    There are much better parts of the company to be in - but you won't be able to get in to them in the Ann Arbor office. The good roles are all centralized in Mountain View.
    HR here is evil. Any move you make, they will look for ways to claw back your merit increases and even make you sign that you will not negotiate salary if you get an offer. Then give you a poor offer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up more roles to remote offices.
    Promote for core role competency vs. side projects and politics.
    Promote more from within vs. external hires (who have 2+ years learning curve).
    Make HR less evil.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    (NON-TECH Role)

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsFlexible working schedule
    Easy job for lots of money: VERY EASY.
    20% Projects are feasible if you find a way to get your work done in advance.
    Ex. hiring a freelancer via Odesk (very cheap rates) for the stuff you just don't feel like doing. < smart people in jobs that are too junior get complacent and bored.
    Manager your managers expectations and they won't have a clue nor do they care as long as you deliver.
    Food / Snacks
    Shuttle Service
    Bathrooms with heated seats and bidet
    Smart co-workers
    MOMA: Googler Visibility with photos (ironically the search engine is awful)
    Campus vans vs. Riding bicycle in heels.
    Perks
    Resume Padder: Recruiters call everyday while at work!
    Choice of laptop, screens, erg setup.
    Tech Support: Free cords, batteries, adapters, galore!
    The coolest most legit people are the security staff.

    ConsNo specific order:
    Smartest people in Junior roles causes complacency
    Jealousy: Concept/ idea stealing, lack of integrity.
    The way Temps / Consultants are treated as 2nd class citizens
    People get lazy and tend to meet virtually in the same building. = no human connection
    Not friendly people that sit around you don't say hello and if you do, wow the strangest reaction!
    Abundance of younger (mid 20's) fresh out of MBA programs= no real job experience.
    The Google High lasts about 2 weeks then you realize all the perks are to cover up the companies incompetence.
    Unless you've been with the org for years it's nearly impossible to set a career trajectory
    If you don't work under a product team you're just background.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep personal affairs outside the work place.
    Value the contract / temp workers.
    Stop thinking Google is a startup. It's clearly not.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Did not enjoy working for Google as a contractor

    Technical Recruiter (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsObviously there are a lot of smart people there. I did learn a thing or two from watching their processes at work, observing their culture, and observing their way of problem solving. Google is so high profile that your resume will get more attention post Google. Compensation was very strong.

    ConsI was a contractor in the staffing group, and the team I worked for was very much a clique. I was constantly reminded by my co-workers and manager, that I was not a "real" Googler. They were at times blatantly unfriendly, and competitive. The hiring process was reduced to a very rigid and impersonal assembly line, which made the job incredibly dull and boring for a senior recruiter. (And also very cold and impersonal for the candidates, many of whom were not motivated to complete the process.) The recruiting role was reduced to little more than a digital paper-pusher, and data entry clerk. My opinions about candidates were not heard or even considered relevant by hiring managers. When I attempted to suggest improvements, I was reminded that I was new and just a contractor. Training was minimal, and not very effective in learning the ins and outs of the hiring bureaucracy. Performance was judged by your hiring stats/numbers, however as a recruiter you have NO control over who actually gets hired. Things like hiring slowdowns, hiring freezes etc will impact your numbers. I found the role incredibly boring, and my direct manager was not responsive. It was very disappointing because I had very high hopes going in. My experience did not at all match up to what the employment brand represents.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Technical Sourcer

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    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat compensation (until they cut all overtime in the middle of the contract), able to work with some of the best recruiters in the industry, flexible hours, free breakfast and lunch from in-house chef, tons of snacks, fun office events such as high profile guest speakers and occasional catering from local restaurants and farmer's markets

    Consmanagement has set unrealistic hiring goals, office politics are through the roof, cut throat work environment, low conversion rate from a contractor to a permanent employee, high expectations and unrealistic hiring goals lead to long hours even though overtime is not an option

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    Only Hype, maybe it was a good company a few years ago. No longer.

    Search Engine Researcher (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsGood co-workers, smart people move on fast.
    Get that name on your resume.
    Gives your leverage to get a good job afterwards.

    ConsAfter all the interviews, they have nothing to offer you other than status for your resume.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon`t be evil.
    Stop canceling projects, too many things going on, can`t get anything right.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cut throat, privileged co-workers, and burn out inevitiable

    Account Manager (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat benefits and perks depending on the office you're located in. Larger offices have more "Google" options like gym, robust cafes, massages, and ample training classes. The salary is also competitive when you factor in all of the benefits. However, many other companies are becoming "Googley" so beware that it isn't the same it was 5 years ago. All departments are different but the best ones everyone wants to get into are HR, Benefits, Events, and Admin, and Operations. Stay clear of any sales department!

    ConsYou will get burned out eventually which is why the majority of the employees don't last more than 3 years. You are expected to work day and night, no matter what role you're in, and be available when away on vacations. Management will stress over and over that they wan you to check out for PTO, but when you do, it backfires and I've had 9 different managers and all were the same. I believe it comes from the culture that you must work 24 hours a day. Majority of the staff is young, and they love to hire right out of college because it keeps fresh ideas but also because they can suck more time out you. The peers you work with are not friendly, competitive to the extreme, and will throw you under the bus during review cycles so their performance review will give them a 1-up during calibrations and promotions. Also, don't expect to get promoted often, if at all. Also, if you don't like company re-orgs then this isn't the place for you. It's expected your job responsibilities will change regularly, as often as they re-org themselves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead by example and help your peers. If you tell your reports to check out in the evening and not be attached to email, do this yourself and don't send emails at midnight with questions. Also, understand concerns and understand the product which your team is responsible for. How can one grow their career if their manager doesn't even know what is going on or how to work the product? In addition, advocate for your direct reports even if they want to change careers and move to a different department. It's so political now and people are afraid to transfer internally knowing it will damage their performance score.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    "Temp" Administrative Assistants Beware!

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsNon-existent micro-managing. It's absolutely wonderful that your directors don't have clipboards and stop watches in their hands to see when you arrive or when you leave. The "honor system" is in full swing at Google and from what I can tell no one abuses it. Your co-workers are absolutely wonderful in helping you out and answering your questions. Be sue to ASK! Everything has been carefully thought out and resources are plentiful and abound. It's so nice to be given what you need to do your job (laptop, desk, infinite office supplies) and not made to feel that you have to get down on a bent knee to beg for pencils and paper to do so.

    ConsAs a "temp" or "contract" employee you ARE treated differently. Be warned that some directors don't feel that they need to get back to you or give you the answers you need to do your job because you are NOT a Google employee. You can feel the distance as well as the "dismissive attitude" whenever you reach out to them as they are slow to respond or don't respond at all. I was hired to replace the Admin that went out on maternity leave and was given very little instruction as to how to "take over" three calendars when she left. They also neglected to tell me that I was the only Admin in the building on two floors and I was on my own to get things figured out and done. For those temp Administrative Assistants that take these maternity leave positions for five to six months, be sure to ask if someone will be there to train you the first week you on board. If not, you will be in for a rough ride. Google's directors' calendars and lock-step procedures are nothing like what you have experienced in your former positions. My advice to you all is to find other Admins on their website, make friends and ask for help. Otherwise, you will get first hand experience working and feeling like you are in "limbo."

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo realize that as "temp" or "contract" employees we go through the same three to four interviews that your part time or full time employees do. We are professional Executive/Administrative Assistants that are vetted and certified just like Google employees are before we even put our feet through the door. Be aware, that we are not given the full week of training that Google employees are given to do their jobs when they hire on. We do not have benefits and are paid less than $28.00 an hour to do the exact same work that your full time employes are paid. We are given less but are happy to do more to help you while your full time employee is at home on maternity leave. We consider it an honor to be at the number one company in the United States and are very aware of this everyday we come to work. We are here to give you the best of our experience and assistance so please take the time to help us help you. The perks Google offers are by far the best we have ever experienced but as directors your respect and consideration while "we fill in" would be greatly appreciated.

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

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    Google is the best place in the world to work - if you're an engineer

    Recruiter (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsI worked for Google 3 times as a contractor before converting to full time employment. The perks are amazing and can't be beat. Almost all the cafes are top notch and the microkitches are fully stocked. During my time there, I met some of the most powerful people in the world, was entertained by some of the greatest bands and met some of my favorite authors. The annual holiday party is also exceptional and no cost seems to be spared.

    Cons1. Work/life balance is non-existent
    2. The recruiting organization is very metrics driven
    3. Very political

    You're expected to hire an ungodly amount of people AND work on high profile projects or your quarterly performance review could be in jeopardy. The keyword is "high profile." Unfortunately they don't often tell you if the project you're working on is high profile enough until it's too late. Keep in mind that sometimes your projects carry more weight than your core job.

    On the political side, friends of managers were promoted (so were their significant others) ahead of people many thought were far more qualified. One case was so blatant that I wondered why no one said anything.

    Very senior management did a good job of conveying the overall message but many middle managers were incompetent. One former manager frequently brought coworkers to tears. One new manager told me shuttle time wasn't work time. When I explained I had to work on the shuttle so I could make it on time to pick up my daughter from daycare at 6:30 PM, I was told "not my problem." Keep in mind I was working 9-10 hours a day from the time the shuttle picked me up in the morning to the time it dropped me off at night. Yet I was dinged for not being at my desk for that long because I couldn't be micromanaged.

    If you live very close to campus or work/life balance isn't something you're terribly concerned with, then you should be just fine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease listen to the team. If a manager is just plain incompetent, let them go! More transparency around goals before the review, not after.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not what you expect

    Tech Lead (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsEveryone knows the perks.
    Lots of technical folks everywhere you turn.

    ConsThere is very little emphasis on customers.
    the majority of folks who work here are motivated by two things: better resume, and tech stuff that one ups other techies.

    As a rather high ranking techie from half way across the world, these folks are not at all what I expected in terms of caliber.
    Communication, people management, keeping a cool head, these things are not common here, and if you have them, they are not appreciated here.

    This place is a mecca for folks that can't relate to others very well, but are very technically savvy.

    Before you come here there are a few things you need to know:
    1) most folks come here because they want to be happy
    2) aside from the common knowledge that if you are presently at (be careful of used to work at) Google then you are technically smarter than others
    3) Once you leave Google, people will think it was because you couldn't cut it, not because you were amazing. the only way to go is to either A) start your own company (not very common as there is not a focus on customers) B) get poached (very common), but after you have been poached everyone will still think you couldn't cut it at the big Goog.
    4) most folks are happy because of 3 things:
     A) finding a mate (not very likely at Goog, unless you are hetero female, then game on, except most females here intimidate the guys... lol)
     B) making money (yep, you can do that here as well, ironically they don't pay that well for the area: IE you can 3x that in IT Finance or startups, or 2X in places like netflix; not to promote netflix, but they are very interesting if you are heavily motivated by the mulah)
     C) making a difference in the world (not super common here)

    I know a lot of people who are only happy when talking to other people about their career because they work at Goog, but have pretty much put their life on hold, and their happiness on hold to be here.

    Honestly, only work here if you live here.
    Do not travel to work at Google.
    It doesn't work out, and everyone ends up leaving to find a mate, more money,
    Do not move away from family to be here.

    Basically work here if you have no other options.
    If your people skills or business skills are to weak to affect folks, and you are OK not finding anyone special for a few years, and you are OK with really long hours, work here.
    It is hella good bragging rights to most folks, but once you get high enough in the tech world, it can be a negative.

    Actually I should share this as well.
    the best people at google get poached (startups, other tech companies, etc...)
    the worst get canned
    all the people who can fake it stay
    the people that stay hire other people just like them
    There are a sea of shitty people growing at Google, beware them, and if one of them is your manager, transfer or leave ASAP, lest you find out the #1 factor of job unhappiness. =)

    All in all, if you live in the area, and are just starting your career, please dont let this scare you.
    This is a great place if you are local, young (22-28), and not interested in finding a mate.

    GL out there!

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople are not valuable because they know x amount in technology, people are valuable because they believe what you believe.

    You are riding out the success of your earlier achievements, and that startup down the street is going to eat your business soon, it is certainly eating your best people.

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

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    Expect to work like donkey or you will be kicked out

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Pros1. Free food, this is the best part in Google.
    2. Talented people around you, and you will learn in day to day activities.

    Cons1. Long working hours, no work-life balance.
    2. If you work only for 40hours, you won't get promoted and you will be sacked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare for your employees.

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

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