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  1. 6 people found this helpful

    Interactive Designer

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    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    The perks, (obviously). hmmm... thats really the only positive thing I can think of.

    Cons

    - Management - I personally experienced the worst management. My boss didn't know how to be a manager, and would always try and steal my work, and then take credit for it later. Super micromanager. His boss way just as bad, and the director of our department is a joke. A lot of favoritism and politics, and ego filled people who think they are entitled.

    - Constant reorgs, and the fear of wondering if you will lose you job.

    - No growth advancement.

    - Bonus was less then promised in offer letter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more down to earth, and loose the attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Place is overrated

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, San Jose (Costa Rica)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of outstanding colleagues. Food is great

    Cons

    Management sucks. Lots of medicore managers waiting to get their stock options. Lack of direction. Lots office politics. Salary is average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire underperforming managers. Raise salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Heaven for googlers, hell for vendors

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    Current Contractor - Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    free cab and food but everyone gives that now

    Cons

    very discriminatory towards vendors. we are at the bottom, our pod leads cannot do anything either. no job satisfaction at all and no hikes much as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you don't care about a vendor's advice anyways

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Google underpays when it comes to staffing and recruiting. They are way below the market. There is no work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Free food and snacks.

    Cons

    Very corporate now. The company is hierarchical and there is little to no access to management at the top. Long hours and no work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Full of the worst people from Microsoft

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    All the usual good stuff about Google: free food and good comp.

    Cons

    Google opened the Kirkland office to poach from Microsoft and Amazon. Looks like they got what they wished for. The office and Google internally is just brimming with politics and useless processes now. All the good Engineers have/will leave very shortly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 25 people found this helpful

    Treatment varies greatly depending on full time or contract status. Not as good as it appears to be.

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    Current Contractor - Technical Solutions Specialist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Technical Solutions Specialist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Free food and snacks
    - Great computer equipment and supplies
    - Desks where you can stand or sit (although not everyone had one)
    - Library, patio, and areas to lounge
    - Gym, exercise room
    - Unique office environment
    - Well documented tools

    Cons

    - Be wary of people that bring gifts like free food, there is usually a catch. (Company tries to create an environment in which employees never leave. By trying to turn work into "home", employees do not learn to take care of themselves and be on their own.)
    - Work days are very slow to start and late to finish ie: 9am - 6pm. I'm accustomed to 8am-4:30pm or 5pm. I like to have *some* daylight when my work day is finished.
    - No flex time for contractors.
    - No benefits
    - Pay is "average" or "below average" depending on whether you are full time or contractor
    - Many employees at Google are contract employees. These people have no benefits. (All the free food in the world does not make up for the lack of a pension plan, dental coverage, stock options, or other "real" monetary benefits etc.)
    - Contract employees are used and discarded, and kept separate from full time staff
    - Contract work does not lead to full time positions
    - Contractors cannot stay for more than one year before having to leave the company
    - My manager worked remotely and was usually not present
    - Daily team stand-up meetings were frequently cancelled.
    - Employees in the same room communicate through IM rather than face to face. Isn't it faster to talk than to type?
    - Skills gained are not transferable because Google uses its own proprietary software and tools.
    - Opinions and suggestions are not welcome.
    - Employees spent code reviews nitpicking about having too many program comments. That's right: comments *about* comments!
    - Employees are dismissed? without notification. ***

    ***My badge was deactivated this morning and nobody has contacted me since! I have no idea whether I'm still an employee at Google or not. It has been 10 hours. I have never seen a situation like this before. It is outrageous. I still have personal belongings in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try being in the building to manage employees.

    Treat contract workers like people rather than as objects to be used and thrown away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful

    Google protects bad managers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful

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

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    Current Contractor - QA Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - QA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    None 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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Very Dissatisfied! STAY AWAY!!

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    Current Contractor - Oracle Functional Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Oracle Functional Consultant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Please let me know if there is one..

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    No use giving advice as they don't listen to you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    All that glitters is not gold (YouTube)

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    All the usual (i) Lifestyle (ii) Perks (iii) Flexibility (iv) Brand name etc.,

    Cons

    I work at YouTube. It is run like an army camp. Instructions come from top management which have not been well thought through but need to be obeyed, the caliber of some folks in senior management (esp. in functional support teams) is mediocre, protectionism (some folks incl. seniors still there and move ahead because they are protected by their seniors), 360 degree feedback is non existent i.e. promotions are at the whims and fancies of what 1 person perceives/thinks i.e. manager (no collective inputs taken from different stakeholders), territorial wars being fought inside partner management teams, megalomaniacal leadership, complete dismantling of meritocracy (faster promos if you sit in US)......the list goes on and on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are just riding on the Google brand. If YouTube was a standalone company, most talented folks would have left. Your employees are unhappy but don't speak up since they want to remain at Google, your partners are unhappy because you cant sell well, the product sucks (comments are the worst, discovery is second worst, you have not innovated anything significant). Revive a culture of meritocracy and innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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