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30+ days ago

Technical Program Manager, Global Infrastructure and Capacity Planning

Google Mountain View, CA

You will ensure that Google's services can be deployed in a time, place and configuration ideal for serving Google's users, arranging for capacity to… Google


30+ days ago

Consumer Operations, Data Infrastructure Engineer

Google Mountain View, CA

As a ConOps Strategist, you serve as the main contact point for major products. You share best practices routinely within the team including market… Google


30+ days ago

Broadband Network Engineer, Google Fiber

Google Mountain View, CA

As a Broadband Network Engineer, you will be a key part of the team for creating and maintaining the Google Fiber access networks. Your… Google


15 days ago

Leadership Research Associate

Google Mountain View, CA

As part of our world-class recruiting team, you're responsible for identifying top talent, mapping the overall Leadership universe, and providing… Google


30+ days ago

Camera Hardware Engineer, Special Projects

Google Mountain View, CA

Simply put, Google engineers make computers do amazing things. Populated by extraordinarily creative, motivated and talented people, the Google team… Google


7 days ago

Product Marketing Manager, Google Play Analytics Lead

Google Mountain View, CA

The role enables you to shape the product development process and organize product launches from beginning to end. You are self-motivated to solve… Google


30+ days ago

Security Engineer/Technical Consultant, Partner Network

Google Mountain View, CA

The broad adoption of Googles Products unfortunately also attracts undesirable attention of malicious third-party entities that look to exploit… Google


17 hrs ago

Program Manager, Accessibility Evangelist – new

Google Mountain View, CA

As Accessibility Program Manager, you should be passionate about everything accessibility related and your role is to make Googlers experience with… Google


20 hrs ago

Payments Counsel, Products and Agreements – new

Google Mountain View, CA

As Payments Counsel you'll develop and implement legal approaches and policies for our billing platforms, focusing specifically on the companys… Google


30+ days ago

Risk Operations Project Manager

Google Mountain View, CA

As a Risk Operations Project Manager, you will be responsible for the development, scaling and management of risk profiles across multiple new and… Google


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    The best place I've worked and also the most demanding.

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    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You can't find a more well-regarded company that actually deserves the hype it gets.

    You'll work on cutting edge projects / solve important issues that impact your community and the world

    You'll meet interesting people who are your colleagues, managers, and senior management.

    You'll open the paper and see your company in the news almost every day, and read about projects you're working on, which is a cool thing

    You'll see Larry and Sergey at TGIF and you'll admire how they lead the company. They are brilliant, goofy, low key but intense, and likeable.

    There are 22 cafes (more or less), the food is excellent, and it's free.

    Your pay will typically be competitive, though it needs to be tweaked up a bit since the economy has improved.

    Google cares about how it treats its employees.

    The campus is like an academic campus in many ways.

    There are tons of activities on campus, like authors speaking about their books, films after work, and gyms where you can work out - but you'll need to make sure to carve out time to do these things.

    You'll get plenty of external validation from people who suddenly think you're smart and rich because you work there, even if you're not rich and you're as smart when you didn't work at Google.

    If and when you leave, you'll never regret having that company on your resume. It opens doors.

    The company is flexible - if you're lucky, you won't have a micromanager boss and you can be somewhat flexible in how you work - but don't get me wrong - you'll work a LOT. But you don't have to do all of it chained to your desk.

    Cons

    I live in SF so the commute can take between 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours each way on the shuttle - sometimes 2 hours each way on a busy day or rainy day. That means being on the bus for 3-4 hours PER DAY. It's a wired bus though which means you can work on the way to Mountain View. But it can feel brutal.

    Your first year or two are really important in terms of your career at Google and they affect how you're viewed, and your ability to be promoted. You should always ask to work on high profile projects. If you don't get them, don't expect to get high ratings or get promoted. Always volunteer for cross functional group work for maximum exposure, and then work hard at those things.

    You'll likely work on something that no one will explain to you and it will take you at least a year to be comfortable doing what you're working on, even if you're super quick at learning. No one has time to train you or teach you what you're doing - which is kind of hard.

    After two or three years, people you started out with at Google start to get promoted. If you're not one of them, you'll wonder why and how it happened, and that process is somewhat political and not always clear.

    It's a big company now. And super political. So don't be naive. Expect some people to be catty, some people to be territorial, and be prepared to be mentally tough. Don't let people see your vulnerableness. It's a Darwinistic culture with a huge dose of 30-something idealism on top which can fool you into thinking that people are easygoing - they're not. They're driven. If you're not driven, you're not going to fit in.

    When you start at Google, it seems like peer reviews are super important - they are, but they are the sprinkles on the fro yo. The important thing is that your direct manager knows your work, likes your work and likes you, and then you can get promoted. If your boss doesn't like you, all the positive peer reviews in the world won't help you. Make sure you know what your boss wants, and give it to them. You will have weekly one on ones, and make sure you are addressing your performance at each one, asking if they have questions, how you can improve, can you work on cross functional projects, etc.

    It's really hard to find work life balance at Google. The workload is huge. I hardly have time to work out. The commute is brutal. My family sometimes needs more from me and I can't give it. I'm still trying to find the balance. I think I need more down time than most people so I have a hard time being structured every day to fit all the things I want into my day, so a lot of things slip, like working out.

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    Keep on NOT micromanaging - that is a huge benefit to Google. Most of us have a huge workload and we work in spikes and not chained to our desks, and we care deeply about producing, and we produce a lot. We can do that because you respect us enough to give us some freedom in how we do our jobs.

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