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3 people found this helpful  

Smart people enjoying excellent perks, with extremely spotty management.

Software Engineer II (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

ProsEverybody who's paying attention knows how great the perks are. Between on-site gyms, massage, a wide selection of health benefits, 401k and stock grants, competitive salary, and of course the free, gourmet meals, it's one of the cushiest jobs in Silicon Valley.

The technical challenges are interesting, and the code base is enormous. Engineers are encouraged to fix any and all problems, on their own teams or completely separate projects. There is a lot of freedom to do anything that interests you, as long as you have time.

ConsHaving good management seems to be a non-goal, at least below the highest levels. The only requirements for becoming a manager are having good enough technical skills to reach the correct job level, and expressing interest. Because of this, middle management is extremely hit-or-miss. Employees are often expected to figure out how to grow on their own, with little or no guidance, even for those fresh out of school. Many managers still have technical responsibilities, and let their people-management responsibilities fall by the wayside.

It is unclear so far just how Larry Page taking over as CEO will affect the company as a whole, at least in terms of work environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be transparent about company direction and motives. When you hire the best and brightest, they don't want to feel like they're being lied to.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Overrated!!!

    Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros: the perks working here are very enticing Cons: no room to really advance. You're just a number. Advice to Senior Management: Listen to your employees!!! Don't be a Hi.P.P.O More

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on your project and manager; hard to transfer.

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee) Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros: See your company and maybe your work in the headlines. Work with some of the best and brightest co-workers in the world. Work with applications that millions… Cons: Can be hard to transfer to a new project, which can lead to the need to excel at something you don't like in order to… More

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