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Smart people enjoying excellent perks, with extremely spotty management.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

Pros

Everybody 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.

Cons

Having 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 ManagementAdvice

Continue 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.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Overrated!!!

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!!! Don't be a Hi.P.P.O

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but the contracting experience makes you feel like an outsider

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great perks, work-life balance, little hierarchy, genuinely friendly coworkers, great place to network and meet future entrepreneurs, diverse workplace, LGBT friendly, open culture, smart coworkers.

    Cons

    As a contractor there is a lack of transparency about the opportunity for conversion to permanent roles. Also, many young colleagues complain that no other company recruits so many bright people to then put them in very low level jobs with remedial tasks.

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