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Smart people enjoying excellent perks, with extremely spotty management.

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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

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on your project and manager; hard to transfer.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in 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 of people use and enjoy.
    Great food, good benefits and bonuses.
    Information exchange inside the company is quite open, making it easy to find out about opportunities.

    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 earn your way out of it.

    The opportunities for 20% time are real, but you may not have enough time and energy to make use of them.

    Management is often hands-off and not necessarily helpful/encouraging. Find peers to encourage and support you.

    No opinion of CEO
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