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Awesome

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The people here are super cool. Everyone is so smart. Everyone is so nice. Lots of opportunity

Cons

There was nothing wrong there!

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  1. Very good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A large company with well known and famous mentors. Foods are free and are delicious. Lots of activities.

    Cons

    No particular cons I can think of

  2. Helpful (3)

    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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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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