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22 people found this helpful  

Fast paced, lots of work, lots of reward, smart people, great values and respect.

Manager, Online Sales & Operations (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

ProsThe following is related to sales operations management.
You'll work with very smart people, and get a lot of support and feedback around doing your best work. Most senior managers have great knowledge, a lot of advice to offer, and value open, transparent communication.
You'll likely work the hardest you've ever worked at Google, but you'll also be greatly rewarded. Also, Google makes it very easy to work your hardest, and that's a huge bonus if you're interested in super-charging your career.
Example (day in the life): take free shuttle to work; use available corp vehicles to run daytime errands; grab a hand brewed coffee and gourmet breakfast before starting work; communicate with brightest in your industry during the day; visit a tech-talk and learn something new; workout in the gym w/ a trainer before lunch; have lunch with a colleague at 1 of >15 free themed cafes; grab an espresso shot from the micro-kitchen on way to your desk; collaborate on a new project with someone in a different working group; back to your own work; quick $5 chair massage to rejuvenate; swing by tech-stop on way to grab a new mouse, before your professional desk ergonomic consultation begins; more work; grab gourmet dinner starting at 6:30; woah, it's late - time to go home; grab late (8:30) shuttle home. (I guess i'll have to do my laundry for free at work tomorrow).

ConsGoogle is changing, and it's experiencing some growing pains.
There are new projects and focus areas every week, and the grouping of functions and teams changes constantly. As a result, managers are responsible to new macro functional groups, and new projects or focus areas every month or so. This seems an unnecessary distraction, amounting to 25% superfluous work.
The change in org structure has made it hard to maintain the career path of your choice. Instead, you must choose from available Google-centric career paths. These are not always (or often) composed of conventional roles, since Google is both changing rapidly, and unconventional to begin with.
Most of the people hired at Google 5+ years ago, don't have the credentials to be hired there today. This complicates internal transfers, even though HR attempts to solve that issue.
Those joining Google from acquisitions are rarely hirable at Google in any other way, yet their experience and contributions once onboard are typically at par. This again complicates the internal transfer process.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more accommodating to veteran Googlers. The company is changing very fast, and they need active guidance to navigate successfully. Active - not reactive.
Be more direct when providing guidance and mentoring to all managers and direct reports. Google is getting a bit too "careful", and I've found that more managers these days are reluctant to tell it like it is, for fear of appearing undiplomatic. Diplomacy and tact should make a manager a better communicator, not a constrained one.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great Product, Lousy Management

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google


    Pros: Started and worked on amazing products, which turned out to… Cons: It became way too political, specially with upper management completely… Advice to Senior Management: Listen to people who are good at their jobs and… More
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    2 people found this helpful  

    Overall awesome, though I hate managers who brought in Microsoft style bureaucracy

    Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google


    Pros: Great pay, great projects, smart people to work with Cons: Now Google is big or even huge, all kinds of people,… Advice to Senior Management: Let junior people complain Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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