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Fantastic place to intern!

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern
Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern

I worked at Google

Pros

1. Very smart and rational co-workers/managers, most of them (even the superstars) down-to-earth and approachable.
2. Good salary and some benefits (e.g., food/drinks/outings/events), even for interns.
3. The general atmosphere is very vibrant, morale is very upbeat, and both of these contribute to productivity for sure.
4. The ability to make an impact is incredible - there is already a powerful platform with wide reach, so you are sure to have your work get a "first look", sustained interest depends upon the usefulness of the contribution though.
5. Especially for interns, it is a great feeling to have your opinions heard and respected, even on critical long-term projects.
6. Diverse engineering crowd, unlike other tech. companies like Cisco and Microsoft which are Asian/Indian heavy - this is good or bad depending on your preference.

Cons

1. Because the peer group is so good, expectations run high, as a result many people have to put in long hours.
2. Many engineers do not seem to engage in 20% projects - they can do these only if they find time from their main projects, which, due to point 1 above, is difficult without seriously affecting work/life balance.
3. I hear that career growth within the company is challenging - if you are someone who runs after job titles, this is not the place for you - you might end up having same/similar job titles for many years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Not in a position to give advice, but I think individual career growth is something that needs to be focused on.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Free Food, shuttle, smart prople, other perks.

    Cons

    There isn't really a lot of room for advancement. When you start at the company, things are great, but after a couple of years you'll realize that you'll probably be stuck in the same job for a long time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the advancement process; make it more clear when and how employees can advance.

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  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great perks, but that's about it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Datacenter Technician in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Datacenter Technician in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google encompasses the dot com environment. The culture is very laid back. The perks such as free meals and snacks is nice, bringing my dog into the office is also nice. The work outings are good as well. And you get to work with some cutting-edge technology. There are a lot of bright people in the company that you can learn a lot from. It feels like working a summer job all year long.

    Cons

    Senior and middle management lack vision on where to steer the group. If engineers are first-class citizens, and sales people are second-class citizens, then the folks in the datacenters are definitely the third class citizens of Google. Very immature and childish personalities. There is pretty much no growth as the career ladders are a joke. While the perks are nice, and the regular benefits are on par with most other large companies, the compensation is again, a joke (almost a slap in the face). Good people leave the group and either move out of operations and into another group within the company, or leave the company altogether as they realize there is no real career to be made there. Hiring smart and talented people and giving them mundane tasks and assignments just makes no sense. There is no real innovation to be created in operations, essentially you are a worker bee to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Operations at Google is the same as operations anyplace else. Good people will leave for better opportunities, and the rest will likely make a career out of it because there are no alternative options. Stop making Googlers think that this is a "bottom-up" company, it is not. You can't change the world in operations.

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