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2 people found this helpful  

Fantastic place to intern!

Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee)

Pros1. 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.

Cons1. 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 Senior ManagementNot in a position to give advice, but I think individual career growth is something that needs to be focused on.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Still a remarkable company

    Designer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google


    Pros: Google has great respect for its employees and users; while the company makes a great deal of money, most of the people who build the… Cons: Maintaining a good work/life balance can be tough, especially if you live in the city and have to make the long commute every day. The… Advice to Senior Management: Empower more people as decision makers. Help the company focus on fewer but more innovative ideas. Let employees make smaller… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    6 people found this helpful  

    Was a great place to work

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) 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… Advice to Senior Management: Fix the advancement process; make it more clear when and… More
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