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2 people found this helpful  

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

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Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Intern in 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, hate the bureaucracy there, reminds me of IBM or Microsoft pyramid management

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Let junior people complain

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truly a unique company

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    High concentration of smart + great people.
    Employees empowered to change the word in the good way.
    Full compensation package (base salary + bonus + stock + perks) is great and not easy to beat IMO, People who criticize it must have not done the math right and/or are performing poorly.

    Cons

    Career growth is somewhat difficult for non standard profiles (i.e. not Software Engineers or Site Reliability Engineers).
    Managers need to be good to get their reports promoted.
    Being on the "right" project (aka high impact with high visibility) does affect substantially career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to focus on career growth at all levels. Train managers well too.
    Reward well people doing the grunchy work/production/maintenance work.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learned a great deal from some smart people, before it got too big

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    Former Employee - Head of Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Head of Sales in New York, NY

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Quality of individual hires, strength of business, free cash flow which funds perks and benefits, less politics than other companies of a similar size

    Cons

    becoming a big company, too many mckinsey types in sales roles, politics starting to grow, easier to come in new to a senior role than be promoted into it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the "act like a small company" ethos to every level of the company and make sure it is being implemented - it sounds good, but is falling on deaf ears in middle management

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