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Unprecedented employee trust, difficult career advancement

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

More than any other workplace, Google trusts its employees. Each engineer has access to almost the entire codebase and there is very little micromanaging.

Cons

It's hard to get promoted. Performance is decided mostly by your peers, which means promotion is essentially a popularity contest.

Advice to Management

Most managers at google have 20+ direct reports and are extremely busy, but the ones who take the time to speak to their reports about what they need to do differently to advance their career are the stars.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    A great place to write software

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google has a fantastic engineering culture and an incredible practice of software development. Everyone in the company has something valuable to offer, and there's a lot to learn from the people and the organization.

    Cons

    Google is getting to be a quite large company. It's nearly impossible to know about everything that's going on in every organization. Furthermore, the love from the public has waned in recent years which can be a bit of a bummer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep increasing the company's focus on a few excellent products. At the same time, make sure it's possible for the lone employee to build something cool on the Google platform, even if it doesn't fit into one of the major products.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Amazing Experience & What A Great Brand!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sourcer/Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Sourcer/Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun culture and people are incredibly smart and passionate about work/life
    Lots of free food (be careful or you'll gain the Google 15)
    Flexible schedule (I was able to work from home when I needed to)
     Any time I called or emailed a passive candidate I almost always got a response.

    Cons

    If you get in as a contractor at the wrong time it's impossible to get hire to FTE
    Not any training, still acts like a start up
    Too many recruiters--we were sometimes stepping on each other with candidates

    Advice to Management

    Career paths for recruiters


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