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Unprecedented employee trust, difficult career advancement

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

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 ManagementAdvice

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Experience & What A Great Brand!

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

    I worked at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Career paths for recruiters

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a great place to work.

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The people, food, events, culture, and scale of work were all incredible. How many places provide cooking internships for employees?

    Cons

    Middle management was a bit slow. Things are getting more bureaucratic; it can be very hard to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent with your contract workers. Review some of the internal policies you have about promotion. Do more 360 reviews of managers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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