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A great place to write software

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Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

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    Unprecedented employee trust, difficult career advancement

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    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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    It was a great place to work.

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    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.

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