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No focus or direction

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Product Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Product Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Many Cafeterias to chose from

Cons

Management, co-workers, try to directly copy other products, location

Advice to Management

Hired skilled managers before trying to build a team

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Amazing place - part-innovation lab; part-college; part-book club

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

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best working environment I have ever seen. Everyone is generally a team player; everyone is very smart. The leadership will make big bets to try to make things better for the user; the internal transparency is rare and everyone shares information quite freely. The benefits are industry leading and the relative youth of the company keeps it a remarkably fun place to work.

    Cons

    There really isn't much that could be described as a Con. There are some growing pains as the company decides the right balance between more process and maintaining creativity and a slight sense of chaos in the various groups.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to reward merit. Actively and visibly manage out poor performers and those who don't exhibit the cultural values we cherish so much.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Unprecedented employee trust, difficult career advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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