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Work with the best, but don't expect cohesive vision from the top

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Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer  in  Zürich (Switzerland)
Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)

I have been working at Google

Pros

- Experience of working at fantastic scale
- You work with the best tools for large scale data analysis and web applications. Period.
- Great, fun people, good conversations
- Slightly chaotic free-for-all feeling

Cons

- The software stack is entirely in-house and proprietary, so a LOT of time is spent learning tools that won't be useful when you leave.
- The entitlement complex a few people have is embarassing and scary
- Slightly chaotic free-for-all feeling

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Larry and Sergey should send emails to the employees from time to time! I've been here years and not ONCE seen L&S put their thoughts into writing for the workers. Eric only does very occasionally. This contributes quite a bit to the chaotic feeling.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    great place to work as an engineer, not so great for other functions

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    Current Employee - Search Quality  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Search Quality in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    relaxed work sphere, friendly people

    Cons

    non engineers are treated differently, it is slowly becoming a rigid organization, so getting a promotion becomes difficult (depends on your department and how old it is).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better salary, clearer career planning and make sure people you hire are not overqualified (the standards are high, but if they are too high, the people you hired will get demotivated quickly)

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Google is a great place to work but not if you plan a career or if you want to earn a lot

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    Current Employee - AdWords Representative  in  Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - AdWords Representative in Hamburg (Germany)

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google as a company has a great reputation, the products are innovative and often very fast improving. The colleagues are also the best colleagues I ever had - highly motivated, helpful and normally very clever.

    Cons

    Compensation is absolutely not competitive, even if you do a great job career opportunities are very limited because Google prefer to hire senior people from external.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more promotions for people who make a great job, make sure you are not losing great people

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