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Google is an amazing place to work

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Awesome environment with smart people. Love the campus, the free food, the gym, the bikes, the perks, the massage, the 401k match, the shuttle service, etc... Love the tech talks, author series, children's center. Openness and transparency with the management team is very useful to understand what's going on with the company. Lots of exciting products are being developed and Google is leading the way in which the internet, collaboration, and mobile applications are being used. The Children's Center is an awesome place for the kids and the majority of teachers are very experienced and knowledgeable about how kids learn and develop.

Cons

Limited Growth potential since it is a flat organization. Google has very flat hierarchy and thus many senior people come in at a lesser job title. For example, many of my peers might have been Managers, VPs at their previous companies and now they are individual contributors and not managing or leading a team. I think Google could do a better job of improving job titles and also career progression even if it is the management of job titles. As another example, as a Sales Engineer, you could be at a level 4, 5, or 6, and still have the same job title of Sales Engineer... Maybe google should make it Associate Sales Engineer, Sales Engineer, Senior Sales Engineer.

Advice to Management

Continue and maintain openness

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Understand it's a job, not a life, and you'll be fine

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    Current Employee - Eng Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Eng Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Forget all of the fringe crap like snacks, cafes, massages, etc. That stuff is easy come-easy go (as 2008 has shown), and once the novelty wears off, it doesn't really affect your life much. There are better reasons:

    Overall quality of employees is the highest I have ever seen. You won't find yourself having to dumb down your project so that the rest of the team can contribute. Google's size and wealth give you the opportunity to work on global-scale engineering problems that few other companies have.

    It's nice to work for a company that at least makes a pretense of not being evil.

    Cons

    The lack of any coherent strategy can be extremely frustrating. The entire company just kind of wanders through the daisies as if at the whim of a couple of billionaires with attention deficit problems. Hmm. Let's buy some wireless spectrum! No, let's make a browser! Wait, let's make a phone! Let's make a wireless phone browser social network thing! That will be awesome!

    Be prepared for _enormous_ variance in recognition and compensation, between individuals and between projects. The sexy new project that doesn't make a dime in revenue, and everybody already wanted to work on anyway, will probably get the multi-million dollar awards. Slave away on ads for a few years and, well, you'll get the satisfaction of knowing that you're keeping the lights on for the kids playing foosball.

    Similarly, many complain about the "low-numbered" employees, which are indeed a problem. Why they stick around, I don't know. Their level of talent runs the full spectrum, but you can usually count on them having egos and titles to match their bank accounts.

    Advice to Management

    Get better at fail-fast on both employees and projects. It typically takes 12-18 months to get rid of a person that doesn't cooperate by quitting. And everybody here can name a half dozen project that have been limping along for years with no significant impact in their market and no revenue to show for it.


  2. Helpful (3)

    A great place to work, but not for entrepreneurs

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

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The food is great! The people are smart. There aren't a lot of stupid rules. You can wear what you want, come in when you want, hang out with really great people.

    Cons

    Very poorly organized. You're never sure what you should be working on or how you're doing. Everybody seems nice, but you never know what they're thinking and they don't really help you at all.

    People goof off a lot, so it's not a place for hard-working, intense people.

    My manager took off for 3 weeks a week after I got there, leaving me to figure everything out for myself.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people and organize the ones you have!


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