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Google is an amazing place to work

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Sales Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Google is a nice place to have on your resume

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Santa Monica, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work, perks, enlightened senior management

    Cons

    Hard to get ahead, increasingly bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier to move between projects, provide more training for engineering managers


  2. Helpful (3)

    Leave your toy grad school projects behind and build real systems with serious resources behind them.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is where you can put your academic toy grad school projects behind you and build real systems with serious resources behind them. You work with really sharp coworkers on projects that can impact millions of people all over the world. If you're self-directed and curious, you'll find no end of interesting problems to work on. Compensation seems reasonably aggressive in rewarding high performers.

    Cons

    Office layout can be pretty packed (5 engineers to a office hut at times). Some projects are not as glamorous as other projects. Perks are on the decline due to the economy (but they're still pretty ridiculous relative to other places).

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time allocating engineers to projects that they want to work on (don't just assign them arbitrarily without their consent)javascript:none();


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