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Google is one of the best companies ever

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Intern - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Intern - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Google is very generous to its employees. Everyday it provides healthy and free food, drinks and snacks. There are lot's of recreation and events inside Google. Employee's satisfaction rate is also very high. Every week you can hear exciting news from Google. It is currently one of the top technology companies and its leaders are excited and enthusiastic about developing future techniques!

Cons

It may be a little heavy work in Google. People are working more than they exercise, especially young males. In my group, people usually work from 9:00am to 7:00pm everyday.

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Summer Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Prestige
    Very smart co-workers
    Free food
    No formal clothes requirement
    Good pay
    Laid-back culture
    8-hour work days
    Ping pong
    Talks (famous authors, engineers, etc.)
    Massages
    Concerts and celebrities (Gaga, Bieber, Matisyahu, Dispatch, Regina Spektor, etc.)
    Events (Team offsites, Six Flags trip, Bronx Zoo trip, etc.)
    Impact - ability to really change and improve the world
    Time for personal "20%" projects
    Everyone loves and uses Google
    Liberal
    Positive, good-willed philosophy
    Open, non-secretive environment

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer, product manager, or manager, Google may not be the most prestigious or well-paying company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 17 people found this helpful

    Good benefits, very political and ineffective recruiting team supporting global business org

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Food
    Lots of primary colored campuses
    McKinsey folks around campus ignore all they learned to lead Google (great for ineffective leaders, bad for those that stand for change)
    PR team is a well oiled machine
    Google is in its own reality, outside opinions that don't agree are ignored / rebuffed

    Cons

    Ex mcKinsey folks become sheep like here and forget that their insights could be used to affect change at a
    Recruiting function that is lackluster (take them out of The gplex) they couldnt recruit top talent. Several recruiting leaders from the UK and seem to lack basic strategy skills but excel at their own PR
    Recruiting is a protracted process that doesn't need to be
    Hiring Managers take mediocre results and lack ability to sniff good recruiting talent from folks that talk a good game
    Recruiters cow tow to a team of paper pushers that review Packets to the detriment of great candidates and candidate experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    40k employees, time to reinvent your recruiting process as Google competes for "startup" talent
    The lens by which recruiters are measured should used for lead recruiters and managers as well
    You can't expect mediocre recruiting leaders, esp in Nikesh's org to hire top talent
    Recruiting leaders protecting their turf, not innovating and siphon work they should be doing to jr staff
    It's embarrassing that Google allows such weak leadership in recruiting, but rarely anywhere else in the organization.

    Yes, I was a Recruiter that wasn't treated well but it's clear that I'm not in the minority. I hope Glassdoor is a good vehicle for change in The Global Business Organization's recruiting leadership. It's rather disheartening that it hasn't been addressed and the Director of that team is opposed to hearing potential issues on his team.

    Heard of candidate experience?
    Time to fix it and this time with force. it's beyond broken.

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