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great big company to work for but very team specific

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Manager Corporate Development in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Manager Corporate Development in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

great products and benefits, some teams are awesome

Cons

too big, very specific to teams - make sure you join a good team with a good manager, there are a lot of bad managers there.

Advice to Management

you can get rid of 10-20% of people at any time and the company would not miss a heart beat..do it.
institute a 10% firing rule every year

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  1. Fantastic company, great career path, company values and work/life balance!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great crowd, knowledge base, infrastructure, amazing benefits, minimal bureaucracy, transparency, company genuinely cares about their employee's happiness, and the result is a very happy and fun place to work at.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, be prepared to have to constantly adapt and refactor code. Getting tasks done is a bit harder than usual here as there are a lot more things to take into consideration, such as scale, security, testing, etc. (but granted they also yield a lot better results than in other places). It gets better with time though.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve internal tools & libraries and make them as easy and fun to use as the public APIs we provide!

  2. Brilliant Coworkers, Amazing Benefits, and No Shortage of Challenging Work

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues at the top of their game who are surprisingly unpretentious and approachable.
    Unfathomable benefits - food, gifts, freedom.
    A peek "behind the curtain"
    Openness, trust, and a really unique corporate culture

    Cons

    It's hard work! If you're smart enough to get hired and you learn the stack, you'll do fine, but overachieving coworkers make it difficult to stand out.

    Listening to coworkers complain about how their scallops weren't cooked properly :)

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the open culture
    Continue "not being evil"
    Perhaps ease the growth pressure on the SWE ladder? Not everyone aspires to be a tech lead.

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