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

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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A great place to work, learn and have fun

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

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

    Pros

    Very attractive company culture; great work-life balance; genius co-workers; some interesting intern events; very nice recruiting team; good pay; free food and many more things

    Cons

    Basically no. Maybe the gifts are not very exciting

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

    Satisfying work. Long hours.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Merchandising Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The perks are clearly a huge win, but the best part of working at google is the autonomy you are given to to real, impactful work that is seen by millions of people.

    Cons

    The relentless pace often means that you have to get things out of the door before they are completely ready, and can do a number on your work/life balance (especially if you work in Android).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency down to lower levels around launches would be helpful. Also, forcing Android to act a little more like the rest of Google (in terms of personal health and well-being being a priority) would be great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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