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Nerdvana

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

Outstanding technical environment. Lots of talented and super smart contributors. The perks are really nice: food, guest talks. 20% time for engineers to invent what they really care about. The company is trying real hard to do good for society and promote a progressive agenda.

Cons

The culture rewards the top performers. It favors young professionals who just graduated and have tons of time to dedicate to work. It is much more difficult for experienced contributors who have constraints outside the office: family, hobbies, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find ways to recognize the contributions of those who work smarter, not just harder. And find a way to let those who cannot work 80 hrs/wk still feel like they can have a meaningful and recognized contribution.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Super smart folks, but definitely feels like a big company

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Get to work with some of the smartest and best programmers in the world. Have your choice of lots of interesting teams to work on. Free food. Good pay, benefits, etc.

    Cons

    It definitely feels like a big company, which means it's super-easy to coast and not do a whole lot, and it's super easy to feel like you're working on a tiny part of a gigantic company. Lots of free food doesn't make up for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your engineers feel like the problem they're working on is important. If it's not important, then shut it down and focus them on something else.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Open atmosphere, flexible working hours, lots of interesting projects

    Cons

    Almost everyone is smart and hardworking, which creates some pressure. This is healthy for the company and the career, though.

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