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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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    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Perks! Very cool company, name recognition. Pride in working for the good guys. Work with the best and brightest.

    Cons

    Sales org has too many internal processes, structure, best practices... meetings about meetings, politics, ever changing sales org, limited autonomy/flexibility.

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  2. Smart people, good support, real problems, and strong manegement

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    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Google runs smoothly. Engineers don't have to worry about management getting in the way. The company is moving in a good direction and is staying innovative. The people there really care about making a good product and doing good by their users.

    Cons

    It was hard for me to attain a work/life balance. Google is very family friendly, so people do work reasonable hours, but a lot of people, including me, worked much longer hours.

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