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Good place to work, not a startup anymore.

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Former Employee - Internal Technology Resident in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Internal Technology Resident in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

Fun, free food, awesome other perks, trust, transparency

Cons

No longer feels like a startup. Management layer is thick.

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Google offer an amazing work environment, with unbelievable perks. People around you are very smart

    Whatever you do in Google, you are probably working on (or supporting) an innovative product and having a quite large impact.

    Things move at a very fast pace. The speed is really one of a startup. Organized chaos is how I should describe Google. A chaos that magically works

    It is a relatively flat organization. While there is a well defined chain of command in every function, the individual are still empowered to work cross-functionally and take initiative.

    Cons

    It is getting a little bit too political in Google, which I guess is only natural for 40K company.

    PMs tend to take a bit too much credit for everything around, Engineering are very isolated (maybe by design) from operation/monetization aspects. Other functions are secondary to PM and Engineering in almost every aspect.

    Vision is increasingly a top-down thing with less and less grass root initiatives .......... working on your 20% these days mean your bonus will probably disappear because you need your manager sign-off, which likely has a different agenda, and his own 20%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most middle managers are extremely overloaded and consequently ineffective in managing their teams. It is ridiculous to have any individual managing more than 10 direct reports, and expect him to be informed on his team progress while spending most of his time in x-functional meetings ............ managers tend to never be available for spontaneous discussion, which slow decision making.

    Google should add more layers of management like any other Fortune 500. Hierarchical management when done right is supposed to be a solution for a proactive organization ................. in Google it is more of a problem because of the ideological believe in the flat organization and the extreme reluctance in adding layers.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Management really cares about team members

    Cons

    Driving aroung LA is not fun

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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