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Great if you're an engineer, not so great if you're in UX or not in Mountain View

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Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)

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

Pros

Lots of freedom, cool projects and great colleagues. You have to find the right project though, where the team does appreciate UX as that's not always the case. Manage that and you'll have a blast. Also great benefits (good pension, medical insurance plus things like gym membership, and of course free food) and a very decent salary.

Cons

Google doesn't really seem to understand UX. Design decisions are often made by committee and based on technology or what the VP likes. The UX designer then gets the job of painting the pixels. There's also little understanding of the different roles within UX (visual designer, interaction designer, researcher). I find the work very simple and repetitive do miss the more interesting bits of UX design (conceptual, strategical work)

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    Google! is Google, You have got to love a job at Google

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Culture
    Perks
    Career growth opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy creeping in with the big size
    you have to be really good to really stand out coz everyone is good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bust the bureaucracy.
    Get lower level management to become accountable

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Life changing experience, fabulous products, but you don't want to work in Sales

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - International environment
    - Smart people
    - Great products
    - Disruptive innovation
    - Unparalleled benefits and perks
    - Charity initiatives

    Cons

    - Sales is cock-up
    - Management is appalling, with few exceptions
    - They manage to make every job in Sales unnecessarily boring and stressful
    - Career and promotion feel like gambling
    - Professional growth is very difficult, since your manager is usually not very clever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the organization from a human perspective

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    Approves of CEO
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