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Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Research Scientist in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

Pros

Google as a great place to work.

Cons

It can be hard to keep track of everything going on.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too big and slow

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    excellent pay
    smart people
    great benefits and gadget perks
    great on a resume
    great engineering environment

    Cons

    big and slow, too many silos
    very distributed, very hard to tell what is going on
    closed, NIH environment and technology
    inconsistent and political promotion process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire half of your middle management. Ditch the perf system. Focus again on nurturing and developing your employees, not letting them rot and stagnate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating, bureaucratic, impersonal

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You have awesome, competent coworkers. The challenges are huge and you have unique opportunities that are only available at Google. The compensation and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Blind allocation: Your initial assignment may have nothing to do with your interests or experience, and policy is that you must stay in that assignment for 18 months before you can transfer (though there are exceptions). Google's success makes it difficult to criticize; "How can we be doing it wrong if we're making this much money?"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of blind allocation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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