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Best career move so far

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Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Excellent people; great peers, overall good managers. Plentiful tools, competitive pay, unbeatable benefits and perks.

Cons

None that don't exist elsewhere: the occasional bad manager, underperforming employee.

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  1. Awesome

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    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks, great environment, great culture. Everybody working here is smart, friendly, and approachable. Plus, there are always awesome events; celebrities or performers coming, writers speaking about their books, etc.

    Cons

    The work can be very monotonous, as a lower level employee, input isn't really valued. As it's a very large company, the scope of what you're expected to do is quite narrow. They like you to specialize in one thing and ultimately, your value will be determined on how well you execute THAT particular function.

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    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 (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Get rid of blind allocation.

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