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Smart people overqualified to do the work they're doing

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Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

great people, great food, good work life balance

Cons

not a great place to "start" your career - not a lot of upward mobility

Advice to ManagementAdvice

pay more attention to the people who are on the frontlines talking to google's advertising base

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    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Everything. Smart people, polite, friendly. Exciting projects and products. We get to learn so much about the tech industry and innovation.

    Cons

    Very seldomly, we run into bureaucracy, but thats common with large corporations. And since it is Operations, some of the projects we go into, the managers have no idea what we are doing. We all learn as we go.

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    Have a little more insight on the project before we all dive in, which is just a minor suggestion.

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    Aggressive release schedule, hostility, apathy, frustration at management level

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    Former Contractor - Secret Sauce in Secret Town, CA
    Former Contractor - Secret Sauce in Secret Town, CA

    I worked at Google as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Crazy delicious food. Panoply of tools, support, interests, hobbies at your fingertips.

    Cons

    Contractors are hired resolve FTE problems: OOD, conflicting, and incomplete documentation stemming from faulty/hostile communication, inconsistency/collisions w/data definitions/naming/use/workflow.

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    Don't overlook the bombastic & passive aggressive behaviors that are rocks in the river for smooth transitions, esp. forward/backward compatibility. Any developer can crank out lines of code. Good design requires honest architectural practices.

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