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Former Employee - Software Engineer
Former Employee - Software Engineer

I worked at Google full-time

Pros

free food; smart people; overall interesting projects; flexible work hours (still long hours)
The benefits and salary is very good but comparing to how much you end up working is not that lucrative;

Cons

- Managers are too busy to give feedback (only once a month). They are not on the same page with the lead and it's quite confusing what they're looking for sometimes.
- They don't really put you in a team that matches your experience/interest. You can get stuck in a team for at least a year when you start working there
- Extremely high workload

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    This is a great company to work for, unless you work for my manager.

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    Current Employee - Contract Attorney in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Contract Attorney in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Google treats it's contractors fairly well, giving them paid holidays (after 520 hours of work), access to the free food and the gyms, along with other great perks. It also fosters a creative, collaborative atmosphere and strives to give employees ownership over tasks and room to learn and grow in their careers.

    Cons

    My team's management is incompetent and strives to build walls between employees and contractors. They suffer from a lack of transparency, a lack of understanding about the specific work that we do, and poor communication skills. The end result is that an entire group of dedicated contractors now harbors a distrust and a dislike for Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire my team managers. They're a waste of money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many chiefs, not enough braves

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Corporate culture is excellent, great benefits and perks

    Cons

    Very flat organization, limited opportunities outside engineering and sales. Sales office becoming more and more faceless -- not at all Googley. Long term client relationships sacrifices for short-term quota gains.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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