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Former Employee - Software Engineer
Former Employee - Software Engineer

I worked at Google full-time

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    horrible

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nothing good to say about this company. works you to death. too much back stabbing and politics

    Cons

    too much work, too much stress, politics is growing. hyper competetive know it alls abound in this company. not even the best conpany to work for in bay read

    Advice to Management

    where do i start


  2. Helpful (1)

    You can learn a lot at Google and hack on things easily. There are things to improve though.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

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

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

    Pros

    The single most important factor for me is that you can learn a lot here. You can meet many great people, who contributed a lot to CS in general. When you want to improve your skills in particular area, you can join the team that works on that area. Also the codebase is huge with multiple examples of great engineering. Google has some internal learning classes etc. but I didn't find it as useful as people, projects and the codebase. Another thing is the "hackability". With the tools we have it's very simple to start hacking on something and you can focus on solving problems. If you have an idea that you want to try, often you can have something ready within a day or two with no frustrations coming from fighting the tools all the time.

    Cons

    I think that internal mobility could be improved. It's easy to start to work on something as 20%, but when it comes to 100% it's a bit tricky. That means you can get stuck for a while in a project that you don't really like. Also there is certain degree of bureaucracy. Maybe it's just me, but I hate creating tickets and filling e-forms. Whenever you want to request something, you need to do those things.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to personal interests of employees and fight bureaucracy.


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