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5 people found this helpful  

Great for stability. Bad if you have ambitions.

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Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

- Great, great perks. They really make you feel taken care of as an employee and as a person.
- Great pride when you realize how the company is changing the world in a positive way and you are part of it.
- Really nice people with not many big egos.

Cons

- Little career progression. The company likes to think they are flat but in reality they have deep hierarchical leves (There were 10 people between me and the CEO) but there is no clear way to become manager and each manager manages 12 or more people.
- Sales is an afterthought completely. The engineers are rightfully the stars but for the sales people the salaries are half what you can earn in other places.
- In spite that they say otherwise, pedigree counts a lot. Top salesman globally with no brand name makes half (counting comission, bonuses, stock, etc.) of what another salesman makes as base salary and comes from the "right" (Ivy league, big names on resume) background.
- If you are not in the right group your day to day work is boring and mundane.
- Low engagement of people with their jobs (in the sales org). That makes for very uninteresting meal chats about ski trips and vegas conventions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have pride on your sales force. After all they make the money that allow the great engineers to make the great products that are changing the world.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for (with the right manager)

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    Former Employee - Analytical Lead in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Analytical Lead in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are the best thing about Google. There is a can-do attitude and when you work for a company where its employees review each other, this will humble even the most egotistical of coworkers. The company perks are definitely top notch, too, though in the end it is the camaraderie that I experiences is what I miss.

    Cons

    Career opportunities are in Mountain View and New York offices only. The Old School cheery Googlers have been replaced with the MBA sharks looking for a feather in their career cap, so come with your Excel and Powerpoint data in hand if you want to succeed. The customer-service came second only to internal posturing which happens with any desirable place to work. It's unfortunate, but when you answer to shareholders, the almighty dollar is all that matters. Google gives you free lunch and a laptop to keep you on the hook - the job hook. When you mature to having a family and need that work-life balance, Google isn't the place to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop re-structuring the company every year; make your customers priority instead of the bottom line, money flows between trusted relationships; weed out the middle management sharks; stop outsourcing jobs to India, Google was not founded on these values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disheartening

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialistst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Specialistst in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Google as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    A place where things happen

    Cons

    No Temp to Full Time opportunity, segregation towards Temps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider valuable Temps as valuable persons too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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