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Still a great place where you can change the world

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

There are few places where your work can have the same impact it will have at Google. Your products touch millions of people, and millions or billions in revenue.

Cons

The company is getting really big. Products and infrastructures are huge now. Launching new products is getting really hard. Persuading people to go for a new idea can be an endless round of futile meetings. Getting promoted is harder now as the company is top heavy.

Advice to Management

Focus more on enabling innovation to happen, and planning career paths for your employees.

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    Working as a "Vendor" (Contractor) at Google

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Java Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Java Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is much easier to work at Google as a contractor. The interview process was compressed to one phone screen and a 3 one-hour interviews on-site. The team I worked with was very supportive, and gave us a lot of flexibility and discretion in how we completed the tasks.

    Cons

    Again, being a vendor instead of a Googler, is not quite as bad as being a 2nd class citizen, but it was close. I also found the group I was in to be close to complacent and risk averse.

    Advice to Management

    The distinction between Googlers and Vendors should be decreased. It could be handled more like the Intern programs in terms of bringing people on board. One could start by chaning the color of the vendor badges from red to blue or green.

  2. Awesome place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly recommend it! Entrusted with a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Not much to say here :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job.

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