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Still a great place where you can change the world

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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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  1. Helpful (3)

    Good placeo to work. No room for advancement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York Mls, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York Mls, MN

    I have been working at Google

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good food - Good perk - Smart people - Fun culture - Good reputation. Great to have on a resume

    Cons

    - Very hard to move up in the org - Too many cooks in the kitchen - Too many teams doing parallel work

    Advice to Management

    - Growth is slowing. Need to buy smaller companies that can accelerate growth again. - Change incentive structure. Hard to motivate people when there is little chance of over achievement.


  2. Helpful (10)

    OK place to work but it's a *big* company now

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Google has a bunch of smart people. Also, there is a strong culture from old-timers to question the status quo and make this drastically better. It's also great pedigree for a resume. Pay is pretty good compared to other companies, the perks too. The shuttle service is great if you live in SF.

    Cons

    very arrogant culture. Old-timers may have a sense of entitlement. Not much growth potential anymore unless you are politically connected with stars. Too many cooks in the kitchen. Too bottoms up, makes cross-team work potentially frustrating. Many remote offices are weak. If you work with a remote team, get ready for a bunch of "C" players with poor cultural fit.

    Advice to Management

    Thin the ranks of management. Have stronger goals across teams (try reading lencioni's silos, politics and turf wars.) Be careful to reward those who work on thankless jobs and not just the Latitudes and other sexy launches. Reward quality over launching crap (several eng dirs are terrible about this.)


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