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Helpful (1)

Still a great place where you can change the world

  • 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
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 (7)

    Great perks, and great for your resume/career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work and projects are very challenging; Google's products have wide visibility; great food and perks, and working for Google is great for your resume. Google rewards their top performers well. Base salary tends to run at around the 50th percentile in the industry, but annual bonuses the last few years have been ~25% of salary (it's not uncommon for above average performers to receive bonuses of 25-35% of salary). Google also matches 401K contributions up to $8,250 for U.S. workers. BTW, 401K matching is something I really wished Glassdoor keeps data on. When comparing overall compensation of two or more companies, you have to account for 401K matching.

    Cons

    The company has grown substantially during the 4+ years I've been here. Management does a good job in trying to limit bureaucracy, but there's definitely more bureaucracy than there was 4 years ago. Also, base salaries tend to be much lower than competitors. For a company that prides itself on hiring the best, they certainly don't pay the best when it comes to base salary.

    Advice to Management

    The company made an excellent hire with the (relatively) new CFO. Lot's of waste has been eliminated. Let's keep plugging away at inefficiencies, focus the bulk of our staff and resources on products and projects that matter, and stay humble.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Growing Pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The swag, food, and pride of working for a profitable company are definitely worth the problems that the company faces.

    Cons

    Everyone's had the kool-aide! They are having growing pains, too. It is a terrible place to start a career, many would say.

    Advice to Management

    I would say grow up.


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