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Smart people, a comfortable BIG company, lots of perks

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Engineering in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Engineering in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

Pros

The many perks including free gourmet food, snacks galore, cultural events, speakers/authors, lots of smart people from all over the world to meet and work with. Many choices of projects to work on and relative freedom to do so. There is plenty of work to do here from improving existing systems and creating new products. Kid in a candy store if you are eager and driven to make things better. Wide range of technologies - handhelds, operating systems, HTML5, Linux, file systems, compilers.

Cons

Lots of smart people, but lots of subpar people somehow managed to get hired as well.
20% time is a myth. I suppose some people get to do that. I don't know any personally as every group I've worked with is stressed and working hard on the project they're on.
At Google it was better to be early than good. Being in the wake of a mass exodus of (mostly) young millionaires (many of whose first job was Google) and being handed their mediocre work to fix can really kill your incentive to "go further" here, especially when later senior folks are not well compensated equity-wise. Google is a big company that provides a comfy job but none of the burning desire to go that extra mile because they aren't making the effort to take you with them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get better at rewarding your post-IPO senior people. We weren't lucky enough to get here early, but we are fixing much of what was left us by a sea of (industry) inexperienced academics. When hiring, try to focus more on real-world skills and industry experience rather than degrees and GPAs.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Still a great place to work as long as you're dreaming to be suddenly rich

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Great technology
    - Engineering driven
    - Huge impact on the world
    - Profitable and financially stable
    - Perks

    Cons

    - Base pay average, though bonus is high
    - low number shares of stock (plus, stock prices are low compared to peak)
    - Getting big and bureaucratic (e.g., launch process long and painful)
    - Harder to advance because of stronger peers
    - Minimal management attention: non-self-starters can get lost

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Pay employees more
    - Cut the bureaucracy and make things easier

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    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Large Scaled data processing. Front-end tweaks and applications. Search. GMail. AI.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Code base. Data mining. Datacenters. Employee expertise. Openness. Food. flexibility
    Perks Global position

    Cons

    Mergers and acquisitions not up to par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All good, nothing to do here.

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