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Smart people, a comfortable BIG company, lots of perks

Senior Engineering (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

ProsThe 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.

ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementGet 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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    2 people found this helpful  

    Quality Rater while in school

    Quality Rater (Former Employee)

    I worked at Google


    Pros: Was a remote job. All web based. Nice on the… Cons: No cons to complain about. The job was simple enough. The pay wasn't… Advice to Senior Management: Had no management. Was all web based with electronic report cards… More
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    Best regular job I've had. However ...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google


    Pros: * A nerd's paradise, in all the good ways. World-changing projects, brilliant engineers, infrastructure that dwarfs almost all competitors, and a dinosaur and a… Cons: * It's a big company now. There's a constant effort to retain a startup culture, but Google's bureaucracy continues to grow. * Work effort imbalance.… Advice to Senior Management: * Get serious about canceling projects which don't perform and breaking apart… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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