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Very hard to land on projects that benefit your career.

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Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

Pros

Benefits are good.
Shuttle transportation can be useful for many people.
Occasionally there are interesting talks (but conference rooms are often way too tiny.)

Cons

The interviews are really bad for the applicant: you learn nothing from what you will be doing and are interviewed only by people from completely different areas of expertise than yours.
If you decide to come here, expect to have 5-6 layers of management above you. Unless your are a big shot or manage to get a strong ally, you often get the promise of leading some significant project, only to be exchanged without notice with more "experienced" people.
Only a minority of engineers get to do the interesting stuff: Google+, Knowledge Graph, etc. If you are part of the other 99%, things are less exciting and the lower your rank is, the less freedom you have.

Doesn't Recommend
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No opinion of CEO

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    Awesome and likely to get better

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - extremely smart and firendly peers and managers
    - open-minded and inclusive culture
    - working on huge-scale, high-impact products and services
    - drive to innovate on all levels in areas
    - big exposure, always in the news
    - plenty of learning opportunities

    Cons

    Nothing to mention as of yet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good work, continue to hire great people, and keep looking for world-class innovations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great and very fast paced!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Exposure to lots of technology and expected to learn all at the same time, super fun!

    Cons

    Hard place to leave, so exciting all the new technology that's coming out!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep innovating and plugging away at revolutionized the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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