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7 people found this helpful  

Very hard to land on projects that benefit your career.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time (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
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    All that glitters is not gold

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

    I worked at Google as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Food, games, entertainment on campus. They pay crazy to people.

    Cons

    Food, Games and Entertainment on campus so you live there, eat there and spend the entire work day there. No family please.
    Some leaders in HR are super arrogant, rude and behave like dictator since they think Google is end of the world for everyone
    They do not say but they hire only certain age group people.
    If you are not from good school you are not for Google. Steve Jobs could never work for Google, so he created Apple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible but not quite as bad as financial companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    One word: money. The compensation, including the stock, is very good, and there aren't many other places that pay so well. The benefits are OK too but you need to be careful: for example, they have good insurance policies but by default they push you towards the bad ones.

    Cons

    Everything else. The offices are placed in the cities. Horrible commute, non-stop parking troubles. The offices themselves are horrible, very densely packed. It's the only place I've seen that has more densely packed offices than the banks. When you sign up, you don't get to know, what group you'll be assigned too. The job itself is incredibly stupid, you're guaranteed to be vastly overqualified for it. The smugness level is amazing, the smug is so thick you can cut it with a knife. There are worse places to work (i.e. banks) but for the technical companies it's a deeply substandard one. No wonder that the people who stay there for a long time are mostly the new grads, who haven't seen anything better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open some offices in the decent suburb locations, and make the offices less horrible

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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