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Spent 5+ years in Marketing - it's different from being an engineer at Google

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Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Awesome people, hands down. Peers and colleagues. Some of the brightest people. Company policies on expenses, perks, family, pets, etc. - all outstanding.

Cons

Salary isn't the best on the market. Google knows it can pay less than it has to, because people want to work for it. Google has departments working on formulas meant to pay you as little as possible. Huge fight to get to the top - everyone is in a race. A culture of overachievers, which means you have to sacrifice personal and social life to move up the ranks. I've seen amazing rates of burnout among marketing. Too much. Also, middle management can be incompetent or too busy racing to the top to care about you. Everything is in formulas, and just doing a great job is not enough. You need to shop yourself and shout about your achievements as loud as you can in order to get promoted. Also, the commute from the city sucks. Oh, and the company's product strategy is a laughing stock. Google jumps on every shiny object. It's one thing to reinvent an industry, but to launch clones is just low. Google+ is shoved down everyone's throat. Google Offers was a Groupon clone. And nobody cares about the user, the company is totally evil. Decisions are made based on $$$, and not the user in mind. Don't be fooled.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop the cutthroat practices. Force people to leave the office at 7:30 - literally, not just with a lame "you should go home". Young people are slaving their lives away for the company where you probably won't work 2 years from now. Help them enjoy themselves, their work, and the friendships they've made.

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    Loved every minute.

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    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Free food even for contractors (red badge employees). Very smart co-workers. Fun collaboration. Opportunity to get more responsibility to grow your skills. If you work there as a contractor, I recommend trying to apply for and get a full time position as soon as possible.

    Cons

    It kind of sucks to be a red badge employee. People try really hard not to treat you differently, but the fact is, you are different. As a contractor, you are not a shoe-in for a full-time position, even on your own team. Engineers can have a hard time taking ideas from experts in the application of certain tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help existing teams build better products, instead of starting from scratch every time. The team I was on, it solved one problem and was patched together to serve the needs of a wider base of users. Research was not really done on competitive products. A product was just "new" and built, without regard for what users might actually need. I was surprised this happened at Google, but I guess it's just the way it is sometimes.

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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Telecom Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Telecom Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Food, benefits, work-life balance, Flexibility to move teams.

    Cons

    No Ladder growth, many misuse WFH option

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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