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I build things, and it's fun!

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Current Employee - Software Engineer
Current Employee - Software Engineer

I have been working at Google full-time

Pros

+ Larry wants us to keep the soul of a startup, even though we no longer are one. In some teams, like the ones I've been on, this has been possible - going from an idea to millions of users on a new product in < 2 years. Twice.
+ Product areas work on complex problems with awesome technical infrastructure set up already!
+ Smart peers, awesome project, if you get lucky or a particular team wants you.

Cons

+ Not-as-smart peers if you are not lucky, and possibly less-exciting projects, too. In this case you need to pay your dues on that project for 12-18 months, before being able to transfer.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Enough with Google+ corrupting every single product in the name of Google+ success - I don't want a +Page for my YouTube account!

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    Awesome people. Awesome problems.

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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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great food, amazing tools. Really the best place for an engineer.

    Cons

    You have to fight for the good projects. Everyone around you is smart. (This is a good thing though.)

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    Wonderful but very Intense hours and commitment.

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Where do I start. Fantastic casual work environment. You only wear sweaters and shorts all day every day. Free food everywhere you look and a wonderful transit system that takes you to and from work.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Very competitive.

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