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A nice place, but in the South Bay

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Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Developer in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

- Great benefits, reputation
- Coworkers were wonderful, intelligent people
- Many learning opportunities
- Middle management was actually quite intelligent and effective

Cons

- Commuting to the South Bay every day
- Products continue to worsen, as design and usability take a backseat to quality
- Android
- Work/life balance was quite terrible

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Let more folks work out of the SF office full-time!!

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 16 people found this helpful  

    Great company to get you spoiled on perks but culture is getting very corporate.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    High salary. Many perks. Great breakfast and lunch. Working with some very smart people. Learning all the Google technology. Free phone or tablet once a year. If you worked on a cool product and post on social media, you would probably have many followers. Company encourages employees to move around within the company. Free shuttle service to work.

    Cons

    Working with some very smart people can also turn into a bad thing because some smart people are real a** hole sometimes. Company is getting big and corporate. 20% project is available only when 100% is done. Performance review is still a mystery to me. I had gotten bad rating for working my butt off and good rating for not doing much.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, fantastic perks. I learned more here than I have anywhere else in my professional history. The older teams, such as infrastructure and apps have people that can teach you more in an hour than you learn many places in your entire tenure.

    Cons

    most of the technology is inhouse, and google faces problems no one else does, so what you learn is non-transferable. Offices outside of Mountain View are treated very poorly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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