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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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    Company is so big, feel like a number....

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are unmatched by other employers!
    Office environment is over the top.

    Cons

    After being acquired, I went from being recognized for my contributions to being a number. Hated the review process and rating peers. Some peers would rate you and not have any direct contact with you. Didn't seem fair!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the review process. The current evaluation process with ratings from people who don't work directly with you isn't fair.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overqualified for the work given

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    Amazing meals, free laundry, free high end gym, snacks, and some games to play

    Cons

    The work was pretty much menial. I graduated with an engineering degree and was expected to continue doing data center work fixing servers with no clearly defined end in sight. The work needs to be done, which is acceptable, but at least tack on some challenging stimulating work to it.

    A decent amount of bureaucracy.

    No benefits. No vacation. No health care.

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