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Good company for engineers, strong work culture, company getting too big & hierarchical

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Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google full-time (more than a year)

Pros

- Set the standard for employee benefits and perks (cafeteria food options, shuttle, holiday parties, holiday gifts, gym, etc.)
- Guest speakers and visitors (my favorite part about the company. People from Condoleezza Rice to David Beckham to Lady Gaga have visited)
- Co-workers are all extremely smart, driven, and generally interesting people
- If you're an engineer, they have a strong career path ladder for you
- Brand recognitions and resume builder. It opens up opportunities for you.

Cons

- As a very engineering centric company, not as many other resources go towards the supporting functions. Engineers have a clear career path, yet this can be difficult to navigate if you're in another role. However, there is much internal mobility.
- Like any large company, Google is very hierarchical. It's who you know.
- Priorities are constantly changing.
- Can almost be a utopian society
- People have golden handcuffs here. There are brilliant people who are doing jobs that they're not passionate about and that they're overqualified for. However, because of company brand and reputation, they perceive it to be worthwhile.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Treat all people equally. Place value in full time and contract employees. There is a culture of treating contracted employees as second class citizens, and that's not productive.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great first job out of college! Serious disconnect going on within management.

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    Former Employee - Online Operations Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Online Operations Associate in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    It's like working and playing at a university campus that happens to be called Google. Awesome perks to appease those in their 20s and 30s. Great for living up your fresh-out-of-college years. The first few years feel new, shiny, and amazing. Google is practically mecca for engineers.

    Cons

    That appeal fades over time, though, and it's very difficult to grow inside the company. You'll wonder what good is your Ivy League degree (or similar) in a place like Google where the company recruits and boasts the "best and brightest" simply because it can afford to. You're not able to put your hard work, talent, and aspiration to good use or to anything meaningful. Google is definitely not all that awesome for non-engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is the only constant at Google. I get that. But, seriously, stop changing managers all the time. Try to get really good people who are in it for the long haul. Managers that were extensively vetted and hired by Google directly are generally far better than managers that somehow slipped into Google because Google bought the company they used to work for (I find they tend to be less qualified, capable, and professional). I've had two managers who disappeared the next day to pursue greener pastures with barely any notice. I've also experience three managerial changes that were done in an attempt to address "silos" and "operational duplication" but ultimately put the team through the wringer several times.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Google is a great place, but I've had a mixed experience - it's sometimes hard to be a happy person if everyone is great

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with great people, awesome salary, benefits, the place is chock full of good people. There is a very advanced internal software infrastructure for you to learn about and use, that will be more capable in many ways than any place in the world. And Google has world leader work loads - everyone says that but its true for the big g.

    Cons

    Hard to deal with being average, if you were a super-achiever in your old job (most of the not-great people were weeded at interview time, as well as many other good people).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company feels like its lacking in career advance possibilities. Advancing requires working with more highly rated people to rate your review, and there are a lot more of them in MTV. The Seattle offices almost certainly have (1) more experienced people than other offices (msft, amzn), (2) lower promotion trajectory, because its more competitive. It's common for recruiters to say, we rejected this person for Seattle, but we'll take them for mtv.

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