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Ate lunch with Al Gore, ate lunch on 60 Minutes, worked hard, worked late, missed the ipo.

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Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

I was a contractor, and you must know that as a contractor your number one job is to make yourself invaluable to Google for an entire year. Be there early, stay late, do everything your're asked to and three or four times that. Go out with your coworkers, go out with your boss, become a Googler even though you aren't. Yes the pay sucks, but you have an opportunity to get your foot in the door. Introduce yourself to Larry and Sergei, make sure they know who you are. Do your job well, and don't be shy about telling others what you are excited about. It's a collaboration mecca. You can learn a lot while you're here, and you can pick a lot of brains that you may never get to rub elbows with again.

Oh and lunch is free, live bands on Fridays, lots of parties, ski trips, etc. Just sneak in, on or into. No big deal.

Cons

Sneaking into company events. Explaining that you're not with adwords but you actually have a meaningful project.

The general disdain most googlers have for the adwords crowd.

No job security, low pay, low respect. For contractors.

If you want to try to get a full time job here, don't have other plans for a year. AT ALL.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Realize that you have talent in your contractor pool. Keep an eye out for folks who want to work hard and learn more, they deserve your attention. Get rid of people who are all play, keep the ones who struggle to party, but have a great time when they do.

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    Great ideas, poor execution

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    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Google has great ideas on how to improve the world, and I feel they aim towards making these ideas a reality.

    Cons

    Unfortunately execution is mediocre. Rather than putting 100% effort into these ideas, they don't devote enough resources, which ultimately leads to many projects being shelved.

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    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Smart people work here so its enjoyable

    Cons

    Too big already, not a startup feel

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