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Despite its size, still a rewarding and inspiring place to work

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in New York, NY
Current Employee - Senior User Experience Designer in New York, NY

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Google takes on big, audacious, challenging problems that give you the opportunity to impact the world. You're surrounded by brilliant people who work hard, get things done, and inspire you to elevate your game. There are inspiring, world-changing projects all around you, and even if you have not yet had the opportunity to work on one, I find satisfaction just being able to observe from the inside. Larry has done an amazing job transforming the company from one known for world-class engineering to one that also understands and appreciates design and the more human side of building great products. Maybe most of all, I love working at a place that values human rights, diversity, and acceptance.

Cons

The company is huge, there's no denying it. Larry and his team do a great job of keeping things nimble and making the company feel much smaller than it is, but no one can say it feels like a small company anymore. In a company filled with hard workers and overachievers, it's easy to get too caught up on pay, the performance review process, and getting promoted. This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging. And as open and egalitarian as Google tries to be, their compensation system is very opaque, which creates an information asymmetry between employer and employee. (Not different from most places, it's just that Google makes itself out to be open, but this is one area where they are not.) Some product groups value excellence and quality more than others, but that's probably true anywhere.

Advice to Management

Continue to improve the performance review system, work on real ways of helping people maintain a healthy work-life balance, and make the compensation system more open. And of course, continue to change the world.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great Place to Get Lost with So Many People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Contractor - Contractor in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, lots of people, perks

    Cons

    can feel lost like an ant


  2. Helpful (2)

    Fabulous place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Whip smart people; A meritocracy where smart people are listened to; They are willing to allocate amazing amount of resources to solve problems. Amazing benefits (food, technology, lectures and other extra activities). Great mix of interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    High expectation to achieve. Sometimes what they say the company's values are and what is actually applied don't completely match.

    Advice to Management

    Keep encouraging employee's creativity


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