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Simply amazing workplace with incredible opportunities

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

Pros

We work with some of the smartest, most ambitious, and intelligent people around. The problems that we tackle are have great impact worldwide. The work is incredibly challenging and interesting. We're constantly told to think bigger. We really are trying to change the world.

We have a great amount of resources at our fingertips. With a couple of commands, I can run a service on thousands of machines worldwide. We have access to pretty much what we need to do our job.

Because Google is involved in a large number of industries, there are plenty of opportunities abound to find something that you're interested in. We are highly encouraged to move around the company.

The company really takes care of us professionally and personally. The benefits are incredibly high. My team has been on offsites to Tahoe, Vegas, and Hawaii in the last year. The company creates an environment where you don't really want to leave campus.

Lastly, being on the inside and seeing all of the technology before it launches is really like seeing the future. Some of the unannounced products that we're working on is science fiction.

Cons

There are many projects that get rejected or shutdown because they aren't Google-scale. Any of these projects that gets rejected would be really successful if it was created by a startup. This also means that the bar for launch is much higher.

Google is no longer a startup. It is hard to move fast. We try to balance creating innovative products and a consistent user experience that makes it hard to move quickly as you end up spending a lot of time trying to integrate into existing products.

You are working with incredibly intelligent and incredibly ambitious people. This makes the environment a bit competitive and people focused on what gets them ahead.

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L-Team, keep up the good work.

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    QA at Google

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    All perks are good. Good environment.

    Cons

    Some offices are too big and noisy

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    All glam, just a cog in another corporate wheel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great food, smart people, and a healthy work-life balance. Did I mention that the food is really great? Because it is.

    Cons

    Super hierarchical structure, not a meritocracy. At the end of the day, you're just a cog in a big money-making machine, so your work will be not that interesting. There's a ton of bureaucracy to deal with as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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