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Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Intern - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Recommends
Positive Outlook

Pros

Awesome workplace and brightest minds in the industry.

Cons

Long work hours and complex projects.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility and autonomy Flexible work schedule Perks Feel like you're making an impact Surrounded by really smart people

    Cons

    Really big company-- hard to stand out Movement within company is horizontal more than vertical


  2. Helpful (13)

    The best there is

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    No company is perfect, but Larry and Sergey aim at running a great one. Free food is just the beginning, although parents of small kids will find it especially liberating to bring them over for dinner after a hard day of work rather than cooking. There are weekly TGIF meeting swhere pretty much all important confidential company plans are shared with employees and the later have an opportunity to ask any questions they wish to Larry, Sergey and any presenters. Quality of coworkers rocks. Managers are restricted to people/project decisions and do not interfere in technical aspects of the job. There are always parties, gifts, events and learning opportunities of both technical and personal nature. This is definitely a place where you can work 9-5 and prioritize family, school events and so on if you so choose. If you are a workaholic, you will definitely be accommodated. While the later group may justifiably receive promotions and pay hikes, but the former will not fired or mistreated for their choices. If you have what it takes, join and never look back!

    Cons

    Mandatory code reviews create a government like culture where people can "filibuster" something they don't like by just whining and refusing to approve the contribution until the author gives in. There is a lack of a single person or team who is responsible for an overall priorities and schedule of a given project. Separate control of various aspects, like feature, UI and code can stunt timely progress of a product. You have to be competent and self-confident to comfortably work with competent and often hard-headed people. Interview process is capricious and often rejects well-qualified and valuable people for irrational reasons, like "staying at the previous company too long".

    Advice to Management

    Reward incremental improvement achieved on time and discourage unbounded debates and expectation of unrealistic perfection or margins of proof at the expense of results. Develop a more rational hiring process, for example review effectiveness of different interview givers with in-house tech wizardry and let the best ones take charge. Pat yourself in the back. You did way better than any other large tech company, especially the old guard ones that have not prioritized becoming great places to work, regardless of weather they are technically innovative or financially successful


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