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Great company, but poor low-level management and hiring process.

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

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

Pros

Great salary and benefits.
Wide range of products to work on.
Name recognition conveys huge status.
Great people and culture.

Cons

Google has an enormous number of divisions, and I can only speak to the one I ended up in - YMMV.
My work area was a warehouse with open ceilings, concrete floors, and metal desks arranged in groups of six people in a workspace.
The interview process was generic, so that once you are approved, you go into a pool of candidates from which managers pick new hires. I only had a half-hour phone interview with my future boss before I had to decide whether to take the position.
My boss never allowed me to work with anyone on a project to get me up to speed, despite numerous requests for help. He assigned me the task of writing the specs for a major modification which included several groups not in my area - a task I would not expect of anyone with less than two years experience in the division, yet he assigned it to a person with less than four months experience.
HR won't let you change groups until you have completed a year in your first position, so no allowance for bad fits is made.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Don't waste your employees. HR should strive to find a good fit for a qualified candidate that is struggling in one group rather than turning it into a sink or swim proposition.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Cool perks, arrogant people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    food, perks, brand name, cool office spaces

    Cons

    arrogant people, not product focussed

  2. 2 people found this helpful

    ok

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    food is amazing and the people are smart

    Cons

    different treatment for contractors (tvcs)

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