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Beyond the fantasy, Google is still corporate.

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Former Employee - Technical Sourcer  in  Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

Pros

They definitely encourage a good work life balance. When dealing with other areas of life, they ensure that employees are given enough time to take care of everything. The perks are great as well - free food, snacks, and drinks, author talks, artists who perform, game areas - these are all things that relieve stress and enable employees to focus better and be more productive.

Cons

Google is still a corporation, and there are some managers who don't fit well within the culture. Since they play down titles, and the organizational structure is flat, micro managers kill morale.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

When timelines and quotas are tight - give employees space to breathe instead of breathing down their necks. Everyone at Google is type A, and able to pull their own weight. Just give them the information they need and they will take care of it.

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  1.  

    Great place to work, but challenging leadership problems at scale.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Google, even through a period of explosive growth, continues to be a great innovation hub. The engineering culture has managed to attract some of the brightest minds in computer science, with access to vast resources and people with experience and expertise across a broad range of functions. Working at Google is a fantastic way to meet and learn from some of these folks, and to gain exposure to some of the largest distributed computing systems in the world.

    And of course, the benefits are best-in-class, included the lauded Google chefs and various on-site amenities. If you can find a way to build some upside, whether that's around compensation, equity, or career advancement, Google is a fantastic place to work.

    Cons

    As the company grows, more and more groups compete for the attention of senior management, which has continued to keep a tight grasp on the operations of the company. It becomes very difficult to operate strategically, as the opportunities for high-level feedback are few and far between. And on those occasions that you do have the opportunity to solicit feedback, it's generally very disruptive and can often times be untimely or driven by subjective factors. To management's credit, this "sparse micromanagement" is an acknowledged problem, and more and more senior managers at the director level are taking ownership of large strategic initiatives. As the company starts to transform its leadership culture, there will be interesting changes in the way products are developed, from charter through launch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management has done an excellent job in focusing on the "head" of priorities - web search, advertising, and some of the larger initiatives like Apps. It's time to find a way to bring order to the chaotic array of micro-projects that are competing for resources, and to empower middle managers to prioritize and execute on those projects in a way that inspires confidence and belief in a shared set of priorities across the company.

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  2.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    LV style Free Meal. Free Shuttle. Campus environment. Salary is so so.

    Best 1st job out of college.

    Cons

    Most of the Googlers have only been working for 1 or 2 years in Google. Still very young company.

    High turn over after stock option exercised.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide business travel flight for oversea.

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