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Smartest people I've worked with, fantastic benefits, but becoming more political

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

Pros

- The smartest people I've ever worked with
- Fantastic benefits and access to resources needed
- Never stop learning from others
- Open culture, people openly share knowledge, very few secrets relative to other companies

Cons

- Senior management in the weeds too much
- Very silo'd roles, hard to break out of your career ladder vertical
- Lack of career paths, and career advice
- Becoming more political over time

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Focus on leading the company strategy and not on tactical UI and product decisions
- Work hard on ensuring that politics is minimized as the company grows

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work, however limited growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Google Online Sales Strategist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Google Online Sales Strategist in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    - awesome benefits
    - great 401k match
    - By far some of the smartest people
    - Work on interesting issues and projects
    - Great environment

    Cons

    - You do work pretty hard.
    - Limited career growth opportunities. Only hire MBAs for manager positions.
    - Managers aren't than capable and don't understand the job.
    - Good to stay and learn for 4 years but you will need to leave in order to grow your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't require MBAs for managers. Our managers aren't great. There are also limited career growth opportunities (especially in OSO).

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  2.  

    Still a great place to work, despite the growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You're working with top people in the world, the culture is very very relaxed, flex time, great benefits, free food.

    Cons

    The environment has changed since the early days. This may just be Operations jobs and does not necessarily apply to all Engineering though. Even still it's a great job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More and more talented people are leaving for new startups or other areas of the company. I don't have a specific solution but the reason is that the place has become too bureaucratic and it is much more difficult to work on fun new projects in Operations.

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