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Google IS All That

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior People Programs Specialist in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior People Programs Specialist in Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

Pros

Delicious, healthy gourmet meals - for free
Intelligent, hard-working co-workers who are all such interesting people with incredible talents beyond their work
Great balance - you can learn and play at work and mgmt supports this
Lots of career opportunities
Good resume builder

Cons

Big company means that jobs become very specialized
It's a bit chaotic - great if you are good with change and ambiguity - but some people have a hard time
Engineering is treated as a golden child so if you are in another part of the company, you are often not treated as respected or treated quite as well - that said, most perks and benefits are company-wide

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stick to the core principles that make Google great and always take the high road
Don't operate out of fear (e.g. last year's layoffs)
Keep trying to create space for innovation even as processes become solidified

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    Dead end, But the perks disguise that fact nicely...for a few years

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    All of the things you've already read about: Food, Dogs, 401k.

    Looks great on a resume: When you're ready to move on in your career, having Google on your resume in any context almost guarantees an initial interview just because folks are curious about Google and why you would ever want to leave.

    Cons

    No career development / ladder / useful feedback. If you're not Eng, you're nothing.

    FAIR WARNING: When you realize there is more to a career than free food and you start to apply with other companies you will most likely be asked if you know how to behave yourself / act like an adult / perform in a traditional office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't hire top tier college attending, 4.0 earning, type A, OCD personalities then expect them to do menial work. Contract it out, or recognize that there are plenty of people in this world who would be THRILLED to do said menial tasks, and get rid of the ridiculous hiring requirements for those positions.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place for software engineers, but not researchers

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Total compensation is very good. Benefits are good, too. Free food, drinks, and stuff. Very flexible work environment. Flat hierarchy of management. Huge codebases to start with. Good for software engineers to develop skills. Good to put on resume.

    Cons

    Work pressure is big. The company likes code better than research ideas. Research progress is slow due to the constraints on the tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google research can be more dedicated on advancing the state-of-the-art to compete with other industrial research labs such as Microsoft Research and IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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