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Google IS All That

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
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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. 3 people found this helpful

    A great place for software engineers, but not researchers

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    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.

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  2. 5 people found this helpful

    one of the great companies of our time

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    There is no finer collection of engineering talent on the planet. Good perks, great free food. Fantastic talks from visiting speakers.

    Cons

    Google doesn't compete on speed -- it competes on quality. In that regard it is a lot like Blizzard. So if you're entrepreneurial and like to attack new markets this is not a good place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    guys, you still think you can attack any market. The reality is: Google's culture produces high quality, high performance products ... slowly. Therefore, don't waste your time and effort competing in rapidly evolving markets like social networks -- concentrate instead on staid and stodgy markets where the dominant design is clear and quality, performance and cost are significant differentiators. Android, Chrome and Chrome OS are good examples, but also, why not kill Oracle, EMC, Cloudera, etc.? As for facebook, wait for social networking to mature, then fight on quality.

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