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

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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

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    Cool internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    - Great array of internal learning resources.
    - Great internship program, a lot of interns for all over the world.
    - Great place to meet other smart people and make new friends.
    - Great food, and there are many fun events throughout the summer.

    Cons

    - Most tools used are internal-only instead of open-source, so you may not gain a lot of transferrable skills.
    - Big company, not a lot of transparency and can't make a big impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like the way you take care of your employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Oh how the mighty have fallen...

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Good way to start career and build up resume.
    Reasonably good benefits.
    Company still not universally hated/distrusted.
    If you want, you can literally do nothing for years.

    Cons

    Grown too fast, became a large company.
    More political and inefficient than any place I ever worked at.
    If you want to do big things and impact the world, this is not the place.
    Many, many, many layers of middle management rejects from Microsoft, IBM, etc.
    Founders disengaged (this happens in most successful startups, but it is devastating at Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have Larry and Sergey re-engage. Look through your organizations, spend some time there. Find out why people are leaving and fix the problems. And finally - Net Neutrality - how could you? I never wanted to use Bing, I am now. Sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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