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Weird Culture

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Current Employee - Video Services Specialist in Thornton, CO
Current Employee - Video Services Specialist in Thornton, CO

I have been working at Google

Pros

The food was great. The place was fun to work. The people are capable and smart.

Cons

The management was too far removed from our group. They really had no idea what we did or how. And they never asked. The would make power plays against each other that would adversely affect the day to day of the people working below them. There was a very strong feeling of working "for" them, Not "With" them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

lose the OKR's. People just write what you want them to and it is ineffective.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok, not as great as the main campus in Mountain View

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Overall an ok place to work. Good food, smart co workers. Fairly interesting work, though not always. Upper management is very transparent and open.

    Cons

    The Seattle office is definitely more top down and autocratic than most other Google offices. Far less freedom to change projects and work on things that interest you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop hiring so fast

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Google IS All That

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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

    Recommends
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