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Google - world's #1 springboard but ultimately not a nice place to grow old

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Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Bruno, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in San Bruno, CA

Pros

Responsibility and ability to make impact early in one's career

Cons

Very abysmal senior management. Lack of strategy, frequent changes of strategy, arbitrary success metrics. Many are in the "billionaires" club and have checked out without realizing it. While they claim to be nimble, too many have made their orgs top heavy and are not able to cultivate the next level of managers - too few performers are given management responsibility.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Step aside for the next generation. You've had countless failures under your belt such as Checkout, Product Search, Video (not You Tube!) and Display advertising, but rather than admit that you keep a core group of people at the steering wheel who aren't skilled to motivate people nor guide the multitude of products to success

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Google is fun, quirky, smart, cool, inspiring. But it can still just be a job.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

    The prestige. What can I say--it's kinda cool the reaction it stirs when you tell people you work for Google. It's like that first time you used it, and got just the right result on the first try--very satisfying.
    Free food. It's great not to have to worry about feeding yourself, and the food and snacks are fantastic in New York.
    Smart people. If you're on the product/engineering side of things you'll work with some of the sharpest people in the industry. Most have stellar academic records and are just plain brilliant. If you're on the sales side, it's a different story, not that there are not plenty of bright, talented sales people. It's just a different kind of intelligence and not as prevalent.
    Cool products. It's awesome to watch the new products roll out, and to test them while they're in development.

    Cons

    It's become a very large company with a lot of the bureaucratic trappings that come with growth.
    Google deliberately has a very high failure rate for products, so occasionally you can love an idea or product and not see it come to fruition fully. It seems like the attention span is short, and sometimes products that could be successful are prematurely shut down.
    Career guidance can be spotty. They purport to be very concerned with career development, but moving to another team can be like pulling teeth.
    I think there are a lot of arrogant people at Google, but perhaps that's how every big, popular company is or that's how really smart, talented people are. I've heard it's worse at other companies actually which makes me terrified to ever leave Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote more from within.
    Be humble, and tone down the self-congratulatory rhetoric especially at the sales conferences.
    Abolish the peer review system which ends up becoming a popularity contest, and require managers to be objective judges of their employees' contributions and performance.
    Pay more.

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  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    As good as I thought it would be

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Good compensation, great benefits, great culture. Also, the fact that after working with Google, you can basically pick where you want to work next. Working on new and exciting projects (Android, etc.). Learning from the best is a great way to enhance your skills and develop professionally.

    Cons

    You gotta put a lot of work in, and working with so many talented people can be intimidating. Some of the people (especially people who were here before the IPO) can be a little full of themselves (but most people are pretty down-to-earth). Also, with so many people working there, sometimes it can be easy to feel a little powerless, and you might not have the same sense of personal accomplishment that you do with a smaller startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

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