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unfair, boring place (at least outside of engineering)

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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

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

delicious food, massages, TGIF/ other nice events, generally smart people (but also many are total weirdos), many engineers truly passionate about products

Cons

unfair/ slow promotions process (if you manager really likes you you get promoted, if they sort of like you you're in purgatorium forever, if they don't you're managed out). boring work. red tape. all big company problems and more. many products competing with each other or duplicating effort. chaos in communication between teams. bureaucracy in order to get simple stuff fone. Disrespect for non-eng functions. declining quality of hires.

Advice to Management

FIx all the above problems!!

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Dynamic and fast-paced

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for fresh grads. Dynamic and full of energy. A lot of independence. A place to network with very capable people. Good for learning cutting-edge engineering and networking.

    Cons

    It seems that there is somewhat shortage of clarify about people's functions over there. Overlap of work is common. But most of people are very bright working there. It seems many people care more about enhancement of PowerPoint rather than company products. Still it is a company with great potential.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce a lot of mid-layers of management (i.e., those forwarding emails around). Focus on core engineering development. Avoid redundancy in many peripheral functions. Google will remain No. 1 in search for many many years to come.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Not the place for good recruiters.

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    Former Employee - Leadership Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Leadership Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like Disneyland, great food, fun environment, fantastic resources and a shuttle! Overall really great environment to be in.

    Cons

    Can't get anything done, so much red tape. As a Recruiter you are really just a paper shuffler and Hiring managers rule the roost so if they are incompetent then your hands are tied and there is no way to be successful. Huge company politics are in play and it is difficult to figure out who to align yourself with. If a process isn't working there is no way to effect any real change.

    Advice to Management

    Hire Recruiters who know what they are doing and let them manage the hiring managers. Split recruiting into three levels, paper pushers for junior roles, mid to senior level recruiters and executive recruiters. Recruiters who are working on mid to executive level positions should be of a high caliber and be viewed as consultants who's expertise is needed and respected. Set them up to be successful and provide an ats system that actually works and make it mandatory to keep data in the system and not on a bunch of spreadsheets.

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