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Elitist, Arrogant Managers with low self-awareness

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I worked at Google

Pros

Great food, amenities and good compensation.
Excellent location in Chelsea.

Cons

#1- Current Recruiting practice has some very strange practices and the rather junior, mediocre recruiting staff are afraid to challenge

#2-Inflexible recruiting practices that hire against a set of ideals vs business needs. At least 1,000 people a day are screened out due to ridiculous ideals that are never questioned

#3-Recruiting practices that do not improve without 18 layers of approvals and weak recruiting leadership.

#4-Strong recruiters leave. Mediocre recruiters stay so that they can provide more convolution to an already convoluted process.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire for the business, creativity and potential, not academic credentials or schools. Get rid of the current recruiting leadership.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    FIx all the above problems!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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