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Excellent, but Stressful.

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Former Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

I worked at Google

Pros

Great infrastructure, great technology, great food (bad for keeping fit though).

Cons

Slow process from idea to launch, too many hoops to run through.
Infrastructure not easily transferable outside of Google.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

More efficient ways to go from ideas to launch.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, glad to have worked there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Brilliant coworkers.
    Culture promotes continuous learning. There's a famous author, artist or industry leader giving a talk or performance at the company every week.
    Amazing perks. 50% match in 401k.

    Cons

    Inexperienced middle managers who are where they are because they were strong individual contributors, and not necessarily strong people managers.
    Becoming more and more political.
    Lack of autonomy in your job. Decisions, even the most inconsequential, seem to be made by a few people in each department.
    Few career advancement opportunities.
    No work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees and managers to make more decisions on their own. Allow for more risk taking and autonomy.
    Hire, promote and value leaders who excel at developing and managing people. Make managing employees a full time job, not something to be done only during review time. Managers who remain hands on end up competing with their own direct reports.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Google is a great company to work for

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    1. Lots of smart people around.
    2. Technology knowledge is abound, and is easily accessible.
    3. Job impact on the world is tremendous.
    4. Neat perks.

    Cons

    Company is now very large, so it takes a while for things to happen: on the org side, and on the tech side, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For new projects that Google starts, think of them more as an investor, not an employer. Ask harder questions about the target audience, go to market strategy, expected returns. This will hopefully help avoid the flops like Wave was which nobody could even explain without demoing it.

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