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Inconsistent managers plague Google

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Former Employee - Engineering and Sales  in  Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Engineering and Sales in Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

Pros

Perks, food, successful company, some cool products, resume builder

Cons

Your time at Google is entirely dependent on the capabilities of your manager.

I worked in MTV for 4.5 years and I've never been at a place with more inconsistent quality of managers. I reported to 6 managers during my time. A few were great, but others were horrifyingly bad. Had enough with my last manager, who was self serving and not well liked by his group, yet the company did NOTHING to remove him. Decided to chart my own course by joining a startup that was more human focused. Have not regretted my decision whatsoever. Much happier now. Too many Google managers are often the victim of their own hubris + lack of real world experience.

In 2005, Google was a place where you could change things and make decisions quickly. Now, it is a place to be a cog in a giant profit machine.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop hiring people based on metrics like academic pedigree and grade point average. Focus on human skills and leadership ability. Proactively address cases of poor middle management rather than sticking your head in the sand.

Doesn't Recommend
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    Former Employee - Associate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    free food, gym, perks. big name for recognition.

    Cons

    Company big on branding human resources w/ employees at the top of the hierarchy, and then contractors , and finally temp workers. Badges identify status with the company. Contractors and temps restricted to only work-site building/zone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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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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