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Inconsistent managers plague Google

Engineering and Sales (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

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

ConsYour 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a pleasure

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Pros: Best Work Life Balance ever seen Cons: Poor Career Growth Promotion review is dysfunctional Advice to Senior Management: get real! Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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    It's good.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros: I like the technology, culture and perks in Google. I like… Cons: It grows to 30,000 employees by the end of 2011. and… Advice to Senior Management: They should focus on our main business such as search, ads,… More

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