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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

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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.

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    It is a pleasure

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

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best Work Life Balance ever seen

    Cons

    Poor Career Growth
    Promotion review is dysfunctional

    Advice to Management

    get real!

  2. Helpful (1)

    It's good.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the technology, culture and perks in Google. I like the fact that Google has many offices all over the world.

    Cons

    It grows to 30,000 employees by the end of 2011. and It starts to show similar problems as the previous big companies.

    Advice to Management

    They should focus on our main business such as search, ads, mobile and make progress faster. Don't create more intermediate layers in hierarchy.

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