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  1. Google

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very good company to work for. They provide great benefits and treat their employees well.

    Cons

    You must work long hours.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice.


  2. Helpful (6)

    I hate myself

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free Food, Easy work hours

    Cons

    Never get to see my product make it to launch

    Advice to Management

    Please, please, please pay me 10% more...oh wait, you did


  3. Nice position

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    too much work and very weird hours!

    Advice to Management

    have a good work life balance


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  5. Helpful (6)

    great benefits, culture struggling

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    projects have high visibility & impact work with very intelligent colleagues employees are well catered to

    Cons

    elitism and arrogance are commonplace low promotion rate = highly competitive as company grows individual work becomes less impactful

    Advice to Management

    rebuild the company into crossfunctional business units to regain agility


  6. Software

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sicily Island, LA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sicily Island, LA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the top 10 companies in America to work for according to Fortune magazine. Its one of the best experiences that I have ever had.

    Cons

    This job is sometimes stressful. I cant really say anythign else about this company that is bad. Good company overall.

    Advice to Management

    They need to however, hire from a wide range of places. They only get graduates form one school.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Already very good and trying to get better

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is still a great place to go out and have an impact as an individual engineer and to have a chance to work with other awesome engineers. Management regularly makes it clear how important the individual contributor is to the company, and routinely solicits options and ideas from across the company. There has been a lot of work on addressing past weakness with career development through more manager training, more developed mentorship programs, and more talks / transparency on the performance review process. This has been part of a trend in the company to stay aware of what issues are concerning employees across the board and attempt to fix them.

    Cons

    The non-confrontational culture of Google, though generally a perk, causes some issues. Under-performance is still often ignored or poorly-addressed. Interpersonal conflicts can become passive-aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Google is a good place to work and the devotion to continuously improving the workplace is well-known and appreciate. Though some individuals can be annoying, and most have never used the privilege, employees love that they can bring up their concerns openly to upper management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Fun Place To Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great community and a great place to work. The benefits are top notch and the managers seem to generally care about the career future of their employees.

    Cons

    Work is all about self-starting, for good or for bad. If you don't try and create your own projects or find things to do, you will end up doing the things no one wants to do. While this is good for innovation, it makes the first few months on the job suck, as you won't know enough about the baseline to innovate anything.

    Advice to Management

    In finance, automation should be key. The analysts spend too much time doing things that a computer could take care of. Either purchase software to do some of the job or force internal engineering to develop new applications faster.


  9. Helpful (8)

    Poor ethics, cult-like atmosphere

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great side benefits, free food, nice setting for a corporation. Some of the people were nice to work with, young atmosphere

    Cons

    all benefits at Google are provided so as to keep you at work as long as possible. Serious egotism is a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Google leadership needs to remove themselves from their self created pedestal. The world would not end if Google suddenly no longer existed.


  10. Google Sales Organization Review

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant employees that are remarkably able to solve complex problems, especially in engineering. Wonderful perks and healthy work / life balance.

    Cons

    Sales organization is run poorly, as it contains non-sales personnel that are under-compensated. There is a bit of a cult-of-personality at the top levels (i.e. there's only one "Marissa" at Google).

    Advice to Management

    Google could benefit from avoiding the 'me too' fad, such as chasing after the next social network product. Google's core competencies are very strong (amazing search), and certain new focuses are working well that are of similar utilitarian purpose: Android, Apps (Gmail, Calendar, etc).


  11. Helpful (8)

    Overworked

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer Advocate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Developer Advocate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Google takes care of almost all of your needs, from computer and ergo equipment to a ride to work, a rental car when you need it for an errand, and tons of free food. They do a great job at trying to remove any worries about life so you can focus on your job.

    Cons

    The downside is that you'll need to take advantage of all that because you'll be so busy with work. My experience was that doing well at Google took over my life completely while I was there, requiring me to work during the shuttle ride, at work and during lunches, on the shuttle ride home, and most evenings and weekends. When I talked to other folks inside the company, many of them agreed that they had the same experience.

    Advice to Management

    The company seems to be founded on the idea that if you hire smart people, you can run the company with a bottom-up, siloed strategy, and things will go well. But as the company has grown, a more top-down approach, and one that breaks down product silos, is becoming very important in order to take on major initiatives. I haven't seen the company address this growing need adequately yet.


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