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Updated July 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Terrible experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Partnerships Management in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Global Partnerships Management in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is an amazing company. Innovative, passionate, insisting and investing to stay young, and continuously trying to improve

    Cons

    Google sucks when it comes to bringing on board new talent with a strong and accomplished caliber and assisting its integration into the operations. Instead of making the younger and less experienced work-force absorb the experience and Know-How, Google embraced a weak and overly flat environment which allows the least experienced ones set the tone and fight off external Know-How and experience. That's not really a company that wants to change but rather a company that it suffers from massive turn-over in sales and business operations and instead of fighting it off with a confident infusion of experience operations leader, it created an overly flat and 'fuzzy' environment, where everyone is obsessed with trying to please others and be sweet on the expense of doing the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    All this 'we are all loving each other and having fun together' is good for a young company but it is just not enough for building up a stronger and more mature and experienced caliber that would be able to sustain the company's growth, once it turns gigantic.
    Overly flat and collaborate corporate environment to the level young and clueless account managers sitting and raising ideas in senior management team meetings is showing weakness to establish a clear and confident reporting and development environment.

    No one wants to turn into the new Microsoft but going overly 'flat' won't solve it


  2. Helpful (8)

    Nothing is ever good enough

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Google

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

    Pros

    Lots and lots of money thrown around to bring in celebrities and authors to keep you interested; the space is very clean

    Cons

    You are encouraged to work against your "teammates" in your fight to the top and talk bad about them; Building a sense of community is discouraged

    Advice to Management

    Stand behind your word: Don't be Evil. Lead by example. Evil is prevalent in the way you make us fight each other.


  3. Helpful (3)

    No focus or direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

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

    Pros

    Many Cafeterias to chose from

    Cons

    Management, co-workers, try to directly copy other products, location

    Advice to Management

    Hired skilled managers before trying to build a team


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Recruiting Process shockingly incompetent

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing perks, benefits and pay
    Interesting work and smart colleagues (middle managers are the exception).
    Concern for change is there, empowerment to do so unfortunately isn't given to the recruiting team.

    Cons

    Shocked by the rather incompetent recruiting leadership on the sales team supporting at best a rather mediocre experience for hiring managers and candidates.

    Rote, robot like recruiting process which is driven by levels and espouses "in the box" thinking.

    Middle managers (Staffing Managers) are the epitomy of let's do things to please Larry vs. let's question and innovate.

    Google Recruiting is like a big filter. Mediocre Staffing Managers that measure against silly metrics and measure the team on a curve they themselves could never meet.

    Everyone is afraid to question the process or make changes. HR is a puppet at best with no strong recruiting leaders pushing innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in a consultant to revamp the entire recruiting philosophy, map the right team based on this revised strategy. Get rid of middle managers more concerned about their upward mobility vs. smarter ways to hire. No one has questioned the hiring process @ Google and yet that's exactly what needs to be done.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Interesting work but poorly managed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in South Plainfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in South Plainfield, NJ

    I worked at Google

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of interesting work and customers with challenging problems. The company is a large portfolio of hardware and software solutions to work with.

    Cons

    Poor communications between software development uniits were tolerated by management. Management never communicated its goals leaving engineering and consulting in the dark. Software quality was so poor that customers were dissatisfied and continuously threatening to halt the projects. Payment was withheld leading to more pressure to cut costs and diminished software quality. There was no QA on software prior to installation at the customer site. There were many problems with benefits administration caused by the third party firm hired to manage those items.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate with your staff. Set some objectives. Take advice from people that understand software development processes. Try to get a grip on project management.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Thrilling and Satisfying

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best experiences in my life, nothing can or probably will come to these few years of my life at Google.

    Cons

    Lack of proper work life balance, deadlines! deadlines! deadlines! Conference calls can be weird times of the day, but overall satisfying.

    Advice to Management

    Schedule conference call at more decent hours of the days
    Feedback could be better received
    Pay be made more competitive


  8. Helpful (6)

    Elitist, Arrogant Managers with low self-awareness

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Google

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great food, amenities and good compensation.
    Excellent location in Chelsea.

    Cons

    #1- Current Recruiting practice has some very strange practices and the rather junior, mediocre recruiting staff are afraid to challenge

    #2-Inflexible recruiting practices that hire against a set of ideals vs business needs. At least 1,000 people a day are screened out due to ridiculous ideals that are never questioned

    #3-Recruiting practices that do not improve without 18 layers of approvals and weak recruiting leadership.

    #4-Strong recruiters leave. Mediocre recruiters stay so that they can provide more convolution to an already convoluted process.

    Advice to Management

    Hire for the business, creativity and potential, not academic credentials or schools. Get rid of the current recruiting leadership.


  9. Helpful (1)

    taxing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Tmanager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Tmanager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    stock is doing well so i am happy

    Cons

    unorganized no focus to individual efforts

    Advice to Management

    get real - stop pursuing pipe dream projects


  10. Helpful (5)

    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

    I worked at Google

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    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


  11. Helpful (7)

    Poor ethics, cult-like atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    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.



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