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  1. Excellent, but Stressful.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Google

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    More efficient ways to go from ideas to launch.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom of what to work on; Lots of areas; Engineers are highly respected; Knowledge are shared across company; Great infrastructure to minimize work burden;

    Cons

    Weak management; Sometimes directions are kind of random;


  3. Outstanding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work for

    Cons

    Hard to get big picture

    Advice to Management

    Can do better


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  5. Fast paced.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Always on the leading edge of technology. High pressure workplace but high rewards. Access to all technologies. No limit on hardware.

    Cons

    Not best place to work when balancing home/work/religion. Extreme pressure to complete tasks on-time. Little time to exercise as work consumes all your time.

    Advice to Management

    To stay in the forefront in search and other web technologies Google must continue to push employees. Employees know what they are getting into when they are hired.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Nice perks, it's better if you can get in at a high level

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really great people-- smart and interesting. Good cadence of people wanting to do new things. It's a huge company with lots of global offices so there are opportunities to do international assignments which is really amazing.

    Cons

    Getting political, and there is a big difference between old timers and new comers, right out of college and MBAs. They recruit for AdWords right out of college and the pay is ok-- but I think they largely get incredibly talented at a low "price" just b/c it's Google. If you don't have an advanced degree, you're told you can move around (and you can, title and job wise) but it's going to be lateral moves for the most part. Moving up seems virtually impossible these days.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency is something the company is proud of. It's pretty good here but at the same time, there are tons of instances of favoritism. For example, a lot of people in the AdWords department managed people they were previously friends with. It made a lot of promotion decisions seem less-than-objective. I would have upper management really consider how middle managers are selected and how they do their jobs b/c there are some really crummy middle managers who make life for their teams pretty rotten.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company, glad to have worked there

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant coworkers. Culture promotes continuous learning. There's a famous author, artist or industry leader giving a talk or performance at the company every week. Amazing perks. 50% match in 401k.

    Cons

    Inexperienced middle managers who are where they are because they were strong individual contributors, and not necessarily strong people managers. Becoming more and more political. Lack of autonomy in your job. Decisions, even the most inconsequential, seem to be made by a few people in each department. Few career advancement opportunities. No work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees and managers to make more decisions on their own. Allow for more risk taking and autonomy. Hire, promote and value leaders who excel at developing and managing people. Make managing employees a full time job, not something to be done only during review time. Managers who remain hands on end up competing with their own direct reports.


  8. Awesome

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very good work environment and benefits

    Cons

    Heavy work load and research.

    Advice to Management

    None i can offer


  9. Helpful (1)

    awsome

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    innovation, creativity, the chance to do anything with the 20 percent time. The chance to work on innovative products along side with some extremely smart people.

    Cons

    It too big. Not like the days of the .com. Their options are worthless. Managers want to protect their butts. benefits suck

    Advice to Management

    be flexible like the .com days, don't be too greed, let employees have a difference, let there be true innovation, I want to party


  10. Helpful (2)

    Google is a great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Lots of smart people around. 2. Technology knowledge is abound, and is easily accessible. 3. Job impact on the world is tremendous. 4. Neat perks.

    Cons

    Company is now very large, so it takes a while for things to happen: on the org side, and on the tech side, too.

    Advice to Management

    For new projects that Google starts, think of them more as an investor, not an employer. Ask harder questions about the target audience, go to market strategy, expected returns. This will hopefully help avoid the flops like Wave was which nobody could even explain without demoing it.


  11. It has been a lot of fun

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very free environment. I am able to work freely and they give people here a lot of freedom at work. I really am enjoying the experiences.

    Cons

    I would rather be living in the south where my family is, but that isn't an option with most companies in this industry. Overall, the cons are very few.

    Advice to Management

    I cannot speak on advice to management. As most people know, it is a great company.



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