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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lives up to the hype. Super smart people. Awesome perks. Pays well. As an engineer, lots of choices - can switch teams and offices with relative ease.

    Cons

    No one is perfect. No company is perfect. There are great people and there are jerks. There are great managers and a bunch of not-so-great ones. If you go in thinking this is some utopia that doesn't have politics and bureaucracy, you'll get disillusioned really fast. And it's a company full of overachievers, so it's hard to maintain work-life balance if you want to keep up with your peers - unless you explicitly force...

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    Google2016-03-27
  1. "Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in America, OK
    Recommends

    I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing & wonderful Environment.

    Cons

    More Projects, Salary depends on your performance.

    Advice to Management

    Little pressure from management.

    Google2019-06-15
  2. Helpful (2351)

    "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day. 2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc....

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    Cons

    1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down. I don't know if Google inadvertently hires...

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    Advice to Management

    1) Don't dismiss emotional intelligence and adaptive leadership. They're not just catch phases. You need great managers and leaders in order to build great companies and develop great employees. The people who may be brilliant at solving technical issues may not be (and are most often, not) the best candidates for management. 2) Do something about that work-ife balance. Don't just have a bunch of pow-wows and...

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    Google2013-06-21

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