Google - excellent training ground w/ many opportunities but a large company | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (2)

    "excellent training ground w/ many opportunities but a large company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Incredibly talented colleagues, innovative, fast-paced work, high level of transparency, data-driven culture that includes constant rigorous work to improve the culture

    Cons

    its a big company with process that is limited for a company of its size but still exists, tremendous horizontal growth opportunities but growing vertically takes time

    Advice to Management

    keep up the focus on bureaucracy busting

    Google2016-03-31
  1. "Great Company"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer 

      I worked at Google full-time

      Pros

      Great Benefits High salary Comfortable environment

      Cons

      Stressful at times Political views Some managers workaholics

      Google2019-06-25
    • Helpful (2367)

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

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      • 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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