Google - Fantastic company to work for... if you're signing for a job and not only a name | Glassdoor
  1. "Fantastic company to work for... if you're signing for a job and not only a name"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working at Google is fantastic. It's a company working on really interesting products, allowing (and expecting) you to change roles/products/location easily during your career, providing you with great perks and helping you to grow as a skilled professional.

    Cons

    Many people at Google are over-qualified for the job they are doing. This is on purpose and allows Google to have great performers that can quickly takeover more responsibilities and climb the corporate ladder (it's what happened to me) but many people that weren't aware of that and signed their contract for the name Google more than for a specific job got really disappointed with that.

    Advice to Management

    Google is growing really fast and many layers of middle-management are added. Direction should pay attention not destroy Corporate culture by adding too many middle-management layers.

    Google2016-06-20
  1. "Great company"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer 

      I have been working at Google part-time

      Pros

      flexible, good food, diversity, balance

      Cons

      It is great, no cons.

      Google2019-06-20
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      "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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