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"Still a remarkable company"

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Current Employee - Designer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Designer in Mountain View, CA
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Pros

Google has great respect for its employees and users; while the company makes a great deal of money, most of the people who build the products that people use on a daily basis concentrate much more (much more) on how to do something great and how to provide a service to the world. Google is internally transparent, a responsible citizen, and full of wonderfully talented people and great potential. Google employees offer innumerable benefits to one another, too, with free yoga, art classes, general interest classes, etc. being run constantly. Plus, the food and massage are fantastic.

Cons

Maintaining a good work/life balance can be tough, especially if you live in the city and have to make the long commute every day. The company is highly engineering-driven which means that it can be hard to bring up radical ideas; thus the company is surprisingly conservative. There are some THICK processes, in spite of the relatively flat hierarchy of the company. Some executives are untouchable, even if they're not doing a great job. And it can be hard to get traction for good ideas… Google wants the best people doing even the simplest jobs.

Advice to Management

Empower more people as decision makers. Help the company focus on fewer but more innovative ideas. Let employees make smaller teams that break through the arduous processes. Take more risks. Provide a clearer vision that unifies everyone at the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Best place in the world"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Simple a great place to work. There are plenty of videos and articles about how Google is the best place to work, and it's all true.

    Cons

    None, at all. Seriously. If anything they provide such a great work environment that I don't want to leave... ever.

    Advice to Management

    You guys provide a great learning environment that fuels creativity. Keep up the great work...


  2. Helpful (4)

    "More and more disappointing"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Benefits (medical, subsidized massage, food)
    -People (bright, high achievers)
    -Cool products that employees use and love
    -Frequent performance feedback (ratings given every quarter, 360 feedback twice a year)
    -Employee morale varies across teams. Has gotten lower as the company is growing older

    Cons

    Some functions are really un-Googley!
    No work-life balance.
    No respect for people unlike themselves (e.g. you're not an ex-consultant? you're an idiot.)
    Teams under the same VP are not collaborative and do a poor job of sharing information.
    Poor knowledge management
    Recognition goes to those who talk the loudest
    Mismatched job content expectations
    Hard to transfer internally
    Hard to grow upward
    Little career development support

    Advice to Management

    Encourage collaboration within and across teams
    Be comfortable with CHANGE and new ways of doing things
    Drive change

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