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"It's becoming a place where most people are treated like servers -- interchangeable and replaceable."

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

In the right Eng group, young engineers will learn a lot. The food is good. The bicycles are handy.

Cons

For more senior people, odds are, you're going to be waiting a long time for any kind of promotion. You will also be way older than most of the people you work with, and your manager may or may not understand family commitments. (Google in general does.)

Your manager may or may not care about you. If you get a good manager, great. If you get a lousy one, it may or may not get fixed in any reasonable amount of time, and it can be hard to transfer out if you're having any difficulty with your manager. I had the worst manager of my 30 year career there, and should have just quit after I figured that out.

Advice to Management

Emulating the secrecy, siloing and hierarchy of Apple will not result in Google being as good at focus and product as Apple.

Google needs to encourage lightweight experimentation (in a way that 20% time doesn't really do, since it's often "120% time"). Once there are a bunch of organizations who all want to prevent you from launching quickly and easily, innovation suffers.

Even line engineers, TLMs, and lower level managers are not in fact interchangeable, and the company (or at least the Sales organization) shouldn't re-org every few months.

People get promotions based on politics and who sucks up to whom, not based on merit.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good work!"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart and driven people, managers open and willing to speak with you.

    Cons

    Party culture, some people seem to be there for the perks.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Very nice company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Respect engineers in decision making.
    A lot of mobility in moving into projects
    Information open to everyone and transparent process
    World-class peers to work with

    Cons

    The work-life balance is hard to achieve

    Advice to Management

    Keep the openness

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