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"Big company, but still innovative"

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Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Great perks (free food, shuttle, massage, everything)
- Super smart people
- Very interesting projects with a lot of reach

Cons

It's still a very big company. It's not microsoft yet, but it's getting there. It's a pretty long chain of command.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

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    "Interesting work but poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in South Plainfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in South Plainfield, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of interesting work and customers with challenging problems. The company is a large portfolio of hardware and software solutions to work with.

    Cons

    Poor communications between software development uniits were tolerated by management. Management never communicated its goals leaving engineering and consulting in the dark. Software quality was so poor that customers were dissatisfied and continuously threatening to halt the projects. Payment was withheld leading to more pressure to cut costs and diminished software quality. There was no QA on software prior to installation at the customer site. There were many problems with benefits administration caused by the third party firm hired to manage those items.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate with your staff. Set some objectives. Take advice from people that understand software development processes. Try to get a grip on project management.


  2. "Many talented employees to work with."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Google has high quality employees. This makes it a great place to work at because you get to learn from people with all sorts of talents.

    Cons

    As Google is expanding, it is losing a lot of appeals from the good old days of being a start-up. The transparency between upper management and ordinary employees is not as it is used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Besides meeting deadlines, keep some room for the employees to be creative. The 20% time rule is losing its ground in some groups that I worked at.

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