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"Truly a unique company"

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Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
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Pros

High concentration of smart + great people.
Employees empowered to change the word in the good way.
Full compensation package (base salary + bonus + stock + perks) is great and not easy to beat IMO, People who criticize it must have not done the math right and/or are performing poorly.

Cons

Career growth is somewhat difficult for non standard profiles (i.e. not Software Engineers or Site Reliability Engineers).
Managers need to be good to get their reports promoted.
Being on the "right" project (aka high impact with high visibility) does affect substantially career growth.

Advice to Management

Make sure to focus on career growth at all levels. Train managers well too.
Reward well people doing the grunchy work/production/maintenance work.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

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    "Learned a great deal from some smart people, before it got too big"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Head of Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Head of Sales in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quality of individual hires, strength of business, free cash flow which funds perks and benefits, less politics than other companies of a similar size

    Cons

    becoming a big company, too many mckinsey types in sales roles, politics starting to grow, easier to come in new to a senior role than be promoted into it

    Advice to Management

    Take the "act like a small company" ethos to every level of the company and make sure it is being implemented - it sounds good, but is falling on deaf ears in middle management


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    "Fast paced, lots of work, lots of reward, smart people, great values and respect."

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    Former Employee - Manager, Online Sales & Operations in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Online Sales & Operations in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The following is related to sales operations management.
    You'll work with very smart people, and get a lot of support and feedback around doing your best work. Most senior managers have great knowledge, a lot of advice to offer, and value open, transparent communication.
    You'll likely work the hardest you've ever worked at Google, but you'll also be greatly rewarded. Also, Google makes it very easy to work your hardest, and that's a huge bonus if you're interested in super-charging your career.
    Example (day in the life): take free shuttle to work; use available corp vehicles to run daytime errands; grab a hand brewed coffee and gourmet breakfast before starting work; communicate with brightest in your industry during the day; visit a tech-talk and learn something new; workout in the gym w/ a trainer before lunch; have lunch with a colleague at 1 of >15 free themed cafes; grab an espresso shot from the micro-kitchen on way to your desk; collaborate on a new project with someone in a different working group; back to your own work; quick $5 chair massage to rejuvenate; swing by tech-stop on way to grab a new mouse, before your professional desk ergonomic consultation begins; more work; grab gourmet dinner starting at 6:30; woah, it's late - time to go home; grab late (8:30) shuttle home. (I guess i'll have to do my laundry for free at work tomorrow).

    Cons

    Google is changing, and it's experiencing some growing pains.
    There are new projects and focus areas every week, and the grouping of functions and teams changes constantly. As a result, managers are responsible to new macro functional groups, and new projects or focus areas every month or so. This seems an unnecessary distraction, amounting to 25% superfluous work.
    The change in org structure has made it hard to maintain the career path of your choice. Instead, you must choose from available Google-centric career paths. These are not always (or often) composed of conventional roles, since Google is both changing rapidly, and unconventional to begin with.
    Most of the people hired at Google 5+ years ago, don't have the credentials to be hired there today. This complicates internal transfers, even though HR attempts to solve that issue.
    Those joining Google from acquisitions are rarely hirable at Google in any other way, yet their experience and contributions once onboard are typically at par. This again complicates the internal transfer process.

    Advice to Management

    Be more accommodating to veteran Googlers. The company is changing very fast, and they need active guidance to navigate successfully. Active - not reactive.
    Be more direct when providing guidance and mentoring to all managers and direct reports. Google is getting a bit too "careful", and I've found that more managers these days are reluctant to tell it like it is, for fear of appearing undiplomatic. Diplomacy and tact should make a manager a better communicator, not a constrained one.

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