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"Growing pains"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Smart colleagues
- Reach: Software you work on is used my millions
- Good salary and benefits
- Good development environment

Cons

- Lot of politics, especially at higher levels
- Lots of redundant work. Many teams seem to be doing the same thing without knowledge of each others work
- Too many law suits distracts attention from building good products
- Too many "me too" products.

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  1. "Awesome perks, chance to work with the best and brightest"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - There are many opportunities within the company
    - Google has hired some of the best names in software development, and don't be surprised if you get a chance to work with them.
    - Free food at all offices, at MTV and NY the perks are just incredible - onsite gym, massages, lectures from luminaries in all fields
    - Depending on your project, you will learn a lot about industrial strength software engineering and deployment.

    Cons

    - Don't work in a small office (< 200 engineers) if you can help it. You will feel disconnected. Culture and connections are Silicon Valley centric.
    - Many great projects are worked in, many get cancelled for opaque reasons, which can be tough if you are on the team.
    - It is a big company, even though everyone is smart and trying to do the right thing, there are still big company politics and the feeling of being a small cog in a very big wheel.
    - Management tries to be transparent, but sometimes when they can't or don't want to, it blows up in their face.
    - Mountain View employee culture is one of entitlement. In particular, I recall that when a new cafe opened up (the 19th one or so on campus) but was reserved for a group working on a confidential project, that there was open complaining about "its not fair, why don't we get to go to that cafe?"

    Advice to Management

    Stop using cliches at company meetings and tell us what you really mean.


  2. "Work with your idols"

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    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    So Many. This is the best place to work if you are motivated. Everyone you work with has so much talent. Lazy people don't exist here.

    Cons

    It's a big corporation so everything is by the book and restrictions are tight.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. You guys rock.

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