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"Open-air culture, but great if that suits you"

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Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Lots of activities, and plenty of time for training courses. Personal calls, printing etc. allowed; even let me borrow an Ethernet cable when I arrived without one. "Tech Talks" that offer a chance to ask Larry and/or Sergey questions.

Cons

I was a Java programmer not seated near project teammates or other Java programmers, and was on a floor with no cubicle walls. Relied on headphones for noise control whenever I needed to think deeply (which, as an undergrad intern, was more often than for full-time engineers).

Advice to Management

More emphasis on placing teammates together. More support needed in implementing OSS authentication clients -- would eliminate the need for an F/T engineer on many small internal apps. Employees with Asperger's/ADHD need walled cubicles to control distractions.

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    "engineering at Google Inc"

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    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing company which offer more potential opportunities

    Cons

    Try to do too many things


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    "If you're an engineer, it's pretty sweet."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent salary / benefits / perks. Super smart people. Challenging projects. You learn a TON working here.

    Cons

    If you're in a remote office (outside MTV), it can be hard to make lateral moves in your career.

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is fragmented does not mean they aren't productive. There should be some kind of appeal process to keep remote people on teams.

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