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"Great people to work with, great benefits"

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Google has a lot of smart and nice people to work with. People work collaboratively. The company has many great benefits. It just feels like the company has hired the best people to work on all the benefits (401k, fitness, food, etc etc) as well.

Cons

Things can move very fast at Google, which means it can be somewhat stressed. It depends on the projects you work on, though.

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    "Good benefits, very political and ineffective recruiting team supporting global business org"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Food
    Lots of primary colored campuses
    McKinsey folks around campus ignore all they learned to lead Google (great for ineffective leaders, bad for those that stand for change)
    PR team is a well oiled machine
    Google is in its own reality, outside opinions that don't agree are ignored / rebuffed

    Cons

    Ex mcKinsey folks become sheep like here and forget that their insights could be used to affect change at a
    Recruiting function that is lackluster (take them out of The gplex) they couldnt recruit top talent. Several recruiting leaders from the UK and seem to lack basic strategy skills but excel at their own PR
    Recruiting is a protracted process that doesn't need to be
    Hiring Managers take mediocre results and lack ability to sniff good recruiting talent from folks that talk a good game
    Recruiters cow tow to a team of paper pushers that review Packets to the detriment of great candidates and candidate experience

    Advice to Management

    40k employees, time to reinvent your recruiting process as Google competes for "startup" talent
    The lens by which recruiters are measured should used for lead recruiters and managers as well
    You can't expect mediocre recruiting leaders, esp in Nikesh's org to hire top talent
    Recruiting leaders protecting their turf, not innovating and siphon work they should be doing to jr staff
    It's embarrassing that Google allows such weak leadership in recruiting, but rarely anywhere else in the organization.

    Yes, I was a Recruiter that wasn't treated well but it's clear that I'm not in the minority. I hope Glassdoor is a good vehicle for change in The Global Business Organization's recruiting leadership. It's rather disheartening that it hasn't been addressed and the Director of that team is opposed to hearing potential issues on his team.

    Heard of candidate experience?
    Time to fix it and this time with force. it's beyond broken.


  2. "Truly magical, but it can be a bit stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly smart, dedicated people working on amazing problems. Out of this world perks (if that excites you). Free food, snacks, dog-friendly, massages, etc you name it. And the opportunity to work with the most powerful data tools in the world!

    Cons

    A bit chaotic with some pockets of unhealthiness. In a tradeoff for simplicity the organization is becoming more top down. You have less freedom to pick projects and transfers are becoming more difficult, and they were hard to beging with. You are measured by a perf cycle every quarter.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the path to simplification. And not just for external products, but for internal teams.

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