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"Google demands high-quality work with minimal training ("like drinking from a firehose"), but great, people and support!"

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Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
Former Contractor - Project Manager in New York, NY
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Because one is consistently surrounded by highly intelligent people, I found that there is more than ample opportunity to learn something new & exciting each day.

Cons

Though it may seem shiny and perfect from the outside, my experience working for Google was more like working for a cluster of small start-ups: inter-team communication was inconsistent and unreliable, bureaucracy was rampant even for small tasks/changes, and opportunities for growth or even lateral movement, both within and cross-team, weren't made apparent.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Dream company"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome benefits, great salary, options, everyone's nice, intellectual, free food, very casual

    Cons

    Being such a world renown company, each dept is very restrictive of allowing external access. It's a bit difficult to get cross-departmental collaboration in general.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Google cares about their employees"

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    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks and great work life balance! Google really cares about their employees and their products and it shows. It's great to be a part of such amazing innovation, and having the opportunity to work with such great minds.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel like a very small fish in a big sea. Promotion process isn't the best. I've seen a number of people receive promotions who definitely didn't deserve it, while others who do, get passed over.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

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