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  1. Economically favorite

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    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    High pay, liberal culture, smart coworkers

    Cons

    complicated business model and inter-team relations, competitive environment, legacy software codebase, much less projects to choose from in remote sites

  1. Amazing when you look at it as a whole

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone I work with is willing to help when you when you need it, give you advice, support, and overall super friendly. The company provides you with a ton of resources, benefits, and I have heard many stories of them helping employees beyond what normal companies would do in special circumstances that shows how much they value you. It is a very transparent workplace that offers employees the ability to speak up and...

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    Cons

    They encourage you to do 20% projects but really what that means is do 120% work because you still need to get all of your regular work done and it feels like if you aren't doing 120% then you won't move up anytime soon.

    Advice to Management

    If we are going to have something like 20% projects, then I think the scope and nature of the individuals expectations for their core role should be adjusted to reflect if they are taking on a 20% project or not so that way we can feel comfortable actually doing projects outside of our role that we feel like will add value to Google.

  2. Helpful (2160)

    Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day. 2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc....

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    Cons

    1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down. I don't know if Google inadvertently hires...

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    Advice to Management

    1) Don't dismiss emotional intelligence and adaptive leadership. They're not just catch phases. You need great managers and leaders in order to build great companies and develop great employees. The people who may be brilliant at solving technical issues may not be (and are most often, not) the best candidates for management. 2) Do something about that work-ife balance. Don't just have a bunch of pow-wows and...

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