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"Good, not great, company"

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Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Smart, motivated people. Great tools and build systems. Great infrastructure for building web properties.

Cons

Bad mid-level management, without a great way to do career development. Discipline around people management relatively weak. Review model ok, not great.

Advice to Management

Career development and management reviews

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. "Working on strong impact project"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The company is willing to bet on risky projects
    - Projects have a worldwide visibility
    - Fun people, fun environment
    - Amazingly smart coworkers

    Cons

    Nothing fundamentally bad about the company.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Great company"

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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

    Pros

    Google offer an amazing work environment, with unbelievable perks. People around you are very smart

    Whatever you do in Google, you are probably working on (or supporting) an innovative product and having a quite large impact.

    Things move at a very fast pace. The speed is really one of a startup. Organized chaos is how I should describe Google. A chaos that magically works

    It is a relatively flat organization. While there is a well defined chain of command in every function, the individual are still empowered to work cross-functionally and take initiative.

    Cons

    It is getting a little bit too political in Google, which I guess is only natural for 40K company.

    PMs tend to take a bit too much credit for everything around, Engineering are very isolated (maybe by design) from operation/monetization aspects. Other functions are secondary to PM and Engineering in almost every aspect.

    Vision is increasingly a top-down thing with less and less grass root initiatives .......... working on your 20% these days mean your bonus will probably disappear because you need your manager sign-off, which likely has a different agenda, and his own 20%

    Advice to Management

    Most middle managers are extremely overloaded and consequently ineffective in managing their teams. It is ridiculous to have any individual managing more than 10 direct reports, and expect him to be informed on his team progress while spending most of his time in x-functional meetings ............ managers tend to never be available for spontaneous discussion, which slow decision making.

    Google should add more layers of management like any other Fortune 500. Hierarchical management when done right is supposed to be a solution for a proactive organization ................. in Google it is more of a problem because of the ideological believe in the flat organization and the extreme reluctance in adding layers.


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