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"Google:An Elitist's Playground"

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Former Employee - Risk Analyst in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Risk Analyst in Mountain View, CA
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Pros

When people think of working for Google, the food and facilities are generally what come to mind first…and those are the best parts. Google fosters a college or academic feel where you never need to leave the campus in order to find sustenance or a respite from the daily grind. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered Monday through Friday, and the food is pretty good (keep in mind I'm comparing it to other free food…so how can you really complain?). Google-colored Swiss balls (those bouncy orbs you see freakishly fit people doing sit-ups on in infomercials) invade the office cubicles and give the workspace a much more play-pen sort of feel. To bolster the dorm room ambiance, Google also supplies pinball machines; foosball, ping pong & pool tables; and assorted video games. Foam darts are passed out for 'dart wars' during especially hectic times, and silently encourage the employees to roll away from their ergonomically arranged desks to fling projectiles at unsuspecting coworkers. After a grueling week of work, an employee can look forward to a company-funded bender in the form of microbrew beer (both on tap and in bottles!), wine, and the occasional Jell-O shot. If the alcohol upsets your stomach and a retreat to a bathroom is what you crave, fear not! In addition to having showers in almost every building, Google boasts toilets with heated seats, built-in bidets, and dryers for those who prefer to relieve themselves in a more "green" fashion.

Cons

If you enjoy your individuality and time alone, Google is not the place for you (keep in mind I’m not an engineer). Google pushes a highly "googley" atmosphere, which is something akin to what the Brady Bunch would be like if they lived in communist Russia. Everything from the carpet to the bathroom tiles incorporate the Google colors into its design. People are encouraged to have googley attitudes, wear plastic smiles, and not to question the infallible nature of the executive management group. Marathon hours are the standard because, after all, employees are practically encouraged to bring a cot and sleep there…barracks coming soon (really?! no, not really). If you like feeling awkward during forced group activity, Google is your haven. It isn't exactly "forced" (no guns), but if you don't participate you become labeled as "ungoogley." Once deemed “ungoogley”, you're practically viewed as a rotten apple that threatens to spoil the bunch. If you can endure and appreciate the googley atmosphere, you might also enjoy Google's uncanny ability to clot information within the hierarchy. Very little is shared throughout the company because from the moment you're hired, secrecy is revered. But to be honest, most of those who read this review won't even be able to get a job there. Whether you're right out of college or are putting your kids through college, your academic standing will be asked about, your transcripts required. If you went to Podunk U, your chances are worse than the rumored 1% of applicants. I'm not saying that high standards aren't important, but Google discriminates against creative and diverse applicants by employing such arbitrary standards. Google (generally) hires the elite who have elitist attitudes…probably not the best way to understand what the masses want.

Advice to Management

Stop acting as those you're King Midas…just because you struck it rich with AdWords does not mean whatever you create will be tech gold. For a company that prides itself on innovation, I can't think of any product Google has released since AdWords that has been truly innovative…unless you are calling Google's mergers and acquisitions innovative (just because Google owns YouTube does not mean you can take credit for the innovation). You aren't above traditional marketing, and when the AdWords profits stagnate, you'll change your tune. Google has only touched the tip of the iceberg in terms of users, but seems to focus on a very small niche of the internet market (we're not all open-source users and tech-geeks [don't get me wrong, I love a good tech geek]); it's in the company's best interest to drop the elitist niche/attitude and truly become the people's company.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. "Great place to work with wonderful benefits but paychecks should be bigger"

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    Current Employee - Quantitative Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart People
    Chance to make a big difference to the lives of millions of people
    Management's desire to be seen as a force for good
    Fellow Googlers' concern for the environment and heightened awareness of world issues

    Cons

    Long work hours
    Flat organizational structure
    Compensation is much lower than competition

    Advice to Management

    Do more to keep top talent


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Get back to basics."

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart, innovative colleagues. Ground breaking technology. Open door policy to executives. Foster supportive, team environment

    Cons

    Company is not too big. Has lost much of it's small company feel/culture. Much tougher to make decisions and many layers of management. Company hires too many people with same backgrounds - all ivy league MBA, competitive, ego-driven managers that has changed the culture.

    Advice to Management

    Need to reward and recognize mid-level managers who get lost in the shuffle (ie, level 7s) and unmotivated. Need to be more open about the types of people hired to diversify and avoid ego-driven workforce.

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