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"Tough challenges and rewarding work. Big Google tries to get rid of bureaucracy"

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Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Never been happier at a company. Lots of challenges everyday, and you work with the brightest people in the world. Unlike a lot of big companies, people are willing to help one another. Big Google also tries to foster meritocracy, and every year they have a company wide survey that helps lower, middle, and upper management know what to improve directly from tens of thousands of Googler feedback.

Cons

Some Googlers are self-entitled and not just to non-Googlers but to other Googlers as well. I blame it on poor hiring decisions. There's tremendous growth at Google and sometimes despite their best intentions, poor hiring decisions are made.

In some parts of the business, it's very political. Can be challenging if you don't know how to play the game.

Some managers are too busy to show their reports tough love or real 1:1 mentoring.

Advice to Management

On customer service: Care about customer support to a degree that it doesn't make financial sense. Google has some of the best products on the market, and customers expect the same level of 1:1 support. This applies to any customer or partner that is paying for services or products.

On people management: Find out which jobs are being performed that are low impact (usually non-sales metric driven roles) Give bad managers attention as soon as the GoogleGeist results come out. Their reportees may be really suffering.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (8)

    "Great for stability. Bad if you have ambitions."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great, great perks. They really make you feel taken care of as an employee and as a person.
    - Great pride when you realize how the company is changing the world in a positive way and you are part of it.
    - Really nice people with not many big egos.

    Cons

    - Little career progression. The company likes to think they are flat but in reality they have deep hierarchical leves (There were 10 people between me and the CEO) but there is no clear way to become manager and each manager manages 12 or more people.
    - Sales is an afterthought completely. The engineers are rightfully the stars but for the sales people the salaries are half what you can earn in other places.
    - In spite that they say otherwise, pedigree counts a lot. Top salesman globally with no brand name makes half (counting comission, bonuses, stock, etc.) of what another salesman makes as base salary and comes from the "right" (Ivy league, big names on resume) background.
    - If you are not in the right group your day to day work is boring and mundane.
    - Low engagement of people with their jobs (in the sales org). That makes for very uninteresting meal chats about ski trips and vegas conventions.

    Advice to Management

    Have pride on your sales force. After all they make the money that allow the great engineers to make the great products that are changing the world.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Chaotic and magical"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - People Operations in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - People Operations in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on products that have a global impact
    Changing the world
    Intelligent and diverse coworkers
    Amazing internal resources
    Exciting office spaces
    They really care about you as a person and want you to succeed, both inside and outside the office

    Cons

    Might be difficult to work remotely
    Disorganized
    Not as much of a flat hierarchy as they want
    People get a sense of entitlement

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