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  1. "Great place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
      Current Employee - Senior Product Manager 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Good pay, great perks, interesting problems

      Cons

      Slow career, crowded, very mature products

      Google2019-04-29
    1. "Great company"

      StarStarStarStarStar
        Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook

        I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        - Lots of exciting products and technical challenges - Great benefits - Feels like a college campus

        Cons

        - Bureaucracy with a large company - Variance in interesting teams

        Google2019-07-19
      • Helpful (2400)

        "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

        StarStarStarStarStar
        • Work/Life Balance
        • Culture & Values
        • Career Opportunities
        • Compensation and Benefits
        • Senior Management
        Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 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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        Google2013-06-21

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