Google - Great place to coast, not great for ambitious people | Glassdoor
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    "Great place to coast, not great for ambitious people"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Some of the best colleagues you'll ever find. Kind, brilliant, reliable, funny. - Great compensation for non-tech; I will not easily be able to match my total comp package elsewhere for a PMM role - Lots of responsibility available if you want it - Prestige factor; once you have Google on your resume you can work anywhere I used to love working at Google - a factor of being early in my career, and starting out...

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    Cons

    - Stakeholder management is rough. It's a huge company that refuses to adapt to being a huge company. If you worked at Samsung or Amex, there would be a clear hierarchy of decision-making and approvals. Google is huge but teams rarely have any clear approval processes, decision-making processes, etc. It is all decided by individual team managers, most of whom don't set up a process at all or stick by it. So you end up...

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    Advice to Management

    The above cons are well-known and will not be fixed unless an SVP cares to do so, and even then, it'll only be because the market demands those changes. So, there's no point to giving advice.

    Google2019-06-07
  1. "Phenomenal Intership"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) 

    I worked at Google for less than a year

    Pros

    Great brand name, compensation, and exposure to the corporate world.

    Cons

    Things can move very slowly and you will gain depth not breadth.

    Google2019-07-18
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    "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

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    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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