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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people and creative culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people Interesting projects Uses own software and platforms Great benefits Exposure to technology Great internal learning opportunities

    Cons

    Not many that I can think of that are specific to Google. A few managers who weren't terribly hands-on from a technology perspective, caring only about deadlines. But, then again, that's part of their role as managers. Happens in all companies. Performance review process had become rather onerous, but it was adjusted almost every year to address this issue.

    Google2019-06-11
  1. "Phenomenal Intership"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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
  2. Helpful (2399)

    "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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