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"Fascinating Company, but Getting Larger Every Day"

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Former Employee - Account Strategist in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Account Strategist in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

Pros

- Great talent
- Fast Paced
- Wonderful culture of innovation

I have met wonderful people at this company who truly inspire. They are smart, efficient, and almost everyone goes the extra mile. It's a company that values kindness as well (Don't Be Evil!) The people who don't fall into this category are so rare that they almost become special in their own right- shooting stars of below-average performance. Most everyone is fantastic.

Cons

- Rigid promotion cycle
- Visibility is very hard in such a large company

The promotion cycle is very rigid, which isn't well aligned with the type of talent the company recruits (young go-getters who work hard but expect to see a correlation between effort and reward). Promotions do come but they are heavily relient on putting in a good amount of time first and being recognized by the right people. Managers really have to go to bat for their employees to get them promoted.

Also, Google is becoming a much larger company. It prides itself on its start-up roots, but it's becoming more and more hierarchical, with less and less opportunities to move up or sideways in the company.

Advice to Management

- Review promotion structures- they are very inflexible
- It's a great company! Make sure you continue to stay true to the company values as it gets larger and more external pressures threaten to change the focus away from the users.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. "Google is one of the best company I have ever worked for. You would love working here."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technologically challenging projects, excellent co-workers to work with.

    Cons

    Company is becoming too big now & hence little hard to move up the chain.


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    "Its All about the Metrics"

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    Former Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Perks! Team collaboration, transparency and trust from management to manage your business.

    Cons

    It is all about the Metrics. On top of achieving above your metrics you need to complete additional high profile projects to get exceed expectations on your performance review. This means you do work ALL of the time even on your vacations!! Most folks feel the burn out since you have to do this quarter after quarter. Especially a tough environment when you have a family.

    Advice to Management

    You are doing a good job!! However, do ensure consistent quota setting across all teams doing similar work. Nothing is more demotivating than to run at 110mph and see another teammate doing similar work with less of a quota and performing at 50% of that speed, quarter after quarter.

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