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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. Helpful (4)

    "no structure, this is the wild west."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    free food... free food. free

    Cons

    people. i am an engineer but i like having diversity and not 99% nerds around me 24/7.


  2. "Life changing and dynamic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Solutions in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Media Solutions in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    smart people
    amazing perks
    strong brand that opens a lot of doors
    still lots of innovation

    Cons

    its grown into a large company (slower movement)


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