Google - Great company - going thru growing pains | Glassdoor
  1. "Great company - going thru growing pains"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people to work with, exciting technology, high impact work.

    Cons

    For a company that is all about scale, its biggest problem is scaling to the # employees and the expanding breadth of scope. Some areas are very top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the engineering focused culture of trust and openness.

    Google2019-06-14
  1. "Great Gig!"

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      Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Mountain View, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      No complaints really, great work experience. It is everything you make of it.

      Cons

      Can feel overwhelming but help is only an ask away.

      Google2019-07-22
    • Helpful (2403)

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

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      • 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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