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"Spent 5+ years in Marketing - it's different from being an engineer at Google"

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Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Awesome people, hands down. Peers and colleagues. Some of the brightest people. Company policies on expenses, perks, family, pets, etc. - all outstanding.

Cons

Salary isn't the best on the market. Google knows it can pay less than it has to, because people want to work for it. Google has departments working on formulas meant to pay you as little as possible. Huge fight to get to the top - everyone is in a race. A culture of overachievers, which means you have to sacrifice personal and social life to move up the ranks. I've seen amazing rates of burnout among marketing. Too much. Also, middle management can be incompetent or too busy racing to the top to care about you. Everything is in formulas, and just doing a great job is not enough. You need to shop yourself and shout about your achievements as loud as you can in order to get promoted. Also, the commute from the city sucks. Oh, and the company's product strategy is a laughing stock. Google jumps on every shiny object. It's one thing to reinvent an industry, but to launch clones is just low. Google+ is shoved down everyone's throat. Google Offers was a Groupon clone. And nobody cares about the user, the company is totally evil. Decisions are made based on $$$, and not the user in mind. Don't be fooled.

Advice to Management

Stop the cutthroat practices. Force people to leave the office at 7:30 - literally, not just with a lame "you should go home". Young people are slaving their lives away for the company where you probably won't work 2 years from now. Help them enjoy themselves, their work, and the friendships they've made.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Code is available to all employees and thus no tribalism across teams.

    Cons

    Too much infrastructure to grapple initially


  2. "Good company for engineers, strong work culture, company getting too big & hierarchical"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Set the standard for employee benefits and perks (cafeteria food options, shuttle, holiday parties, holiday gifts, gym, etc.)
    - Guest speakers and visitors (my favorite part about the company. People from Condoleezza Rice to David Beckham to Lady Gaga have visited)
    - Co-workers are all extremely smart, driven, and generally interesting people
    - If you're an engineer, they have a strong career path ladder for you
    - Brand recognitions and resume builder. It opens up opportunities for you.

    Cons

    - As a very engineering centric company, not as many other resources go towards the supporting functions. Engineers have a clear career path, yet this can be difficult to navigate if you're in another role. However, there is much internal mobility.
    - Like any large company, Google is very hierarchical. It's who you know.
    - Priorities are constantly changing.
    - Can almost be a utopian society
    - People have golden handcuffs here. There are brilliant people who are doing jobs that they're not passionate about and that they're overqualified for. However, because of company brand and reputation, they perceive it to be worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    - Treat all people equally. Place value in full time and contract employees. There is a culture of treating contracted employees as second class citizens, and that's not productive.

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