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"Excellent Experience"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
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  • Senior Management
Former Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
Former Contractor - Technical Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

- One of the best companies to work for
- Good pay
- Perk perk perks
- Great training program to get people up and running
- Flexible schedule
- Perks perks perks - shuttles, laundry, massages, gym, food, drinks, snacks, games, everything you could ever need
- The company trained me to be very successful in my new company where I have a lot of opportunity to grow.

Cons

- Too big so opportunities for career growth are going down
- This was mainly my team and not the overall company - manager likes to micromanage and threaten to fire people (one person actually did get fired for disapproving the manager's techniques)
- TOO many trackers. There was a point in time when I was managing (no joke) 10 manual trackers in Google Spreadsheet (Trix). Manually... and much of the information overlapped. Half of the time is spent in administrative work than on actual productivity
- The recruiting and sourcing team overall try to shark candidates. As soon as a candidate expires, other recruiters will jump on it. They step on each other's toes. Extremely competitive and not always in a good way
- The whole team is a political game of favoritism
- Contractors are unfavored even though most of the team is on contract. Permanent employees are the most favored
- No value for employees, just work - They offered me an FTC (fixed term contract conversion) when I let them know I was leaving them for a direct competitor even though I had been asking them all year throughout my contract.
- Started to feel like a sweatshop

After all that, I would do it all over again because this company trained me to be super successful where I'm at now. I have opportunities to move forward which I didn't have at the G.

Advice to Management

- STOP with the excel-like trackers! It's one of the best data companies in the world. Why do the sourcers have to spend so much time on manual tracking of data? Automate!
- Enough with the micromanagement, we're there to work with Adults not children.
- Politics. Should go, but Google is too big to not have politics now.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people, fantastic perks. I learned more here than I have anywhere else in my professional history. The older teams, such as infrastructure and apps have people that can teach you more in an hour than you learn many places in your entire tenure.

    Cons

    most of the technology is inhouse, and google faces problems no one else does, so what you learn is non-transferable. Offices outside of Mountain View are treated very poorly.


  2. "loved it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    work environment was very fantastic

    Cons

    i didnt have any to report

    Advice to Management

    keep it up

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