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"Great place, innovative environment with smart people!"

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Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

You get exposed to so many areas of technology, and through the eyes of a company leading the charge to these spaces. Always at the forefront of what's going on and what's changing the world.

Cons

It's a large company now, sometimes not as nimble as smaller competitors. Also promotion is very challenging.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome people. Awesome problems."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great food, amazing tools. Really the best place for an engineer.

    Cons

    You have to fight for the good projects. Everyone around you is smart. (This is a good thing though.)


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Great engineers working on boring code."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most people are smart, lots of vacation days, lots of perks, good food, many interesting distractions like guest speakers, nap pods, good culture. Pay is decent, but not as good as elsewhere.

    Cons

    I'm used to startup culture, and I had a serious culture shock coming to Google. Maybe it varies somewhat by team, but from my vantage point, engineering seemed very bloated and bureaucratic. There is an obscenely long and restrictive "style guide" of programming rules that must be followed and company-wide banned language features that makes coding much less productive than I'm used to. Code reviews sometimes become bickerfests and can drag on for weeks or months. The allocation of engineers to teams is awful - my recruiter basically lied about what I would be working on, when I arrived I was assigned to a team and project that I had no interest in whatsoever, and there was nothing I could do about it except suck it up until I could leave. My coworkers were extremely risk-averse and were far more concerned about breaking something that already worked than about making progress. Also the culture is biased towards "perfect" engineering solutions, and just hacking to get something done is highly frowned upon. This isn't always bad, and you can learn good programming practices and discipline, but unfortunately it just isn't always practical in the real world of deadlines and needing to make progress.

    The worst part of all is that I never felt like my work mattered anyway to the success of the company. I worked on various projects that my manager assigned (there wasn't much discretion in choosing things to work on, and the vaunted 20% time is just hype), and my manager had a lot of "pet projects" that he wanted done but didn't really have any great justification for why they should be done at all.

    Anyway Google is a big company and managers and teams vary in quality. I'm sure there are plenty of people who are much happier than me, but I also think my situation is hardly unique.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assign engineers to projects before their start date and assume that the employee will be happy with whatever crappy project they are assigned to. Give "nooglers" a change to sample several different teams for the first month or so and then give them some leeway to choose a project that matters personally to them. Engaged employees are happier and more productive.

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