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"Getting big and hard to get your voice heard"

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

Diversity and lots of talented people in there, management style of 7:1 and very each to communicate with manager and director, peers are wonderful and love the 360 peer review system

Cons

Organization gets too big and gets hard to stay in cozy start up environment during 2005 when I first joined. Some managers are getting less qualified as they are from top MBA schools, too much strategy talks but no implementations, too political sometimes!

Advice to Management

get rid of those disqualified manager who's just there to play politics and pretending they care, but actually lack of technical skills, managements skill but just textbook knowledge from school

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, great work, fast pace!"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google as an intern

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people; interesting, real world problems; lots of resources and data. Great benefits and employee-friendly atmosphere. Transparent review process.

    Cons

    Lots of programming overhead make some simple tasks very difficult. Everyone spends a lot of time at work. They have family-friendly policies, but it seemed like the culture was to work not just very hard, but also very long. The pressure to ship code means you might have a lot of all-nighters.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Great experience but not very different from other large tech companies."

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    Former Contractor - Sourcer
    Former Contractor - Sourcer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + great brand to represent if you work in staffing, people are really excited at potentially exploring an opportunity w/ Google

    + it's pretty neat to be working for one of the best tech companies, you feel like you're in the midst of everything technology

    + perks are great; 3 meals a day, snacks/drinks, frequent events/happy hours onsite, if you need something you can typically just get it (keyboards, mice, special headsets, extra monitors, etc)

    + flexible hours, occasionally allowed to work from home, easy to take a day off here and there

    + fun coworkers

    + huge resume boost, probably the biggest pro IMO

    + compensation (as a contractor) is pretty good

    + the systems in HR/staffing are pretty impressive

    Cons

    - massive company, 70k+; its tough for you to have impact

    - political, to rise you pretty much have to be a workaholic who is loved by everyone.. if you aren't social w/ your team, you're treated like an outcast.

    - age discrimination, the interview process really does favor new grads and those w/ under 5 years of experience.. thus making every 23 year old w/ an ivy league degree on linkedin a target

    - recruiters/sourcers are mostly incompetent InMail machines who were jocks (or bros) in high school/college, and try to pretend to be "nerdy" or different.. it's quite painful

    - the top performers are those reaching out to thousands of candidates per month

    - limited growth for those in staffing

    - boring work, very little interaction w/ technical staff, hiring managers, etc

    - Google uses very unprofessional vendors to manage contractors

    - the attention put on diversity recruitment is appalling and should be illegal

    - recruiters push certain job roles on applicants/candidates to fulfill personal goals

    - employees tend to think if you aren't working for a silicon valley company, you're a no body and not worth their time

    Advice to Management

    Have a more thorough interview process for contractors and hire a lot less of them; way to inflate the market Google!

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