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"Now too big ... but still great company"

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Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

- Collaborating with smart people
- Working on world's most popular products and seeing its impacts
- Awesome perks (food, gyms, events, etc.)

Cons

- Peer pressure makes you work really hard
- Campus is very crowded (the worst is Charlie at lunch time)
- It is hard to join teams that you want to.

Advice to Management

I think management is doing very well

Other Employee Reviews for Google

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    "Loved every minute."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Instructional Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food even for contractors (red badge employees). Very smart co-workers. Fun collaboration. Opportunity to get more responsibility to grow your skills. If you work there as a contractor, I recommend trying to apply for and get a full time position as soon as possible.

    Cons

    It kind of sucks to be a red badge employee. People try really hard not to treat you differently, but the fact is, you are different. As a contractor, you are not a shoe-in for a full-time position, even on your own team. Engineers can have a hard time taking ideas from experts in the application of certain tools.

    Advice to Management

    Help existing teams build better products, instead of starting from scratch every time. The team I was on, it solved one problem and was patched together to serve the needs of a wider base of users. Research was not really done on competitive products. A product was just "new" and built, without regard for what users might actually need. I was surprised this happened at Google, but I guess it's just the way it is sometimes.


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    "Amazing colleagues and the company makes it very comfortable to work there."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in class colleagues, big/interesting problems to solve, great perks, competitive salaries, easy to transfer between roles internally.

    Cons

    I worked at Google for over 6 years and saw a lot of growth during this period. The resulting bureaucracy could be frustrating and certain decisions were nearly impossible to reverse; I often heard statements to the effect of "we analyzed this a few years ago and our decision was X, so we're not going to revisit it now."

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you reward people for being team players and not just those who toot their own horns the loudest. I saw a number of promotions (in Sales) go to people who had made the best slides that summarized their achievements versus those who flew under the radar but were actually more critical to the success of their respective teams.


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