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"Great first job out of college with smartest people I've met. Great company for college grads and people with children."

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Former Employee - Product Operations and Support Associate in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Product Operations and Support Associate in Mountain View, CA
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Got to work with some of the smartest people I've met.
Benefits are some of the best in the world.
All things considered, workload was manageable and work/life balance was great.

Cons

Entry-level support positions have little job mobility and lack the glamour of other Google departments

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Challenging and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You already know about the perks and remuneration, so I'll talk about the real pros: all-star coworkers, difficult problems to sink your teeth into, and the reward of being able to provide amazing services to people.

    We play board games every week, we talk about ACM papers, we diagnose devilish bugs and find creative ways to solve problems, we pair program and hack out experimental prototypes, and we learn together.

    That last one is particularly important: on my teams people have had real humility. We recognize failure and learn from it.

    I love my coworkers :)

    Cons

    Google's gotten big. Very big. With human nature the way it is, the size leads to the challenges you'd expect -- silos, difficulty coordinating, diffusion of responsibility, culture, etc.

    Everyone has to fight against these natural tendencies every day, and it doesn't come easy.

    To me, this is the #1 reason why people find it hard to work here. It's a real problem. It can make simple things seem impossible, it can cause arguments, it can seem chafing or even suffocating, and even when people consciously fight these issues, it's not always handled in the best way.


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    "software engineer"

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

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    work was really fun comfortable able to work individually

    Cons

    too many meetings,allowed to bring their dogs to work

    Advice to Management

    I don't what to advice

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