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"Great company to work at"

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Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
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Pros

Great pay, work whenever convenient for you. The free food is simply amazing. Lots of perks like massages, micro kitchens, tech talks. The tech stops and hardware depots are great assets, you can go pick up headphones or a new keyboard and mouse for office use. The work place is very open, interaction with other employees is very easy. It is filled with very intelligent and fun people. The company is very open, you can ask questions directly to the CEO or Founders during TGIF question and answer sessions. Interns don't get nearly as much perks and benefits as full time employees, but that's expected. Google probably has one of the highest pays for interns. It is definitely one of the best places to work at.

Cons

Promotions don't seem to happen too often due to the fact that there is very short chain of command and little bureaucracy.

Advice to Management

Give more incentive and encourage to do longer intern terms so they are not forced to work on small isolated projects most of time with little visibility to the rest of the engineers on the team.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (12)

    "Unfortunately Google is less and less a cool place for senior software engineers"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    more freedom, relevantly less bureaucracy and harassment compare to similar size company. open access to code base, design documents cross all projects. energetic and talented engineers. free meal are very convenient. flexible working hours. core search and ads system have solid code base. solid infrastructures like mapreduce, bigtable, GFS, RPC etc are interesting to build application on. LSE are still positive models for the whole company. distributed offices offer working opportunities for people around the word. MTV main campus is dynamic and vibrate. company still attracts fresh high quality new graduates from top universities. politics is not a huge problem yet.

    Cons

    Company is getting more bureaucratic. While many engineers are super solid, some managers are only good at suck-up or manage-up, they indulge at meetings to show their influence but unable to really be a model and lead by examples. Some senior engineers are leaving as the freedom to work on innovative project is diminishing. more and more new graduate or junior engineers are hired. While politics are still relative small compare to similar size company, they are certainly growing. managers "promote" lots of tech lead to manage projects regardless whether they are really technically strong. peer-review process is partially broken as manager's feedback is the one that really matters. project transfer process is heavy and become very dis-encouraging.

    Advice to Management

    Engineer should have more freedom in project transfer. engineers in satellite office should be allowed to work on projects centered in main campus.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's good to be a Googler!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. The people - some of the best and brightest people I've ever met. Young, energetic, and creative people make work enjoyable, and interesting. We've got our share of former Olympic athletes, mad scientist engineers, etc.

    2. The work - We're the market leaders in so many different spaces, and it's exciting to be on the cutting edge. You get to work on things that might just change the game, and that's exhilarating.

    3. It's Google!

    Cons

    VERY Entrepreneurial. You have to manage your own relationships and career, no one's going to do that for you. This can be challenging, and to some, discouraging. But take it or leave it!

    Advice to Management

    Keep us Googley! Continue to stay visionary, inspiring, strong-willed, and transparent!

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