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"Good place overall"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great pay and it just comes with performance and promotions, you don't need to negotiate it. You get the chance to work with and learn from some amazing people. Very high code quality, not just at the level of coding style or individual classes, but the overall system architecture, things tend to be really thought through, stupid things don't happen.

The company is very helpful with immigration issues. Good 401k program.

Cons

Google's tech stack is big and complex. You will be spending a lot of time figuring out how to plug together various systems and APIs. You may be spending a lot of time looking at various status pages, trying to understand whether your tasks are doing what they should with acceptable performance and why not and which obscure configuration option you need to tweak to make them. A lot of what you will need to learn to do the job will be specific operational knowledge about how to work that unwieldy beast that is Google's infrastructure.

The code complexity is considerable, which means that implementing simple features can take much more time than you'd think it should. It also means it can take a lot of time to get to the point when you feel like you at least somewhat know what you're doing.

The company keeps the copyright to all your hobby projects. They have a system through which you can ask that the copyright be released to you on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes they'll say yes sometimes they'll say no.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work.

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    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant III in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Administrative Assistant III in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The pay and the perks were excellent.

    Cons

    It takes a lot of time to do simple things.


  2. Helpful (14)

    "The best there is"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    No company is perfect, but Larry and Sergey aim at running a great one. Free food is just the beginning, although parents of small kids will find it especially liberating to bring them over for dinner after a hard day of work rather than cooking.

    There are weekly TGIF meeting swhere pretty much all important confidential company plans are shared with employees and the later have an opportunity to ask any questions they wish to Larry, Sergey and any presenters. Quality of coworkers rocks. Managers are restricted to people/project decisions and do not interfere in technical aspects of the job. There are always parties, gifts, events and learning opportunities of both technical and personal nature.

    This is definitely a place where you can work 9-5 and prioritize family, school events and so on if you so choose. If you are a workaholic, you will definitely be accommodated. While the later group may justifiably receive promotions and pay hikes, but the former will not fired or mistreated for their choices.

    If you have what it takes, join and never look back!

    Cons

    Mandatory code reviews create a government like culture where people can "filibuster" something they don't like by just whining and refusing to approve the contribution until the author gives in.

    There is a lack of a single person or team who is responsible for an overall priorities and schedule of a given project. Separate control of various aspects, like feature, UI and code can stunt timely progress of a product.

    You have to be competent and self-confident to comfortably work with competent and often hard-headed people.

    Interview process is capricious and often rejects well-qualified and valuable people for irrational reasons, like "staying at the previous company too long".

    Advice to Management

    Reward incremental improvement achieved on time and discourage unbounded debates and expectation of unrealistic perfection or margins of proof at the expense of results.

    Develop a more rational hiring process, for example review effectiveness of different interview givers with in-house tech wizardry and let the best ones take charge.

    Pat yourself in the back. You did way better than any other large tech company, especially the old guard ones that have not prioritized becoming great places to work, regardless of weather they are technically innovative or financially successful

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