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"Awesome"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA
Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

They value your ideas. The employees were happy to work there. Awesome food, awesome people, awesome projects. Flexible working hours, and everyone were dedicated to their job!

Cons

Of course the expectations are high. It might be hard to work with people in different countries states when you work on the same project.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work!

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (12)

    "Cut throat, privileged co-workers, and burn out inevitiable"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and perks depending on the office you're located in. Larger offices have more "Google" options like gym, robust cafes, massages, and ample training classes. The salary is also competitive when you factor in all of the benefits. However, many other companies are becoming "Googley" so beware that it isn't the same it was 5 years ago. All departments are different but the best ones everyone wants to get into are HR, Benefits, Events, and Admin, and Operations. Stay clear of any sales department!

    Cons

    You will get burned out eventually which is why the majority of the employees don't last more than 3 years. You are expected to work day and night, no matter what role you're in, and be available when away on vacations. Management will stress over and over that they wan you to check out for PTO, but when you do, it backfires and I've had 9 different managers and all were the same. I believe it comes from the culture that you must work 24 hours a day. Majority of the staff is young, and they love to hire right out of college because it keeps fresh ideas but also because they can suck more time out you. The peers you work with are not friendly, competitive to the extreme, and will throw you under the bus during review cycles so their performance review will give them a 1-up during calibrations and promotions. Also, don't expect to get promoted often, if at all. Also, if you don't like company re-orgs then this isn't the place for you. It's expected your job responsibilities will change regularly, as often as they re-org themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example and help your peers. If you tell your reports to check out in the evening and not be attached to email, do this yourself and don't send emails at midnight with questions. Also, understand concerns and understand the product which your team is responsible for. How can one grow their career if their manager doesn't even know what is going on or how to work the product? In addition, advocate for your direct reports even if they want to change careers and move to a different department. It's so political now and people are afraid to transfer internally knowing it will damage their performance score.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Only Hype, maybe it was a good company a few years ago. No longer."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Search Engine Researcher in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Search Engine Researcher in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, smart people move on fast.
    Get that name on your resume.
    Gives your leverage to get a good job afterwards.

    Cons

    After all the interviews, they have nothing to offer you other than status for your resume.

    Advice to Management

    Don`t be evil.
    Stop canceling projects, too many things going on, can`t get anything right.

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