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"Fantastic company"

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Map Designer in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Map Designer in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The rumors about the glamorous work environment at Google are true. You're in a comfortable workplace surrounded by the best people and practically smothered with perks.

Cons

The fabulous perks are there to keep the highly skilled employees complacent while they perform the menial, repetitive, labor that is required to keep the machine running. On any given eventing, many a Googler can be heard lamenting his/her under-stimulating project at any given Palo Alto watering hole.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Yes, it really is a great place to work!"

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

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits. A culture that motivates a strong work ethic. Access to some of the worlds best leaders in areas of machine learning and large scale data algorithms.

    Cons

    Not as much freedom to innovate as one might expect. The quarterly review cycle tends to throw out the idea of trying for a longer term vision.

    Advice to Management

    Throw out the quarterly review cycle, or at least keep the impact on day-to-day decision making to a minimum. It is too short a time-frame to draw conclusions. Also, drastically change your hiring process. It is far too slow, and the slowness is built into the painstaking steps that the interviewers have to take to support the interview process.


  2. "Great Company to Work for but Maybe Not Forever"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Google company culture is everything it's been built up to be. It's like working on a college campus with your friends but you really do get to do cool things that matter. You will have to opportunity to make the world a better place and help other companies use Google products to better their own businesses.

    You'll truly get to work with great teams and will find a lot of people who care about your success and are willing to help. Support from management is pretty good overall.

    The food is also fantastic.

    Cons

    Google does employ a lot of people on one year contracts. It is actually more difficult to become a full-time employee while in a contractor role than it seems to be coming from outside Google.

    Advice to Management

    People who have been here for a year are a real asset to the company. They are familiar with the products and the way the company operates. They are allowed to leave and excel at other companies once their contracts expire. Management may want to rethink that.

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