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  1. "Can confirm - is pretty ideal"

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    Current Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free food, talented coworkers, amenities, subsidized classes, work-life balance, impactful projects with media attention, best benefits, gyms, on-site doctors, annual raise and bonus, culture of open communication, mobility between cities globally, ability to present your work publicly, resources to do great work, ... even great weather. The only reasons I could see a designer being dissatisfied working at Google...

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    Cons

    Culture incentivizes big launches followed by a disinterest in supporting projects, leading to mostly finished features not being polished or things being cancelled entirely in favor of the next big launch. Leadership has a history of internal dishonesty, frequently saying things they think employees want to hear instead of the truth. The VP of hardware design promotes opinions of anti-intellectual pseudoscience.

    Advice to Management

    Trust is more important than metrics, externally and internally

    Google2019-04-18
  1. Helpful (2256)

    "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day. 2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc....

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    Cons

    1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down. I don't know if Google inadvertently hires...

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    Advice to Management

    1) Don't dismiss emotional intelligence and adaptive leadership. They're not just catch phases. You need great managers and leaders in order to build great companies and develop great employees. The people who may be brilliant at solving technical issues may not be (and are most often, not) the best candidates for management. 2) Do something about that work-ife balance. Don't just have a bunch of pow-wows and...

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    Google2013-06-21
  2. Helpful (955)

    "Great balance between big-company security and fun, fast-moving projects"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * If you're a software engineer, you're among the kings of the hill at Google. It's an engineer-driven company without a doubt (that *is* changing, but it's still very engineer-focused). * The perks are amazing. Yes, free breakfast, lunch, an dinner every weekday. Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in...

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    Cons

    * It *is* becoming larger, and with it comes growing pains: bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension (though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft's internal tension). * The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping, but possibly not. It's hard to get real metrics, because as the absolute number of people grows, naturally the number of bad apples grows; as a...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the user. Everything else will follow.

    Google2014-05-10

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