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"Smartest people I've worked with, fantastic benefits, but becoming more political"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Mountain View, CA
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Approves of CEO

Pros

- The smartest people I've ever worked with
- Fantastic benefits and access to resources needed
- Never stop learning from others
- Open culture, people openly share knowledge, very few secrets relative to other companies

Cons

- Senior management in the weeds too much
- Very silo'd roles, hard to break out of your career ladder vertical
- Lack of career paths, and career advice
- Becoming more political over time

Advice to Management

- Focus on leading the company strategy and not on tactical UI and product decisions
- Work hard on ensuring that politics is minimized as the company grows

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (5)

    "Good place if you want to "settle down""

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

    Pros

    The culture - Google has an amazing culture and is a very engineering centric organization. They pretty much defined how the modern silicon valley company should look like and they still do it very well.
    The learning opportunities - It's possible to move easily between teams at Google and you can learn a lot of about a lot of things.
    The perks - Everyone's heard of the perks, and they are awesome. The food is great, the benefits are great, the salaries are competitive with bonuses and stock options.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to get recognition for a job well done.
    Can be a little hectic on some teams, while it can be painfully slow on others.
    Moving from one team to another hinges on getting well known, and in some instances promoted, yet the promotion process is quite difficult to make it work for you. You may try to get promoted one year and get refused by a committee when another one would have given you the promotion, because the members of that committee were more aware of what you did or who you are.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should try to do a better job at ensuring that everyone is not getting bored working on a trivial job. There are lots of people at Google who are overqualified for what they are doing.


  2. "Not such a small company anymore..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work for Google. Everyone is smart and brings their A game. The team culture is great if that's how you like to work, but tough if not. It's a very collaborative environment. It's filled with smart people who have personality (at least in sales).

    The food is outrageously good.

    Cons

    It's not a small company anymore and it's easy to feel more like a number than a name. Because the change is so often and rapid, you may find yourself working for someone who did not hire you, which can be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize employees for their greatest strengths.


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