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  1. "Likely the last job in my life..."

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

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The brightest colleagues ever, company focus on `moonshots` and spoiling employees, a myriad career possibilities, have your work touch billions (!) and change the world for the better, initiative always encouraged and rewarded...

    Cons

    Very deep bench -- if your ambition is to become a CEO, you *won't* satisfy it at Google

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Open communication yet more, encourage skipping of bureaucracy and layers, let chaos thrive

    Google2014-10-21
  1. "Great Company"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer 

      I worked at Google full-time

      Pros

      Great Benefits High salary Comfortable environment

      Cons

      Stressful at times Political views Some managers workaholics

      Google2019-06-25
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      "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

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

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