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"Ok, not as great as the main campus in Mountain View"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Overall an ok place to work. Good food, smart co workers. Fairly interesting work, though not always. Upper management is very transparent and open.

Cons

The Seattle office is definitely more top down and autocratic than most other Google offices. Far less freedom to change projects and work on things that interest you.

Advice to Management

stop hiring so fast

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. "what a heck of experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    highly recommended for college graduates. this is a place you got to work for.

    Cons

    too much free food, got to watch out of your weight

    Advice to Management

    keep all the good stuff rolling


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Good company and perqs; work itself is often lacking in substance and satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * World-class, brilliant coworkers
    * Excellent benefits and physical environment
    * Above-average total compensation compared to other local companies
    * Some groups do very cutting-edge work

    Cons

    * Much of the work is not interesting
    * Mid-level executive leadership is questionable
    * "Death march" schedules and random priority changes becoming more common
    * No career path from engineer to having substantive influence over what gets worked on
    * Too many overqualified people forced into work that's beneath their abilities

    Advice to Management

    Eric seems to be on the ball, but I'm less impressed by many of our VPs. I feel like I'm being assigned to projects as a lowest-common-denominator coder, because it's too complicated to keep track of what people are good at in an organization this size. I also feel that any insight I might have is basically unwanted and my job is to shut up and write code to support other people's visions. It's not an inherently very satisfying job, and I think it's going to become harder for Google to continue to attract top people if something doesn't change.

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