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"27 years old and at a loss for what's next:"

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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Pros

Coming out of college, I think Google provides a huge opportunity to advance quickly, but to a point. You'll be given considerable responsibility, and paid accordingly with some pretty terrific perks.

Cons

Google is fighting the 'law of large companies', and is doing pretty well but there's a certain inevitability afoot too: Over the four years I've been there, I've noticed scaling back of perks (and also at times a sickening culture of employee entitlement), a steady rise of red tape to run a scalable service in the production environment, a certain amount of stiff corporate speak and a uptightness over branding, image, and in some cases (though definitely not all) an aversion to risk taking has to some extent dampened my enthusiasm a little bit. Still an amazing place to be though.

Advice to Management

Consider more career paths or guidance for senior engineers... I get the impression that this is where careers go to plateau. I'm 27 years old, and at this level I find myself compensated very well, and with more responsibility than I know what to do with, but I get the impression my choices are being an individual contributor for the next decade, or vying for a management spot. Even so, this is I think a problem for software engineering in general, and I think Google does a much better job at making it a liveable and enjoyable situation than any other large company I can imagine. Even so though, I'd think that a bit more effort in this area could have a noticeable impact on improving retention of experienced engineers (which is already at a pretty solid level relative to just about any other silicon valley firm).

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Google's a great company, but hard to understand"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Portland, OR
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits, including very generous match for charitable donations.

    Cons

    Needs to be run more tightly and with more focus.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time and resources getting new employees oriented and productive.


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    "Love it"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Google is a wonderful place to work. New York office is fantastic and I love my team. I encourage everyone to apply.

    Cons

    The cons of working at Google are that if you are not an engineer, there is not as much flexibility and creativity allowed.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to senior management at Google is to expand their teams beyond looking at what school someone attended or what their GPA is.

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