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"Great perks, great projects, great food, long hours if you're not careful."

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Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Mountain View, CA
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Pros

There's a ton of engineering resources, and everything is pretty open and transparent within the company. Lots of on the job perks, and there are really cool projects all over the company to spend time on.

Cons

There is a culture of working long hours there, and 20% time is pretty much a myth now. If anything, it's 120% time. As well, the San Francisco to Mountain View commute is a little grating after a while.

Advice to Management

As an intern, I didn't really interact with senior management a whole lot, so I couldn't really say.

Other Employee Reviews for Google

  1. Helpful (2)

    "You can work your 80 hours a week whenever you want."

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    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart creative dedicated colleagues; exciting and innovative work environment; open and frequent communications at every level; excellent compensation

    Cons

    Too much of a good thing. Work-life balance difficult to achieve; although, you can work your 80 hours a week whenever you want.

    Advice to Management

    Time to get rid of some of the fat in your management ranks. Start with the ones that drive unproductive politics.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "MBA + no experience = better than no MBA and lots of experience."

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

    Pros

    The food, the smart co-workers, the overall benefits package.

    Cons

    The salary, the internal politics, the young, clueless, and arrogant MBA managers leading more experienced people and not listening to them.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more seasoned managers, give more experienced people the hope of promotion even if they do not have MBAs, be more aware of internal politics, fiefdom-building, backstabbing, and disrespect to non-managers, and compensate experienced people more. There is currently a huge gulf in salaries between people who have been working for a long time in one particular niche and newly minted MBAs with hardly any work experience. It is insulting and demotivating to work under these conditions.

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