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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Nice"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. Nice benefits. location in new york city, free transportation to and from the company. Good fresh food also.

    Cons

    long work hours. Very hard to maintain a good work life balance. Constant fear of being fired. Too much of a bureaucracy, you feel like dont contribute to anything.

    Advice to Management

    dont fire me. Im just a little boy. I have nowhere else. Please dont fire me. Dont fire me.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "AQR"

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    Former Contractor - Aqr in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Aqr in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    24/7 work access, if you like to live on LALA time.

    Cons

    Poor work ethic, the work starts when CA says so...work in dribs and drabs. No direction. Days go by without any tasks, all for less than $15K a year. (ZERO hour = NO contract) One spends hours on end on standby before works teaches in @ 2AM EST.

    Advice to Management

    Do not hire contractors to keep down your overheads...$15per hour is pathetic. Get some AQRs offshore and pay them even less...

  3. Helpful (20)

    "inhospitable place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    money, money, money, money, money. and the free food. free trainings. money. I would have quit a long time ago were it not for the money.

    Cons

    the politics, the pressure, the stress, the backstabbing, cutthroat colleagues, the lack of transparency, constant reorgs, lack of job security, the disposability of employees, lies from management. Human Resources team is a ship of fools.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be evil. Don't lie about reorgs just to get rid of people you want to dispose of but can't find a legit reason to. Don't change the rules and hold employees accountable to the new rules retroactively--literally the worst thing ever, totally un-business-like.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Most stressful job ever. You get fired if you even sneeze too loud."

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    Former Employee - GSX Operator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - GSX Operator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The Pay was great, when you got hours.

    Cons

    No Union, no sense of security, horrible working conditions, your not allowed to have a voice. No one seems to know what's going on, rules change every week. There are non stop emails and sometimes even phone calls during your personal time. Even after a 10 hour shift you only get 30 minutes lunch. You often have to perform the role of 3 people at once.

    Advice to Management

    Stop depending on a daily feedback form from each operator & actually spend some time in store to witness 1st hand what is going on, rather than sitting behind a computer all day dictating.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Worst experience ever"

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    Former Intern - SWE Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - SWE Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, nice perks (free food, gym classes etc).

    Cons

    unclear and unrealistic expectations, incompetent manager, very bureaucratic, arrogant employers

    Advice to Management

    Please choose your employers more carefully


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Not nice if you're a contractor..."

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free meals, coffee, and snacks.

    Cons

    Working in a culture of 20 something, ivy league graduates with inflated egos was challenging.
    Contractors are not offered benefits, perks (massages, dinners out, free phones an other gifts, etc.). They are not invited to team or company celebrations like the huge holiday party. You end up feeling like a 2nd class citizen.

    Advice to Management

    Be kinder to contractors. They have a lot to offer and are overlooked.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Very Dissatisfied! STAY AWAY!!"

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    Current Contractor - Oracle Functional Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Oracle Functional Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Please let me know if there is one..

    Cons

    Long list -- Here you go..
    1. Poor Management
    2. No Ethics
    3. Untrained Staff
    4. No Manners
    5. Disgusting Managers
    6. Single Person works as Recruiter; Sales Executive; Manager etc. etc.
    7. Don't Pay on time
    8. All good reviews are written by company recruiters
    9. Doesn't file H1 B and still say e-verified
    10. Proxy interviews are taken
    11. All the employees are family members

    Advice to Management

    No use giving advice as they don't listen to you

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Nothing is ever good enough"

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    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots and lots of money thrown around to bring in celebrities and authors to keep you interested; the space is very clean

    Cons

    You are encouraged to work against your "teammates" in your fight to the top and talk bad about them; Building a sense of community is discouraged

    Advice to Management

    Stand behind your word: Don't be Evil. Lead by example. Evil is prevalent in the way you make us fight each other.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting work but poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in South Plainfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in South Plainfield, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a lot of interesting work and customers with challenging problems. The company is a large portfolio of hardware and software solutions to work with.

    Cons

    Poor communications between software development uniits were tolerated by management. Management never communicated its goals leaving engineering and consulting in the dark. Software quality was so poor that customers were dissatisfied and continuously threatening to halt the projects. Payment was withheld leading to more pressure to cut costs and diminished software quality. There was no QA on software prior to installation at the customer site. There were many problems with benefits administration caused by the third party firm hired to manage those items.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate with your staff. Set some objectives. Take advice from people that understand software development processes. Try to get a grip on project management.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Elitist, Arrogant Managers with low self-awareness"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great food, amenities and good compensation.
    Excellent location in Chelsea.

    Cons

    #1- Current Recruiting practice has some very strange practices and the rather junior, mediocre recruiting staff are afraid to challenge

    #2-Inflexible recruiting practices that hire against a set of ideals vs business needs. At least 1,000 people a day are screened out due to ridiculous ideals that are never questioned

    #3-Recruiting practices that do not improve without 18 layers of approvals and weak recruiting leadership.

    #4-Strong recruiters leave. Mediocre recruiters stay so that they can provide more convolution to an already convoluted process.

    Advice to Management

    Hire for the business, creativity and potential, not academic credentials or schools. Get rid of the current recruiting leadership.


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