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  1. "Dream job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, atmosphere, corporate culture, respect of the community

    Cons

    None, really. Great place to work.

  2. Helpful (2207)

    "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 9 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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  3. Helpful (950)

    "Great balance between big-company security and fun, fast-moving projects"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    * If you're a software engineer, you're among the kings of the hill at Google. It's an engineer-driven company without a doubt (that *is* changing, but it's still very engineer-focused). * The perks are amazing. Yes, free breakfast, lunch, an dinner every weekday. Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in...

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    Cons

    * It *is* becoming larger, and with it comes growing pains: bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension (though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft's internal tension). * The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping, but possibly not. It's hard to get real metrics, because as the absolute number of people grows, naturally the number of bad apples grows; as a...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the user. Everything else will follow.

  4. Helpful (521)

    "The best place I've worked and also the most demanding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You can't find a more well-regarded company that actually deserves the hype it gets. You'll work on cutting edge projects / solve important issues that impact your community and the world You'll meet interesting people who are your colleagues, managers, and senior management. You'll open the paper and see your company in the news almost every day, and read about projects you're working on, which is a cool thing...

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    Cons

    I live in SF so the commute can take between 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours each way on the shuttle - sometimes 2 hours each way on a busy day or rainy day. That means being on the bus for 3-4 hours PER DAY. It's a wired bus though which means you can work on the way to Mountain View. But it can feel brutal. Your first year or two are really important in terms of your career at Google and they affect how you're viewed, and...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep on NOT micromanaging - that is a huge benefit to Google. Most of us have a huge workload and we work in spikes and not chained to our desks, and we care deeply about producing, and we produce a lot. We can do that because you respect us enough to give us some freedom in how we do our jobs.

  5. Helpful (78)

    "Unique, one of a kind dream job"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
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    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Google for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Google is a world of its own. At every other company, there were lots of people who had serious gaps in their skills. At Google, I could have a serious work conversation about technology with everyone and could trust that they have solid expertise. In that way, Google is a sheltered garden from the rest of the world. There is a general sense of trust in the company. You can leave your valuables and laptops lying around,...

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    Cons

    If you don't work in MTV (HQ), you will be given work. However if you are passionate and want to advance your career, you should relocated to MTV. Any project that started doing well and getting important seemed to get transferred there. Promotion opportunities are better there. It seemed that everyone who relocated from another location to MTV, was a lot happier. Officially, the company focuses on impact. In practice,...

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    Advice to Management

    Promote managers into management for their manager skills. Train manager in managing skills (both business and people managing skills). Focus more on the user. It seems that OKRs are more focused on internal metrics than actually understanding the user and making them happy. Roll back the trend towards becoming a regular company.

  6. "Excellent!"

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    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Amazing experience, fun people, growing exprience, tons of opportunitis

    Cons

    I can't tell I had a bad experience while there

  7. "Great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Really smart colleagues to work with.

      Cons

      Snacks could be a bit better.

    • "Its amazing."

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      Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in San Francisco, CA

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than 6 years

      Pros

      The coworkers are the best.

      Cons

      The pressure is a lot to handle.

    • "Great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      Work Life Balance Big Achievement Good perks

      Cons

      Nothing to say, company is so great.

    • "Google"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Google full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Great pay, benefits and culture.

        Cons

        A little tough to get promoted.

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