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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 296 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to start career in Silicon Valley"

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

    Pros

    -Free food is great
    -Great learning opportunity

    Cons

    -Tough to get new projects started

    Advice to Management

    -Invest in new areas


  2. Helpful (33)

    "Do not ever join Google as Software Engineer in Test"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will interact with one of the most brilliant computer science workers
    Free food, free beer, shuttles, opportunity to shake hands with Obama and all the glitz.
    Sunny state, beautiful campus, I even do my laundry there some days

    Cons

    You will face Software Engineering like interviews. They will test your ability to code and be excellent at algorithms and will be given utterly shitty job
    You will regret joining the company unless you are a fresh graduate student who likes to be pampered
    Pay is shitty as well except few lucky testers who get placed in "high profile" or "high demand" projects
    You will feel like a slave
    There is no getting out of it easily
    I have a degree from one of the top schools and I am already regretting joining google

    Advice to Management

    provide more opportunities to test engineers and engineers in test
    they have ambitions too

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Great place for engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Great Co-workers. My experience has been overwhelmingly positive in this area. My co-workers are smart, motivated, and trustworthy. I can count on them for design and execution.
    * Great products. Loving the product you work on is great motivation for getting up in the morning.
    * Engineer-oriented. Product managers for the most part do not call the shots. Engineering bears most of the responsibility for design, timelines, etc.
    * Flexible hours. Performance really is king; engineers have a lot of flexibility in deciding when to come in and leave.
    * Food. Delicious.
    * Idealism. "Don't be evil" isn't just some marketing ploy that insiders scoff at. There's a real culture of accountability.
    * Stability. I heard of no one in engineering that was worried about their job due to the global economic crisis.
    * Scale. You're probably working on something millions of people use. There's great job satisfaction in that.

    Cons

    * Limited upside compared to a start-up. You don't come to Google thinking you're going to strike it rich in one fell swoop anymore. This is the price of stability.
    * Company has grown quite large. There's something intangible that changes with growth, and even getting to know everyone in your extended team can be hard. There are no all-company events anymore. These have been replaced with organization-specific events.
    * Management quality varies. I have a great manager but I've heard horror stories.
    * Your initial project is assigned based on expressed preferences and relevant experience. It may take time to get off of it if you don't like it.
    * Ramp up may take some time, but don't get discouraged as this is expected. The software stack is almost all in-house and so there's indirect transfer to other systerms.

    Advice to Management

    Overall senior management is extremely competent, and product vision is well articulated. Better training for middle management should be a priority. Proposed increase to financial efficiency (e.g., by cutting perks) should be weighed against the impact on employee satisfaction (they've done reasonably well in this area).


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great perks, boring job"

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    Former Employee - Risk Operations Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Risk Operations Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package is amazing, even if you're just a temp. Fun atmosphere, always a lot of perks, even if the job itself is boring. Coworkers tend to be friendly peers rather than smarmy corporate types, although there's a lot of corporate lingo around.

    Cons

    Long hours, plus I had to work occasional weekends and holidays - didn't have much of a personal life outside of work. Also gained 15 pounds. Great place to get ahead in business, but not if you've got different kinds of career goals.

    Advice to Management

    A little more transparency in decisionmaking, but this is the case in all companies.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "constant restructuring"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Perks
    *Brand Name on CV
    *Has long-term potential if it can become a real company and not a startup anymore
    *Some really smart people can be found

    Cons

    Reorgs every 6 months regardless of departmental needs.
    Getting promoted on merit is near impossible.
    Zombie projects are the norm.
    Lots of people trying to steal your ideas and backstab you for advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Engineering is out of control. Too many duplicated projects. Quality is not rewarded, only things that ship.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Online Sales and Operations Associate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Online Sales and Operations Associate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Lots of cool people
    -Lots of perks
    -Lots of respect from business schools/grad schools
    -Really chill place to work !

    Cons

    -You work really hard and don't make much in comparison
    -Lots of people who graduated from the same school in that office

    Advice to Management

    -Don't let the culture die
    -Preserve your brand
    -Make sure that you don't scare your top talent away through instabilty


  7. Helpful (1)

    "It's Google! What do you expect?"

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

    Pros

    the perks ad name recognition are second to none

    Cons

    It's an engineering company that just happens to need sales people

    Advice to Management

    great place to work, but more attention needs to be paid to the sales organization.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "tons of contractors"

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

    Pros

    I worked here as a technical sourcer on a 1 year contract. Overall, the company is great - not much to complain about when you're getting fed 3 free awesome meals a day + unlimited sushi/smoothie/snacks inbetween. i loved how they allowed you to bring pet dogs to work. love the on site massage, oil changes, author talks, volleyball, etc.

    Cons

    no room for growth as contractor and management made many empty promises

    Advice to Management

    didn't work close enough with management to provide input here


  9. Helpful (1)

    "How to combine work and fun"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management follows the model of the open source community, the attitude of everyone is very open. There are many well-known extras. You're working with people at the top of their game.

    Cons

    Some people still whine that they don't have enough extras. The workspace is very hectic and noisy. Sometimes things seem to move too fast in every direction.

    Advice to Management

    Try to work on long-term goals for employees?


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Like most companies, Google has both pros and cons"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Exciting company atmosphere. Who doesn't like working for a company that is frequently in media headlines
    Intelligent colleagues you can learn from

    Cons

    Frequent re-organizations which can cause your career to move more laterally than vertically
    Many of Google's senior managers are better as individual contributors than team/group leaders

    Advice to Management

    People management should be a top priority. Some of the leaders that you have hired/promoted are great visionaries, salesmen, individual contributors, but not great leaders. They do not energize the masses to do their best and get behind a common goal. Google needs more great people managers.


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