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  1. Helpful (1)

    "taxing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Tmanager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Tmanager in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    stock is doing well so i am happy

    Cons

    unorganized no focus to individual efforts

    Advice to Management

    get real - stop pursuing pipe dream projects


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Elitist, Arrogant Managers with low self-awareness"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Thrilling and Satisfying"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best experiences in my life, nothing can or probably will come to these few years of my life at Google.

    Cons

    Lack of proper work life balance, deadlines! deadlines! deadlines! Conference calls can be weird times of the day, but overall satisfying.

    Advice to Management

    Schedule conference call at more decent hours of the days
    Feedback could be better received
    Pay be made more competitive


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  5. Helpful (18)

    "Good place to start, but do not stay there for a long"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Stff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Stff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is the best place to start for a fresh graduate.
    You can learn a lot here. I loved working on mapreduce infrastructure, the google implementation is years ahead of any implementation (hadoop etc) and learned a lot.
    It was incredibly easy to find a job after I left Google, my experience was valued very much by other companies.
    Until very recent times Google was the best place to work on new innovative projects in any area from information retrieval and natural language processing to large scale distributed system. The infrastructure of datacenters is very impressive, very few companies can give you similar resources.
    It's up to employee to decide how much time he spends in his office and how much time he works from home.
    Food is free and many other benefits are available.

    Cons

    Google management is pretty bad. Many cool innovative ideas from engineers were "killed" by managers because they were unable to understand their importance. Projects similar to facebook and yelp were made in google long time ago and they did not start and succeed because of management failure. Top management never understood importance of social and local until very recent time.
    Promotion system is really bad. I was glad to get my promotions but many people are very unhappy. There is no fair system to evaluate quality and amount of your results. Basically, everything depends on your manager, he likes you, you are doing very well, he dislikes you, you are in hell.
    Recent privacy scandals were very embarrassing for many employees. I did not expect my company to intercept wi-fi traffic.

    Advice to Management

    Start respecting your employees and listening to them.
    Start respecting privacy laws, so your employees will respect you and your policies


  6. Helpful (9)

    "unfair, boring place (at least outside of engineering)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    delicious food, massages, TGIF/ other nice events, generally smart people (but also many are total weirdos), many engineers truly passionate about products

    Cons

    unfair/ slow promotions process (if you manager really likes you you get promoted, if they sort of like you you're in purgatorium forever, if they don't you're managed out). boring work. red tape. all big company problems and more. many products competing with each other or duplicating effort. chaos in communication between teams. bureaucracy in order to get simple stuff fone. Disrespect for non-eng functions. declining quality of hires.

    Advice to Management

    FIx all the above problems!!


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Inconsistent managers plague Google"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineering and Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering and Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Perks, food, successful company, some cool products, resume builder

    Cons

    Your time at Google is entirely dependent on the capabilities of your manager.

    I worked in MTV for 4.5 years and I've never been at a place with more inconsistent quality of managers. I reported to 6 managers during my time. A few were great, but others were horrifyingly bad. Had enough with my last manager, who was self serving and not well liked by his group, yet the company did NOTHING to remove him. Decided to chart my own course by joining a startup that was more human focused. Have not regretted my decision whatsoever. Much happier now. Too many Google managers are often the victim of their own hubris + lack of real world experience.

    In 2005, Google was a place where you could change things and make decisions quickly. Now, it is a place to be a cog in a giant profit machine.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people based on metrics like academic pedigree and grade point average. Focus on human skills and leadership ability. Proactively address cases of poor middle management rather than sticking your head in the sand.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Waste your life here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good fame
    Good money
    Free food/shuttle etc

    Cons

    You never have a career path.

    You'll need months to figure out how to grad an easy number through the legacy system, needless to mention about the reviews, permissions etc.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from microsoft, cuz you are the microsoft of 2000 now.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Overrated!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the perks working here are very enticing

    Cons

    no room to really advance. You're just a number.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees!!! Don't be a Hi.P.P.O


  10. Helpful (6)

    "It's becoming a place where most people are treated like servers -- interchangeable and replaceable."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the right Eng group, young engineers will learn a lot. The food is good. The bicycles are handy.

    Cons

    For more senior people, odds are, you're going to be waiting a long time for any kind of promotion. You will also be way older than most of the people you work with, and your manager may or may not understand family commitments. (Google in general does.)

    Your manager may or may not care about you. If you get a good manager, great. If you get a lousy one, it may or may not get fixed in any reasonable amount of time, and it can be hard to transfer out if you're having any difficulty with your manager. I had the worst manager of my 30 year career there, and should have just quit after I figured that out.

    Advice to Management

    Emulating the secrecy, siloing and hierarchy of Apple will not result in Google being as good at focus and product as Apple.

    Google needs to encourage lightweight experimentation (in a way that 20% time doesn't really do, since it's often "120% time"). Once there are a bunch of organizations who all want to prevent you from launching quickly and easily, innovation suffers.

    Even line engineers, TLMs, and lower level managers are not in fact interchangeable, and the company (or at least the Sales organization) shouldn't re-org every few months.

    People get promotions based on politics and who sucks up to whom, not based on merit.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Not the place for good recruiters."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Leadership Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Leadership Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Like Disneyland, great food, fun environment, fantastic resources and a shuttle! Overall really great environment to be in.

    Cons

    Can't get anything done, so much red tape. As a Recruiter you are really just a paper shuffler and Hiring managers rule the roost so if they are incompetent then your hands are tied and there is no way to be successful. Huge company politics are in play and it is difficult to figure out who to align yourself with. If a process isn't working there is no way to effect any real change.

    Advice to Management

    Hire Recruiters who know what they are doing and let them manage the hiring managers. Split recruiting into three levels, paper pushers for junior roles, mid to senior level recruiters and executive recruiters. Recruiters who are working on mid to executive level positions should be of a high caliber and be viewed as consultants who's expertise is needed and respected. Set them up to be successful and provide an ats system that actually works and make it mandatory to keep data in the system and not on a bunch of spreadsheets.