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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Analyst from 2007 - 2009"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative products/projects, intelligent people, brand/company recognition, compensation

    Cons

    Flat hierarchy, little room for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Find other ways to keep employees satisfied


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Working as a "Vendor" (Contractor) at Google"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Java Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Java Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is much easier to work at Google as a contractor. The interview process was compressed to one phone screen and a 3 one-hour interviews on-site. The team I worked with was very supportive, and gave us a lot of flexibility and discretion in how we completed the tasks.

    Cons

    Again, being a vendor instead of a Googler, is not quite as bad as being a 2nd class citizen, but it was close. I also found the group I was in to be close to complacent and risk averse.

    Advice to Management

    The distinction between Googlers and Vendors should be decreased. It could be handled more like the Intern programs in terms of bringing people on board. One could start by chaning the color of the vendor badges from red to blue or green.


  3. "Awesome place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly recommend it! Entrusted with a lot of responsibility.

    Cons

    Not much to say here :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Still a great place where you can change the world"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are few places where your work can have the same impact it will have at Google. Your products touch millions of people, and millions or billions in revenue.

    Cons

    The company is getting really big. Products and infrastructures are huge now. Launching new products is getting really hard. Persuading people to go for a new idea can be an endless round of futile meetings. Getting promoted is harder now as the company is top heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on enabling innovation to happen, and planning career paths for your employees.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Growing Pains"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The swag, food, and pride of working for a profitable company are definitely worth the problems that the company faces.

    Cons

    Everyone's had the kool-aide! They are having growing pains, too. It is a terrible place to start a career, many would say.

    Advice to Management

    I would say grow up.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Great perks, and great for your resume/career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work and projects are very challenging; Google's products have wide visibility; great food and perks, and working for Google is great for your resume.

    Google rewards their top performers well. Base salary tends to run at around the 50th percentile in the industry, but annual bonuses the last few years have been ~25% of salary (it's not uncommon for above average performers to receive bonuses of 25-35% of salary).

    Google also matches 401K contributions up to $8,250 for U.S. workers. BTW, 401K matching is something I really wished Glassdoor keeps data on. When comparing overall compensation of two or more companies, you have to account for 401K matching.

    Cons

    The company has grown substantially during the 4+ years I've been here. Management does a good job in trying to limit bureaucracy, but there's definitely more bureaucracy than there was 4 years ago.

    Also, base salaries tend to be much lower than competitors. For a company that prides itself on hiring the best, they certainly don't pay the best when it comes to base salary.

    Advice to Management

    The company made an excellent hire with the (relatively) new CFO. Lot's of waste has been eliminated. Let's keep plugging away at inefficiencies, focus the bulk of our staff and resources on products and projects that matter, and stay humble.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good placeo to work. No room for advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York Mls, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York Mls, MN
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good food
    - Good perk
    - Smart people
    - Fun culture
    - Good reputation. Great to have on a resume

    Cons

    - Very hard to move up in the org
    - Too many cooks in the kitchen
    - Too many teams doing parallel work

    Advice to Management

    - Growth is slowing. Need to buy smaller companies that can accelerate growth again.
    - Change incentive structure. Hard to motivate people when there is little chance of over achievement.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "OK place to work but it's a *big* company now"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Google has a bunch of smart people. Also, there is a strong culture from old-timers to question the status quo and make this drastically better. It's also great pedigree for a resume. Pay is pretty good compared to other companies, the perks too. The shuttle service is great if you live in SF.

    Cons

    very arrogant culture. Old-timers may have a sense of entitlement. Not much growth potential anymore unless you are politically connected with stars. Too many cooks in the kitchen. Too bottoms up, makes cross-team work potentially frustrating. Many remote offices are weak. If you work with a remote team, get ready for a bunch of "C" players with poor cultural fit.

    Advice to Management

    Thin the ranks of management. Have stronger goals across teams (try reading lencioni's silos, politics and turf wars.) Be careful to reward those who work on thankless jobs and not just the Latitudes and other sexy launches. Reward quality over launching crap (several eng dirs are terrible about this.)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Google overview"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like Google for it's transparent culture, free food and other perks (well, but those are baked in the total compensation package anyway).

    Cons

    Relatively flat org means there are few chances for one to advance. It is not uncommon to have a senior manager with 40+ directs. There are lots of smart people. In a way, it is a good thing. The downside is that a lot of them want to play safe, which hampers innovation.

    Advice to Management

    H


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Incompetent Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good perks. There's a lot of smart people that work here. If you're a geek like me, then you've found your home.

    Cons

    Although promotions are said to be fair, it is all how you game the system and play the game. Don't expect to be put on amazing projects, those are for the super elite. There is a 3-4 year exit strategy here, and lately it seems its shortened to 1 to 2 years. New employees come in and realize this place isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

    Advice to Management

    Just because someone is highly technical, doesn't mean they can make a good manager. Those managers are destined to fail.