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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Growing Pains"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (7)

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

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (10)

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

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    • 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.)


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good placeo to work. No room for advancement"

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    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.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Incompetent Management"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Disneyland"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is like Disneyland for geeks. It's an incredibly great place to work: the food, the people, the projects, the opportunities...

    Cons

    It's extremely disorganized. There's either not enough work or way too much. No feedback. No structure. It's not always clear how to contribute.

    Advice to Management

    One word: divestiture. Google should spin out some of its projects to a separate company so they can be run more efficiently. Management is too decentralize.


  7. "Finance, Human Resources"

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

    Pros

    Google has a tremendous brand equity, incredibly brilliant colleagues, and it has a culture that truly fosters innovation. The work environment is generally fun and challenging environment.

    Cons

    The hours are very long and hard, and work/life balance still needs to be improved. Management says they are doing their best to make this better, though it has not improved.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to avoid changing things at the last minute for certain functional groups within the organization. Sometimes they make last minute changes to decisions, which causes a pain for the employees down the ladder.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Great place to work but it's hard to be noticed in such a huge pond of ridiculously smart people with too much free time"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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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 are great as you probably already know. Who can complain about free gourmet food and lots of freebies. But even over the last few years the company's growth has caused many of these once great perks to go downhill (but don't get me wrong the food is amazing). There are so many smart people at Google so if you want a place to learn and find out anything you've ever wanted to know, this is the place for you. People are typically very willing to give you a helping hand any time you have a question. Google also does wonders on your resume of course.

    Cons

    It's really hard to shine. As the company has grown at an amazing rate, you become a little guy amongst hundreds of strong performers. Even if you're doing well, there's probably somebody else putting in more than the extra effort. By this I mean, so many people work day and night and achieve great things, but for those who have other things going on in their lives it's just hard to compete and be noticed. It's hard to blame managers as they can't reward everybody but it's really hard to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try so hard to suck all the free time out of everyone's lives. While it's great that some employees love to contribute extra, it's unfair to punish those who just do a great job during the business day.

    The hiring process is also horrible. It weeds out thousands of extremely qualified applicants as it focuses strongly on GPA over real industry experience. Often times the smartest and most applied people are the people who didn't do well in school. Many of the great innovators have not appeared to be the most 'book smart'.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Googler"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks at Google are really cool. The free food and Google wear are all good. But the recognition of working at a cool company is a reward itself too

    Cons

    It is a very disorganized environment. The company still feels chaotic and like a start up. Also, it seems the company takes advantage of people by lowering the salary.

    Advice to Management

    I would advise the leadership to be more structured. Sometimes the environment is too loose and too casual. Perhaps this is to preserve the Google reputation of being a "cool" company to work for.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "I can't imagine a better job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart co-workers
    Great food
    Interesting, high-impact projects
    Many learning opportunities
    High pay
    Good benefits
    30 inch monitor
    Seemingly unlimited computing resources

    Cons

    A sense of entitlement from some employees
    With so many reports per manager, it is easy to get over looked if you don't speak up
    Group offices. Sometimes I really want a door and a quiet place to work

    Advice to Management

    The management is doing great. The feeling of trust I get from management at Google helps me to feel committed to my work. Of course, mileage may vary depending on individual managers, but I've been very lucky here. And Eric is the best CEO I've encountered.


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