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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Stimulating work environment but becoming more bureaucratic"

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

    Pros

    - Exciting work
    - Can see impact of your work fairly quickly
    - Accomplished colleagues
    - Great brand recognition

    Cons

    - Increasing numbers of middle managers who add no value
    - Focus on "shiny" vs. substantive work - you're more rewarded for style than substance, splashy work gets praise

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire middle managers who add no value. Unfortunately I see us hiring and rewarding people who spend more time on Powerpoint presentations than actually doing work. Growing pains of a large company or something we can avoid?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Requires dedication"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is an evenvironment in which everyone participates and contributes; unlike previous environments that have numerous employees that are just putting in time

    Cons

    Since the environment is one in which everyone must participate, it is difficult to pull back (e.g. girfriend breakup)

    Advice to Management

    Overall, you are doing well and provide a good working environment


  3. Helpful (4)

    "I hate my job at Google"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice perk, good compensation. Love the free food.

    Cons

    Little career growth. Bas Middle management

    Advice to Management

    Focus on core business and stop investing into peripheral areas.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Depends on your project and manager; hard to transfer."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Kirkland, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    See your company and maybe your work in the headlines.
    Work with some of the best and brightest co-workers in the world.
    Work with applications that millions of people use and enjoy.
    Great food, good benefits and bonuses.
    Information exchange inside the company is quite open, making it easy to find out about opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be hard to transfer to a new project, which can lead to the need to excel at something you don't like in order to earn your way out of it.

    The opportunities for 20% time are real, but you may not have enough time and energy to make use of them.

    Management is often hands-off and not necessarily helpful/encouraging. Find peers to encourage and support you.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Smart people enjoying excellent perks, with extremely spotty management."

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

    Pros

    Everybody who's paying attention knows how great the perks are. Between on-site gyms, massage, a wide selection of health benefits, 401k and stock grants, competitive salary, and of course the free, gourmet meals, it's one of the cushiest jobs in Silicon Valley.

    The technical challenges are interesting, and the code base is enormous. Engineers are encouraged to fix any and all problems, on their own teams or completely separate projects. There is a lot of freedom to do anything that interests you, as long as you have time.

    Cons

    Having good management seems to be a non-goal, at least below the highest levels. The only requirements for becoming a manager are having good enough technical skills to reach the correct job level, and expressing interest. Because of this, middle management is extremely hit-or-miss. Employees are often expected to figure out how to grow on their own, with little or no guidance, even for those fresh out of school. Many managers still have technical responsibilities, and let their people-management responsibilities fall by the wayside.

    It is unclear so far just how Larry Page taking over as CEO will affect the company as a whole, at least in terms of work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent about company direction and motives. When you hire the best and brightest, they don't want to feel like they're being lied to.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Up until 3 years ago amazing. Going public made it far too political, causing many issues with management & leadership"

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

    Pros

    They work hard, but are allowed to play hard. 3 free meals/day + unlimited snacks. Great company sponsored outings!

    Cons

    getting very political, a lot of nepotism. Very negative vibe from employees regarding manager competency.


  8. "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    great place to work but need to have more pay for the work they give

    Cons

    More work... not much pay..

    Advice to Management

    Provide more benefits to employees


  9. Helpful (2)

    "good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work-life balance, openness about important company information from the top-down, dedicated to providing feedback and resources to help you develop professionally

    Cons

    pay is okay; work is not easy. lots of internal procedures are always changing and often confusing; not enough hierarchy; difficult to maintain a balance with so many things going on at once;

    Advice to Management

    increase number of interns and managers; increase base pay and reward according to accomplishment ; provide more locations to work; don't grow too fast


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Its good"

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and the benefits by far

    Cons

    Too Engineer focused and not much thought given to internal infrastructure and operations

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate all functions of the company and not just the engineers


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to learn, tough place to grow"

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

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to learn about technology, product management from some of the best and the brightest. You can instantly work on a high traffic product day one.

    Cons

    Hard to grow in your career. Lots of unattractive projects for new people. If you aren't careful, you can easily get stuck with something you don't want to do.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries - they did this recently.

    Don't give new people the unattractive work, find a way to distrubute it among current employees and spread the load.