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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Overall positive"

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

    Pros

    - The environment is casual yet competitive.
    - You get an opportunity to work with smart people and work on great technology

    Cons

    The organization is flat. Which also means that there is little room to grow.
    Too much free food.. can't be good.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Work on creating opportunities for growth for employees. Improving recruitment process will be good too.


  2. "Ok place to work, the rapid release cycle made things fairly unorganized."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart co-workers, free food, fun work atmosphere

    Cons

    Unorganized compared to other big software companies.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the number of project manager in the company.


  3. "Not such a small company anymore..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Executive in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work for Google. Everyone is smart and brings their A game. The team culture is great if that's how you like to work, but tough if not. It's a very collaborative environment. It's filled with smart people who have personality (at least in sales).

    The food is outrageously good.

    Cons

    It's not a small company anymore and it's easy to feel more like a number than a name. Because the change is so often and rapid, you may find yourself working for someone who did not hire you, which can be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize employees for their greatest strengths.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Doubleclick Rich Media services - NY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategist, Rich Media Technical Services in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Strategist, Rich Media Technical Services in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, good name to have on your resume, exposure to cool tech.

    Cons

    Too many people full of themselves, extremely flat company structure with little or no promotion opportunities, depending on the department/product you are working on.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the good people


  6. "Wonderful place to work."

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

    Pros

    Things move fast. People are competent and are among the best in their areas of expertise. There is a feeling of respect towards all the employees. The benefits are great. The hours are very reasonable.

    Cons

    No con that I know of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  7. "great place to work, a few flaws"

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

    Pros

    great environment, recognition, felt great to work with genius

    Cons

    the hiring process is not perfect.

    Advice to Management

    look into future with responsibility, employees are counting on you.


  8. "Fun place to work, smart people, too many meetings"

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

    Pros

    People are smart and very friendly, the perks are unbeatable, the pay is fair for corporate world, and there are always new interesting things going on.

    Cons

    Way too many meetings (can fill half of your daily calendar), sometimes poor internal information management (getting info on an earlier project can only be done by talking to someone who may be gone for weeks, rather than any centralized info mgmt center).

    Advice to Management

    I'm sure many of these things have been improved over the past few years, but I think the toughest thing will be giving people opportunities for growth, especially with such a young management team.


  9. "a good company to work"

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

    Pros

    good company, nice coworkers, good food

    Cons

    become middle age and some office politics

    Advice to Management

    less office politics, reward the good person


  10. "It generates great product"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High salary, promissing company, work environment is good

    Cons

    pressure is high, tedious job

    Advice to Management

    It is the leader of web search company


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Excellent Benefits and Perks, Incredibly Smart People"

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

    Pros

    The perks are just amazing. Their health plan is especially very generous. The people are incredibly smart and excited about their projects.

    Cons

    The working environment is not very friendly, there is an air of arrogance. The recruiting and HR processes are especially slow and tedious.

    Advice to Management

    Google focuses on hiring the "right" (googley) people, but lately this has degenerated into hiring the smartest people who not necessarily pleasant to work with. Steer the focus back on being Googley, possibly by requiring one non-technical/behavioral interview question, such as "talk about how you handled a conflict with a particularly difficult coworker?" The interviewer should then drill into the details of the example to make sure it was a true story.