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15 days ago

Technical Operations Manager, AV Engineering, Deployment Manager

Google London, England

As the AV Eng Deployment Manager, you will play a key role in managing the teams that project manage the deployments for Googles cutting edge AV… Google

25 days ago

Cloud Platform Sales Engineer, Google for Work

Google London, England

You are a Sales Engineer with excellent technical, communication and organizational skills to join our Google for Work sales team. Your previous… Google

30+ days ago

Interaction Designer

Google London, England

Design and user experience (UX) are at the forefront of everything we do. The job of an Interaction Designer is to envision how people experience our… Google

9 days ago

Strategic Account Manager, FMCG, Google Play

Google London, England

• Be responsible for driving and managing growth across third-party retail channels. Manage integrator/service provider relationship to distribute… Google

15 days ago

Legal Intern

Google London, England

Being part of a Google legal regional team, covering two key jurisdictions in EMEA, you will need to expect the unexpected and be equipped with the… Google

9 days ago

Strategic Partnerships Manager, Google Play Promotions

Google London, England

As a Strategic Partner Manager for Google Play, you will be responsible for leading our promotional user acquisition marketing initiatives. A… Google

23 hrs ago

UX Engineer, Front End – new

Google London, England

• Deliver innovative, engaging prototypes using the latest in front-end technologies. • Advise, collaborate with, and synthesize feedback from UX… Google

9 days ago

Content Partner Operations Associate, YouTube (Turkish and German)

Google London, England

are to uncover and understand common issues facing these groups, and then work with the right teams to tackle the problem. Whether surfacing issues… Google

30+ days ago

Associate Legal Counsel, Media and Content Licensing

Google London, England

As Associate Legal Counsel focusing on media and content licensing, you'll negotiate and draft content acquisition and distribution contracts with… Google

24 hrs ago

Digital Merchandising Manager (UK/Ireland), Google Play – new

Google London, England

As a Merchandising Manager in EMEA, you will help build and maintain Google Play's merchandising program on handsets, web and tablets. Based on your… Google

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    Cult of growth

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    Competent and mostly helpful colleagues. Extreme amount of information accessible. Very powerful tools. Huge infrastructure for experimenting. Memegen.


    Cult of growth. Everything is measured, quantified and evaluated in terms of growth and impact. Exponential growth is expected in every single metric: number of projects, number of users, lines of code, impact, whatever. If something stops growing, it usually gets killed. Do you remember Google Reader? It stopped growing. Look out for your own stats, and get transferred quickly if you stop growing at your current place.

    Lack of focus. Hyperactive and very disruptive development in most areas, with user experience neglected. It is starting to hit back (as of 2014-2015). Unfortunately, I can't go into details on the consequences of this one, due to confidentiality.

    Chaos. There is no stable point, everything changes all the time. All documentation is unfinished and/or outdated. Very few people have the 'big picture' and they don't have time to share it, because they have to chase their own growth. Reorganization is continually happening. People come and go, teams come and go, products come and go. Usually we move 3-4 times a year. Noogler onboarding is often forgotten. There's a story about a noogler haunting the buildings for 2 months before finding out whom he reported to. I'm not sure if that ever happened, but I've seen people wandering around for several days. (Now I have the routine to spot them and help finding their team.)

    Long working hours and stress. This is most prevalent in SRE, but many development teams experience it, too.

    Cult vocabulary. There are hundreds of words for common things. On top of that, all projects have their internal codenames, and sometimes 3-4 different names refer to the same thing. You can speak whole sentences with words that only googlers understand. Willpower, Ikea, magnet, batman, etc.: those words do not mean what you think they mean.

    Location-specific issues. The company is centered around Mountain View, and you are almost certainly required to move there if you become important. Other sites (especially non-US sites) provide significantly less perks and choices.
    Mountain View is extremely crowded, and facilities can't keep up with the growth. Property prices are crazily inflated by googlers, and traffic is bad for the same reason.
    London still has some office space, but it pays much less than other sites, while living costs are the same or higher. The company sets the salaries based purely on industry average, not on living costs. The London benchmark seems to be flawed. You can't afford to rent any decent flat near the office, and commute is awful during peak times.
    Offices are open plan everywhere. Waiting for male toilets is very common at most sites.
    With regards to quality of life, the Zurich site is the most livable in Europe, and maybe New York in the US (until Eric Schmidt applies his stupid crowdedness-makes-you-creative theory).

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    Allow people to focus on one thing, even if it slows growth down. It results in better quality and less fixing later.

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