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It's becoming a place where most people are treated like servers -- interchangeable and replaceable.

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Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

I have been working at Google

Pros

In the right Eng group, young engineers will learn a lot. The food is good. The bicycles are handy.

Cons

For more senior people, odds are, you're going to be waiting a long time for any kind of promotion. You will also be way older than most of the people you work with, and your manager may or may not understand family commitments. (Google in general does.)

Your manager may or may not care about you. If you get a good manager, great. If you get a lousy one, it may or may not get fixed in any reasonable amount of time, and it can be hard to transfer out if you're having any difficulty with your manager. I had the worst manager of my 30 year career there, and should have just quit after I figured that out.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Emulating the secrecy, siloing and hierarchy of Apple will not result in Google being as good at focus and product as Apple.

Google needs to encourage lightweight experimentation (in a way that 20% time doesn't really do, since it's often "120% time"). Once there are a bunch of organizations who all want to prevent you from launching quickly and easily, innovation suffers.

Even line engineers, TLMs, and lower level managers are not in fact interchangeable, and the company (or at least the Sales organization) shouldn't re-org every few months.

People get promotions based on politics and who sucks up to whom, not based on merit.

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  1.  

    Best Place to work but middle level sales management is quite poor.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Good Package
    You will have fun while working
    Very friendly colleagues
    Lots of opportunities to travel abroad
    Lots of free goodies like free transport, meals and stock options offered

    Cons

    Salary is sometimes not that competitive
    Promotion takes time as its a huge company now
    If you are in direct sales and you love interacting with clients on an every day basis then your job role will be quite interesting! In Online sales job responsibilities are not that exciting at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google takes good care in employing good people to manage teams.
    But certain people who might not have a degree in management and they became managers because of years served in company. They need to be more effectively trained to handle human resource well. Otherwise the senior management in Google is one of the best to work with.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Perfect!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Perfect job as noticed by press.

    Cons

    Difficult to get an offer.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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