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The best company I've ever worked for!

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Challenging work environment, you get to learn a lot, especially in the beginning, huge scale of the projects, incredibly smart people, cool office space, perks (stock option and bonuses) and (healthy and yummy!) food. Variety of domains and products, you can always find something for yourself if you decide to change the project.

Cons

Difficult to get a promotion (you may get frustrated after a while), often have to work late, working from home is rarely an option, not so many career opportunities outside Mountain View, the most interesting projects are focused there.

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Reward long term and experienced employees.

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  1. 17 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, very political and ineffective recruiting team supporting global business org

    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Food
    Lots of primary colored campuses
    McKinsey folks around campus ignore all they learned to lead Google (great for ineffective leaders, bad for those that stand for change)
    PR team is a well oiled machine
    Google is in its own reality, outside opinions that don't agree are ignored / rebuffed

    Cons

    Ex mcKinsey folks become sheep like here and forget that their insights could be used to affect change at a
    Recruiting function that is lackluster (take them out of The gplex) they couldnt recruit top talent. Several recruiting leaders from the UK and seem to lack basic strategy skills but excel at their own PR
    Recruiting is a protracted process that doesn't need to be
    Hiring Managers take mediocre results and lack ability to sniff good recruiting talent from folks that talk a good game
    Recruiters cow tow to a team of paper pushers that review Packets to the detriment of great candidates and candidate experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    40k employees, time to reinvent your recruiting process as Google competes for "startup" talent
    The lens by which recruiters are measured should used for lead recruiters and managers as well
    You can't expect mediocre recruiting leaders, esp in Nikesh's org to hire top talent
    Recruiting leaders protecting their turf, not innovating and siphon work they should be doing to jr staff
    It's embarrassing that Google allows such weak leadership in recruiting, but rarely anywhere else in the organization.

    Yes, I was a Recruiter that wasn't treated well but it's clear that I'm not in the minority. I hope Glassdoor is a good vehicle for change in The Global Business Organization's recruiting leadership. It's rather disheartening that it hasn't been addressed and the Director of that team is opposed to hearing potential issues on his team.

    Heard of candidate experience?
    Time to fix it and this time with force. it's beyond broken.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Strategist in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Account Strategist in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic Work Culture and Reasonable work life balance, not to mention heavenly perks.

    Cons

    Not too many really to Say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the same!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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