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Waymo Overview

Mountain View, CA (US)
Unknown
2009
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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Waymo is a self-driving technology company creating a new way forward in mobility.

With over twenty million miles already driven—and the ability to continuously learn from every mile—our technology never stops ... Read more

Mission: Waymo’s mission is to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. With the Waymo Driver, we can improve the world’s mobility while saving thousands of lives.

Waymo Reviews

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    "I wouldn't recommend it to most people"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Waymo full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Really cool projects. I mean, who doesn't want to see how the self-driving car is made?
    * Earn Waymo equity, which may be worth a ton some day (but who knows for sure?)
    * Work with really smart, talented people (for the most part).
    * Inspiring: feels like you're working on a really important world-changing problem.
    * Subsidiary of Alphabet means you're taken really good care of. Have access to most Google perks.
    * The HR team is best in class.

    Cons

    * This is *NOT* Google. If you come to Waymo thinking it will be just like Google, it's not. The culture is very different, and the managers are generally very narcissistic, self-interested and unsupportive of their people (except for the sycophants, who are rapidly taking over the company). Must play politics to succeed, and go along with group-think.
    * Each team is different and has their own culture and pros and cons. One team may be easy to submit code but suffers from tremendous technical debt, while another team is near impossible to submit code and progress moves at a snail's pace. It's possible that you may be well suited for one team's culture and find yourself like a fish out of water on another. There's no way to know before you get there. Transferring internally is a thing, but some managers may try to block you if they don't like you (see: politics).
    * The people managers are almost universally terrible. Waymo does not hire good people managers, they hire star individual contributors who turn into awful managers that repel talent.
    * Senior leadership seems dysfunctional and delusional. Some goals they set are obviously unrealistic and going in the wrong direction, but they do it anyways and make excuses when it fails. It's really hard to trust that they're making the right decisions, but you just have to put up and shut up.
    * Dingy, noisy office building, does not feel "nice" like other Google offices. Sufficiently far from Google main campus that many amenities are inconvenient (e.g. decent massages, any other cafes or food trucks).
    * Waymo equity is mostly illiquid, so a big part of compensation feels like Monopoly money. Living in the Bay Area is expensive, so it may be hard to have a good life with just salary+bonus (good luck buying a house while you wait for liquidity).

    Advice to Management

    Need to clean house in middle-upper management layers and bring in good people managers. Many other problems would resolve themselves if the company was being managed better, and the individual contributors valued more.

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Waymo Photos

Waymo photo of: Head of Design YooJung Ahn checks headliner during testing of our first prototype, Firefly.
Waymo photo of: Program Managers Alan Grady and Priscilla Knox conduct systems checks during testing of our first prototype, Firefly.
Waymo photo of: Vehicle Technician Lynn Kang performs maintenance checks on one of the Waymo vehicles in our HQ
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Waymo Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Waymo.

    Interview

    HR phone screen. Recruiter was friendly and courteous, but we spent most of time with me being confused by the repeated and generic question of "how much do you know about Waymo" rephrased in different ways. The recruiter didn't introduce the company much from their side, nor was I clear what the interview looked for. The interview ended with both of us confused with the communication.

    Interview Questions

    • Introduce yourself. Why are you interested in Waymo? How much do you know about Waymo?   Answer Question
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