Work in Google many people think career Paradise.
How can a position in one of the largest and most ambitious technology companies in the world to be bad? Tred on the website of questions and answers Quora, where current and former employees of the Corporation talk about their experience, says that is not so clear. Working in Google is not only free food and Cycling on campus.
Of course, these complaints should be treated with some skepticism, but do not forget that the work for a very large company has its unpleasant nuances, no matter how cool and modern the company.
“They give you everything you can only dream of, but it’s worth it, that ultimately matters”
Joe Cannella, a former senior Manager on work with clients: “In the end, you spend most of the time, eating food Google with colleagues at Google, wearing Google clothes, talking in the jargon of Google, sending email with Google phones of Google, and you start to forget what it’s like to live independently from the big G. And your whole life trying to prove to you that you need to go crazy to want to be somewhere else. Most will say: “Oh, poor spoiled gurgler”. But there is a truth. They give you everything you can only dream of, but it’s worth it, that ultimately matters.”
It’s hard to be sincere with colleagues
Vlad Partyshev, a former software engineer: “it’s really difficult to discuss any subject, if you’re not talking with your friend… Substantive discussions are rare, since all defending their territory and are not interested in the opinions of other people unless those people are not big shot.”
Nobody believes if to say that there is not great
Katie Levinson, a former engineer in the Department of infrastructure: “People are waiting for excuses, asking why you quit, and if you still work there, insist that everything is perfect. They don’t want to hear nothing except your sheer joy at the fact that you got in Google, and your great desire to work there. If you quit or not just talking about ponies and rainbows, everything from my mother to the taxi driver really require explanation, why aren’t you all excited about working at Google”.
They can hire the best employees, so allegedly all too qualified
Anonymous employee: “There are students from top ten colleges that are engaged in technical support of advertising products of Google, or manually remove flagged content from YouTube, or writing a primitive binary code for testing the color of a button on the site.”
Middle management is frighteningly politicized
Anonymous employee: “the Most obvious areas in which this politicization is manifested, is the performance management and hiring. The number of fraud and manipulation that a Manager needs to take to manage your team within the system as it was (I know that lately things have changed), discourages. To promote someone through the ranks, you need to begin to make the case about a year, and over time period this means that you can’t really trust other people in their team”.
Meet and stupid
Former engineer: “There are a lot of talented people, although the presence of talent does not guarantee getting into good projects, because in front of you in the queue has thousands of smart and efficient enough loaded people. But plenty of idiots, so you need to prove you’re not one of them.”
You can work there for eight years and not receive a single increase
Anonymous employee: “You can stay unnoticed and unclaimed. I know people who have been programmers for more than eight years and still have a fourth category — so they never promoted”.
Google is so big that you can hire by mistake
Anonymous employee: “I was approached by Google with an offer to take a management position. At the same time, when I was hired, hired another person with the same name. At some point in the HR Department something really messed up, and when I started working, I took a very different, very low post instead of the one that came the other candidate with the same name as me. The contract of employment was very uncertain, and the appropriate person from the personnel Department has long moved on to another company, so nobody could clarify the terms of the contract. To top it all, Google paid for the transportation of my household property through the whole world to me home for no good reason except “it can not be the calculation error, error, error”.
The company only cares about the improvements that can be measured
Katie Levinson: “Any improvement not based on hard measurements, was considered openly disrespectful waste of time. Convenience of use? The number of bugs? It doesn’t matter. If you can’t measure, nobody’s interested”.
Many startups give Google a head start because they break the law
Sean Gerrish, a former software engineer: “Google should act carefully to avoid litigation. In General, Google does not, for example, to infringe copyright without immediate and significant consequences. This is compounded by the fact that the laws of the States vary to the detriment of Google. On the contrary, many startups can beat Google, not because their performance is better (although some do better in performance), but because often they can go very far, avoiding laws or civil regulations before they get caught.”
The projects continue to be cancelled in an arbitrary order
Anonymous employee: “The biggest disadvantage at the moment, in my opinion, is an arbitrary cancellation of projects. What’s worse, the people that worked in the cancelled projects, when applying for a transfer to another position denied due to the fact that they have made insufficient contribution to the work of the company.”
The cost of living in the Bay area fabulous
Adrian Carballo, a former software engineer: “the Cost of living in the Bay area are crazy, and if you work off campus in mountain view, you’re nothing special to do except to work or hanging out with colleagues. Sucks. Have you all the time have access to free food and a range of cafes, gyms, laundromats, etc., but eventually, when you begin to use these benefits (because it’s too comfortable), you spend more and more time on vacation. You begin to choose the same thing day after day. You communicate more with the people we work with. In the end, I decided that the time had come for greater freedom… even if I have to pay for it. And Yes. I will be leaving very soon from the Bay area”.
There is a layer of smart people who are terrible managers and leaders
The former head of the technical programme: “People are appointed to management positions not because they really know how to be a leader or manage, but because they are smart or because they then have nowhere to grow. Therefore, there is a layer of smart people who are terrible managers and leaders.”
“I met a hundred triathletes in three years working at Google. Only a few of them were interesting people”
Anonymous employee: “They hire the same person again and again. The same biography, the same ten schools, same worldview, the same interests. It is no exaggeration to say that I met a hundred triathletes in three years working at Google. Only a few of them were interesting people.”
Worst Google feel to be inefficiently employed
John L. Miller, a former software engineer: “the Worst thing to Google for me, as for many others, was feeling inefficiently employed. Being a man with 25 years of experience in programming, management and architecture, I have done nothing that could make faster and qualitatively good College graduate with about two years experience. It’s a depressing situation”.
Everything must be confirmed in writing
“If you are in the recruitment process at Google, negotiate hard, be demanding and make sure that everything is confirmed in writing. Google gives a lot of generous promises, and it seems that they were not performing”.
Don’t believe the hype
Jeff Nelson invented Google Chrome: “a Lot of what you hear about Google — just nonsense. Often this nonsense is posted by Google employees because it helps to improve the reputation of the company. When someone invents a really good stuff, he may even earn the respect of other engineers Google. Considered cool to talk about Google as a great employer, even if the story itself is mostly fiction”.
Not work in the main office is career suicide
Anonymous employee: “it is Obvious that you can always choose to work in remote offices, but in the long run it’s career suicide”.
Your workplace can be very small
Anne K. Halsall, food designer: “If you have to work in one of the four main campus buildings, most likely, you will be very constrained. A fairly common situation — when 3-4 employee sitting in a booth or when multiple managers occupy one room. With all the open areas for food, games, TV, conversations about technology are pretty hard to find a quiet, secluded place to think.”
Google is so big that it can not in any way affect
“I worked at Google for three years. It was very hard to leave, but there was one important factor that helped me make the decision — the impact on business, which I could have as a person, was minimal. As noted in many reviews here, Google is a huge machine that churns out bills at the expense of AdWords. Unless you are an incredibly talented engineer, who manages to create something new, then you are just a guy or a girl with a can of engine oil, lubricating the gears of this machine.”
Middle management is mediocre
“I would like to mention ruthless mediocre thinking of middle managers who are fully focused on the numbers and not pay any attention to all other factors. They don’t want to rock the boat, they don’t know how to inspire his subordinates and too rely on the brand and reputation of Google to do this.”
Corporate culture is infantile
“It’s like the island Detotal — people never grow up. They drink at any time socializers, play games and do very little work.”
You cannot work remotely
Dimitar Banchev, freelancer: “I was most was able to work remotely, what I was successfully doing for the last 5-6 years.”
Employees rewarded for inventing innovations, even when these innovations don’t need
Nathan Yospe, a former engineer “the Engineers that Google hires, correspond to the cliché of the scholar with systems thinking. They are good in working with algorithms, database concepts, transaction processing, scaling, etc. They mostly have no experience in the field of individual products. Tends to reward engineers that can solve intricate technical problems, and to leave behind those who get pleasure from more complex product development process, from product development from version 1 to really cool version 3, polishing sharp corners and adding functionality based on user feedback, and supporting the product and fixing bugs”.
Bad managers can make a career here
Nathan Yospe: “I worked in one of the biggest campus outside of mountain view, and the only intellectual entertainment that was available to me was the interview process. Not that I met many brilliant professionals — most I’ve met are frankly mediocre people who lived with the conviction of its uniqueness, and seen enough of the political pandering. I worked under the guidance of a group leader that never touched the code for over two years and as a programmer was incompetent, and the technical Director who is versed in UX, but no more.”
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