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It's OK as a contractor.

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Former Employee - Business Specialist in Portland, OR (US)
Former Employee - Business Specialist in Portland, OR (US)

I worked at Google as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

Smart people, enthusiasm, lots of free Google stuff (bags, jackets, shirts, etc.). Cool technology - new phones, tablets and computers to use and test on the job. It's exciting to work on things that you know people use and love.

Cons

You kind of have to drink the kool-aid. So enthusiasm over new acquisitions can be over the top. You've got use and LOVE (or pretend to) new projects like Wave, Google+, Google Local, etc. As a contractor, you're definitely on the bottom of the heap.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be more transparent about the length and scope of our projects. My position was supposed to be 3 months, but lasted about 8 (not complaining about that necessarily) but slowly morphed into sales. When it ended, it was sudden. No warning - just 10 people called into a meeting (our whole team) and told this was the last day so turn in our equipment.

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Positive Outlook
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    This is the best company I have worked for.

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to work.
    Compensations and benefits are very generous.
    Interesting projects to work on.
    Easy to change groups, at least in engineering.
    Easy to relocate to a new office if you find projects related to your interest there.
    Get to work with some really smart people.

    Cons

    Has become a LARGE company but still tries to act as if it were a nimble startup.
    Promotion has become more about networking than anything else.
    Getting harder to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Promotion process is broken and needs fixing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tongzhou, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Tongzhou, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's a good company, very good option for entry level student to learn. The sales team is very flexible, and got a lot of opporunity to work with customer

    Cons

    people work inefficient, since the company is too big, you will find you are very small. And there is some office politics there. make you feel depressed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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