Google Career Development FAQ

Read what Google employees think about career development at the company. Employees have questions about everything from promotions and mentoring to job security.

Google has a career opportunities rating of 4.3.

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October 22, 2020

How are the career development opportunities at Google?

Pros

Great culture, great benefits, opportunity to grow in your career

Cons

Sometimes, work can take over your life, but then it's Google so who cares?

Great culture, great benefits, opportunity to grow in your career

October 22, 2020

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October 22, 2020

What kind of career opportunities exist at Google?

Pros

Great culture, great benefits, opportunity to grow in your career

Cons

Sometimes, work can take over your life, but then it's Google so who cares?

Great culture, great benefits, opportunity to grow in your career

October 22, 2020

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March 29, 2021

Does Google have any sort of mentoring programme?

Pros

Google treats its engineers very, very well. Most tech companies treat engineers as first-class citizens, however, with the resources Google has accumulated, both human and capital, the learning opportunities and mentorship you get is probably unrivaled to any other company I've worked at. Culture is great, less startupy than it used to be since it's so big now; culture is also heavily dependent on your team, but I never heard about a really negative experience in a team due to culture.

Cons

The opportunity to do really meaningful work in the grander scheme of things has gone down as the company has scaled. You really are a cog in the wheel and might get assigned tasks that you don't really resonate with; not to say these aren't good learning opportunities if you're into software engineering. So essentially if your goal is to work at Google for the sole purpose of pushing code to billions of people everyday, good luck.

class citizens, however, with the resources Google has accumulated, both human and capital, the learning opportunities and mentorship you get is probably unrivaled to any other company I've worked at.

March 29, 2021

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April 7, 2020

Why do Google employees quit?

Pros

The people are very nice and smart. the dress is casual. the cubicles are quiet. The food is good. A fun place to work. The security staff is nice, and some will become good friends.

Cons

The datacenter never has enough tools. You feel completely alone and it seems that you shouldn't ask questions once you're let loose post-trainig. I broke down crying a few times on the datacenter floor because I couldn't find any answers or documentation from their intranet or from other employees. They want a phd level of intelligence to work for 20$/hr. Atlanta is the neglected "redheaded stepchild" data center. Can be somewhat political, but if you don't get involved with or discuss politics anywhere on memegen or on the internal mailing lists or if you're smart enough to be engage in a neutral manner or pretend to side with the "correct" politics rather than your own political beliefs, you'll be alright. I sweat a lot, and no one told me that I could bring spill-proof tumblers or clear drink containers on the DC floor! The training was excellent. But safety protocols conflict with the speed that repairs MUST be accomplished. Eg: you must take shortcuts, like not wear globes when doing battery swaps, even if it's not safe. I was probably fired for not wearing gloves during the week that safety inspectors were onsite, however I was never told that they even have gloves or where they were! If you show people unsafe shortcuts, at least show them the correct way as well!

Advice to Management

You can't hold everyone's hand, and definitely I should have spoken up more, even to the point of just asking any random person who I do not know. As a contractor, it was hard to discern my performance before being let go. I was let go for having low numbers, but my numbers (actions plus resolutions divided by time spent on the datacenter floor) were low because I was on the datacenter floor for more hours than anyone else, because I was trying to learn as much as I could!

I broke down crying a few times on the datacenter floor because I couldn't find any answers or documentation from their intranet or from other employees.

April 7, 2020

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July 4, 2021

How are promotions handled at Google?

Pros

Fantastic exposure to new technologies and processes, continually improving how you do your job to make it easier and quicker, learning new skills, working with other departments,

Cons

Work/life balance not great, no flexibility in hours, part time or reduced hours not an option, difficult if you have to juggle childcare collections, working from home wasn't an option, opportunities for promotion limited as many managers stay in roles long term.

Advice to Management

Give more opportunity to advance in career. Consider part time or job shares for employees who are parents-that way you keep good staff who are happy and productive when in work.

Work/life balance not great, no flexibility in hours, part time or reduced hours not an option, difficult if you have to juggle childcare collections, working from home wasn't an option, opportunities for promotion limited as many managers stay in roles long term.

July 4, 2021

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