Does anyone actually have any shit done in Google?

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aye daisy

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Apr 6 29 Comments

Google lately seems like a big non-profit to me. People are going on strikes, writing petitions and reviewing every goddamn social issue.
It’s kinda noble, but Google is slowly losing the market. Web search ads are slowly (yet) going down the hill with mobile growth, Amazon is quietly taking over advertisers as people search products on Amazon instead of Google a lot now, and the fundamental problem of searching through apps is not resolved.

Am I wrong?

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  • Facebook wrxXv73V8k
    Remember how large Google is. 500 loud people who sign a petition will make the news but it’s less than 1% of the company.

    Further, assume it’s mostly the same 500 people who are doing all of this headline-making stuff that isn’t work.

    You have a fair point about a culture that tolerates those people at all but it’s unlikely to be the epidemic the press makes it out to be.
    Apr 6 6
    • Wells Fargo hsLy13
      @meowwwoem True.....And it’s also kind of saying everyone works at Wells Fargo opens fake accounts :)
      Apr 6
    • Societe Generale
      okay12

      Societe Generale

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      okay12more
      ^This. Lol
      Apr 6
    • eBay / Eng meowwwoem
      You do don’t you?
      Apr 6
    • Kaspersky Lab / Other
      aye daisy

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      Where are people from Uber? Are they all busy in strip clubs?
      Apr 10
    • Google / Eng
      IFMr24

      Google Eng

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      IFMr24more
      I've had former Uber people apply to Google and Google recruiter ask for my feedback. I'm like slapped him out of the interview process with a strong no.
      May 7
  • Hubspot fK4C02
    Feel the same. I declined a google offer because I don’t have time for all that. I want to get things done.
    Apr 6 3
    • Dell / Data soonFB
      Subtle
      Apr 6
    • Hubspot fK4C02
      Aim to please
      Apr 6
    • Amazon xyz11234
      Great response to "why do you want to join xyz instead of google"
      Apr 6
  • Google hTED02
    Majority of groups are content and very happy at google. Work has purpose. Culture is exceptionally good and pedigree of professionals we get to work and learn from is one of the best . It’s may seem to outside world it’s a Non profit but on contrary we have 6 months evaluations and they are rigorous ones. Said that are there bad pockets ? Yes but number is small . We here at google are given lot of support to voice our concerns and I am glad leadership is there to support us openly and not be authoritative to shut us up
    Apr 6 4
    • Barclays PLC FAANGHNTER
      Hello Sundar Sir , refer me please to Google .
      Apr 6
    • Amazon NeverLookB
      Thank you Sundar, thanks for paying industry salary to your post doc geeks
      Apr 6
    • Google hTED02
      I doubt sundar has time to check blind . He my have folks do for him . Just a new bee at google here. Locked self for 2 weeks and prepared . That’s how every one gets in . Good work ethics at current company and then prep for google to show case achievements at depth. One can’t fake it and get in .
      Apr 6
    • Barclays PLC FAANGHNTER
      Thank you Sundar Sir . We will do the same. Wish us luck. I will need 2 months locking process because me not as smart as you Sundar Sir.
      Apr 6
  • Cloudera Jim Cranky
    It does take a toll on the company I believe. 500 loud people captures at least 5000's people attention within the company. A lot of PR money needs to be spent for the incidents. Some top talent who are more work focused might raise eyebrow, which makes keeping its talent pool top notch harder.
    Apr 6 5
    • Tableau krxi15
      Trust me, no matter what they do. Almost 80% of the software engineers in the world will take a Google offer any given day.
      Apr 6
    • Google SergeyBlin
      Not if G starts losing money which is a possibility given the heavy bet on cloud which is not likely to pay off (in part due to lack of focus on the important things and too much attention wasted on things like this).
      Apr 6
    • Microsoft und3rpaid
      I declined a Google offer and am joining another FANG instead. Guess that would put me in the minority...
      Apr 6
    • Kaspersky Lab / Other
      aye daisy

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      Tableau, I actually saw the statistics that the average life span of an engineer in Google is 2 years.
      Apr 10
    • Google SergeyBlin
      Google was hiring like there is no tomorrow in the last few years. Half the people are new hires so average tenure is low.
      Apr 10
  • Pandora / Eng joystick
    You are looking at it wrong. If google solves voice search/interaction really well and has self driving transportation, that will open a whole other world for advertisement. Seems to me they are investing enough into both.

    As for in-app monetization, if you exclude big publishers that develop their own ad platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Amazon), what’s left is almost exclusively monetized through google, and on Android specifically, there’s even more opportunity for high value inventory that will only grow in the future.

    You are probably on the wrong team where there is no culture of aligning engineering vision with company goals in a way that promotes bottom up innovation. That’s why you see SJW, strikes, etc, instead of innovation in your team. Switch teams now, your team is bored and it’s not good for your career even if you have Google on the resume.
    Apr 6 1
    • Kaspersky Lab / Other
      aye daisy

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      I’m not with Google at all, not that I wasn’t invited by my former colleagues working for Google security team. I’m judging more based on news and media.
      Apr 10
  • New naduruk
    One thing I noticed. A lot of people I follow left G and joined MSFT.
    Apr 6 2
  • Barclays PLC FAANGHNTER
    Why did this happen?
    Apr 6 0
  • Google / Eng
    IFMr24

    Google Eng

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    IFMr24more
    I joined Google and immediately took one and a half year off for disability. It's great. Stress free and barely need to get anything done. Unbeatable wlb in the valley.

    I show up at work at 11 am, go to dance Plex every day at 4pm for free dance classes and head home after that.

    If you don't have good health, Google is the right place for you. A nonprofit for sure.

    L3 TC 280k.
    May 7 0