Is Google better to work for than Netflix / generic Silicon Valley company?

Northrop Grumman / Eng SEC
Dec 16, 2018 21 Comments

I just read Disrupted and Lab Rats by Dan Lyons. Those who have read those books will know what I am talking about. I am considering an offer from Google for more than twice what I make now, but I love my job and my co-workers. Will I hate my life if I take this job.

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  • Autodesk DouP01
    Google is such a big company, you’ll find teams with great teammates and teams with bozos
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Microsoft Big Pun
    Is it true military supplier companies follow government work sched?
    As in 8-4 with 1 hr lunch?
    Dec 16, 2018 6
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng SEC
      OP
      No. I work 4 days a week, 10 hours. I show up when ever I want and leave whenever as long as I get 80 hours every two weeks.
      Dec 16, 2018
    • Lockheed Martin / Eng iEkO37
      They are very particular about charging. For instance if you go to the bathroom for 15 minutes you are not supposed to charge that time to the project. Instead you have to stay 15 minutes extra for the day.
      Dec 16, 2018
    • Uber PiWs35
      Then you will love Google. I don't think I ever had a real 40 hours productive per week there.
      Dec 16, 2018
    • Vertivco / Eng
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      How do they know you were in the bathroom for 15 minites?
      Dec 16, 2018
    • Google lIlIlllIII
      Exact hours are very particular at defense companies. You have charge codes for EVERYTHING. Even if you talk with a colleague about another program for more than 15 minutes, you're supposed to ask for a charge code.

      Also, for most things in defense WFH is not possible. Defense also tends to focus less on what is technically correct and more about meeting contractual requirements.
      Be prepared to do some stupid ass shit just because the PM says so.
      Dec 16, 2018
  • Facebook 한국
    More than twice what you make should be a no brainer. Do it and come back if you don’t want to stay at google
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng ;O 𓂺
    Google is amazing. You'll never look back.
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Lockheed Martin / Eng iEkO37
    First person I've heard of that enjoys working at NG. What do you work on?
    Dec 16, 2018 2
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng SEC
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      Machine Learning
      Dec 18, 2018
    • Lockheed Martin / Eng iEkO37
      Nice
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Roku UXdesign
    I personally like Netflix culture more than Google
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Airbnb jim.hodlen
    I’ve read disrupted but not lab rat. my employer (yet another SV unicorn) is known for having kool-aid on tap, but it’s nothing like HubSpot. people who work for netflix on this forum seem to really like the culture there. as long as you work for experienced managers I guess you’d be fine.
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Google hk9hjk
    I love it here. It's very large. The culture is easy going and you can make it what you will.
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng
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    playing devil's advocate- i moved from a well run 30 person startup to an up and coming product area at Google and miss my old job a lot. Google is huge, and with that comes a LOT of red tape. Godammit I just want to code and ship features but nooo, everything is complicated here. There are 10s of tools that do the same thing and everything is being moved to some new pattern.

    If you are a product focused SWE, Google might not be the place to be.
    Dec 16, 2018 1
    • Northrop Grumman / Eng SEC
      OP
      That sounds miserable
      Dec 18, 2018
  • Google BqJS21
    There's obviously always going to be some things to complain about, but all things considered it's an amazing company to work for and you won't regret it.
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Google DontKnowML
    Not sure how it works at NG, but some companies will take you back if you leave on good terms so you have nothing to lose
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Google lIlIlllIII
    Yes switch to Google., I came from defense. I had to uproot my entire life, leave behind family and move across the entire country.
    I do not regret it.
    Dec 16, 2018 0