Lucky to be at Google.

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Nov 29, 2018 51 Comments

Before I begin I want to say that this is not an "in your face" post for non-Googlers. This is a humble post form the bottom of my heart. I hope this post inspires some people.

I am so lucky and humble to be working at Google. People are so so nice. Always looking out for you.

When I worked at amazon no one cared if I spent extra effort into doing things. People spoke bad about each other. Managers had favorites.

At google people are really really smart. And they care so much about you. Free food does help a lot. Saves you lots of time. You don't have to wait for anyone to deliver your food. Bonuses are amazing. Your stocks start getting vested after first quarter. You can work on projects as you want.
Managers have regular 1 on 1 and they actually care. You ask anyone any question (even if it's simply on HTTP) there are no judgments. People (did I mention people?) are so amazing to work with.
Free gym onsite. Doctors, nurses, massages, kitchen sync, juice bars, mini kitchens.

It is such an experience.

It is just so humbling. Hiring bar is the same (or going up?) Only thing is people are practicing more nowadays. Over all it is amazing.

Thank you Larry and Sergey.

Who knows how long I'll be here but it is a humbling experience.

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  • Google That's it
    Interesting! I recently joined Google and my experience is exact opposite. My teammates are dicks. My manager barely has a 1:1 a month. I don't even see him. I have no idea about my career path. No one cares about my work. My stock growth is negative.

    I'm thinking to leave and go back to my previous company whose employees were at least respectful to each other.
    Nov 29, 2018 11
    • Google That's it
      How new is it considered a new team? Team is a combination of a couple of old teams so I think less than or about 2 years in current form.

      Manager isn't new hire.

      I'm SWE

      Recruiter doesn't care anymore after being hired and so many months passed.

      I'm also thinking about changing team. We'll see.
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Google That's it
      One thing I noticed is that since I made a mistake of getting a PhD, I see a lot of young people (like 10 years younger) in our team who were here for 5 or 6 years and are too arrogant about the part of elephant they touched so can't be bothered to help new people especially someone like me who is on paper more senior but less informed about Google and team's work. So I had to bite my lips, hold my nose, and take their douchey behavior at the beginning to find my footing but I can't take it anymore.
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Google engg1
      @that's it- I have similar, though not as bad experience. I'm 2 months in, still trying to ramp up on Google infra and team's codebase, but my manager wants me to churn out CLs every couple of days.

      And 50% teammates are from 1 country, publicly talk in a non English language and seem to prefer each other during discussions.
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Google That's it
      I wished he'd ask me for CLs. He's just not there. I had to go to other people to find some project to work on.
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Qualcomm VRnw43
      Which ones Chinese, Indians who talk not in English?
      Nov 29, 2018
  • Tumblr Olajuwo
    “Hiring bar is going up.” Lol
    Nov 29, 2018 2
    • Northrop Grumman iCallBS
      Yeah more like they let in anyone who can Leetcode through an interview
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Amazon thealpha
      Why not? Been while at Amazon. Just started realizing that bar/difficulty level is much higher now comparing to when I got into Amazon.
      Nov 29, 2018
  • Google zipple
    Posts like this remind me how different two Googler's experiences can be. My experience is pretty much contrary to everything OP says.

    Minus the food bit. That part is awesome.
    Nov 29, 2018 6
    • LinkedIn / Eng
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      That's at every company though. There's lots of variance within companies, that's why some people at Amazon need tear resistant desks while others are perfectly happy and don't see that happening in their part of the org.
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Google zipple
      @Doberman, that's what I'm getting at. I find that most people at G assume the experiences of their peers reflect their own.

      I'm just +1ing that such is not the case.
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Apple / Eng iPhoneXMen
      The food is no longer awesome tbh LoL it tastes so bad. Well I guess anything is good when it’s free, which we don’t have lol
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Apple Ni hao
      Food at apple tastes amazing.. quantity is too low .. I’m hungry in 4 hrs
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Apple / Eng iPhoneXMen
      ^ bro just go out and you will probably pay around the same in lunch specials.
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Northrop Grumman iCallBS
    How much did the recruiter pay you to post this
    Nov 29, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
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      What? Seriously ?
      Nov 29, 2018
  • Apple / Eng iPhoneXMen
    Too much kool aid
    Nov 29, 2018 0
  • Google / Eng 巴士阿叔
    Coming from a tier 4 company, I feel you op.

    In my previous company, people use the word resource in place of people. Nobody says someone leaves the company. People only say their team is one resource down.

    I feel welcomed by the team and didn't get demoted in a month.
    Nov 29, 2018 0
  • Oracle bhAz17
    Love your job, not your company.
    Nov 29, 2018 0
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      Can you share what that difference is?
      Nov 29, 2018
    • LinkedIn / Eng
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      If it's anything like here, some of the new grads really don't realize how good they have it.
      Nov 29, 2018
  • Microsoft Tambram
    Am glad it’s working out well for you. Not every one has good things to say/feel about ones company. Be happy for yourself
    Nov 29, 2018 1
    • New / Eng
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      Thank you
      Nov 29, 2018
  • Google hroQ43
    Been at Google a few years and other Faang companies before that. While there are things I wish Google can do better, e.g. stock growth, I truly love the fact that people I work with and work for are just really good humans who look out for each other.
    Nov 29, 2018 0
  • New ktFx33
    Could your spouse visit you for lunch or gym on campus?
    Nov 29, 2018 3
    • Dexcom xXhT11
      Like a conjugal visit?
      Nov 29, 2018
    • New / Eng
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      Yes for lunch. No for gym
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Dexcom xXhT11
      Oh you're answering him, not me. Took me a minute.
      Nov 29, 2018
  • Amazon thealpha
    Really good humans? Is there any interview aspect that filters for that? Or they become good after joining the culture?

    Or is there a correlation between high expertise with good culture? Insight is, the less qualified people at Sr positions might be paranoid and create obstacles for others.
    Nov 30, 2018 2
    • Google / Eng 巴士阿叔
      High expertise has always correlated with good culture in my experience.

      High performers perform well. They are usually more rational people, and know how others can do the same.

      "the less qualified people at Sr positions might be paranoid and create obstacles for others"
      That brings back flashbacks.
      Nov 30, 2018
    • New / Eng
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      Yes. They are good humans.
      Nov 30, 2018
  • Google / Other snidely
    Stocks vest after a year. The rest is true!
    Nov 29, 2018 2
    • Not true anymore. They have monthly/quarterly vesting depending on number of stocks.
      Nov 29, 2018
    • New / Eng
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      Nope mine vested in a quarter in July
      Nov 29, 2018
  • Dexcom xXhT11
    It's good to see gratitude and an appreciation for where we are in the arc of history.
    Nov 30, 2018 0
  • Qualcomm VRnw43
    I'm curious what swag you get?
    Nov 29, 2018 2
    • New / Eng
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      Anything you can think ( of course with in reason)
      Nov 29, 2018
    • Qualcomm VRnw43
      Some good examples please
      Nov 29, 2018
  • Dexcom xXhT11
    OP is imaginary
    Nov 29, 2018 0
  • DigitalOcean HomeAlone
    Googlers should donate burnol to non-googlers
    Nov 29, 2018 0
  • Apple Kim cook
    This guy is trolling so bad it’s not even funny.
    Nov 29, 2018 0
  • eBay TC sucks
    OP which team/org?
    Nov 29, 2018 0
  • New / Eng LosYork
    I also love google over bing or yahoo
    Nov 29, 2018 0