I have an interview next week for Google but I have not prepared at all because I am not motivated at all for the interview. Pretty happy at Netflix, but you know, google is always an admired company if you are a software engineer, so just said ok for the interview when contacted by an recruiter.
Googlers, can you share your opinion?
Or, If there is any Googler moved from Netflix here in blind, can you share your experience? Was it a good move for you?
Promotions are a nightmare. The total comp is generally not as high as those being posted on Blind.
More importantly, Google is HUGE and majority of the work people do is really shitty.. boring..work. You learn very little (most of my knowledge about Google's infrastructure internal details are from the externally pulished papers. There is hardly any documentation internally.
If you are one of those highly exceptional people who will learn things quickly, come up with great ideas, execute well.. you will do well at Google..but then you can do well anywhere!; your skills are better spent elsewhere in a smaller company.
Anyway.. bottom line..don't join Google. Don't even interview. Just cancel the interviews and chill.
Cosidering that you aren't well prepared, (by your own admission), it is possible that you may not make it through. This WILL leave a scar ..no matter how much you think you are ready to take a rejection :)..it will then fuck u up internally and affect your work (at least for a few days) and then you will want interview again at Google to prove a point (to yourself) that you can clear the interviews.
It never ends well..trust me..stay put!