most people at Google don’t get to work on interesting stuff ?

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Apr 29 22 Comments

I have been seeing many posts on blind that say that most people at Google don’t get to work on interesting stuff, most the work is boring/maintenance kind of work.

I received a few offers including Google, the above is concerning me .

Fellow Googlers is that true ?

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  • I work on the so-called interesting stuff - tumor detection through AI. Don't fall for the good-work trap. It all gets boring after some time, just evaluate based on money, growth, and culture.
    Apr 29 0
  • Honeywell / Eng that1guy
    “Most people at google do NOT get to work on interesting stuff”
    No.
    No they don’t? Or no they don’t not to get to work on interesting stuff.
    Apr 29 2
    • Lyft wXfl07
      Most people work on really tedious, boring stuff. Like making the 99.9% available service 99.95%, by adding hot spares and failover and staged rollouts and monkey tests or load benchmarking or better load balancing. You thought you went to google to change the world? No, you went there to add another 9 to the reliability of google. Now shut up and cash your paycheck ...
      Apr 29
    • Verizon Media
      plkjgg

      Verizon Media

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      plkjggmore
      ROFL
      Apr 29
  • Amazon broke&dumb
    At least some do, as opposed to none at all in many other companies.
    Apr 29 0
  • Google 6543210
    4 years here, yet to be bored. but obviously you won't be solving huge problems every single day.
    Apr 29 0
  • New / Eng shshzha
    TC or GTFO !!
    Apr 29 7
    • Facebook soft-eng
      OP
      TC: 340k
      Apr 29
    • Evernote zxWfvt
      Yeah let’s call people out for information and then when they give it, call em liars! Fuck yeah!

      EDIT: well he deleted his comment so now I look like an idiot.
      Apr 29
    • Palo Alto Networks KTkC88
      I don't understand. I don't think either of them were being sarcastic, even if it reads that way.
      Apr 29
    • New / Eng shshzha
      OP initially wrote that “he makes peanuts 🥜 “ my reply was in response to that :)
      He edited his comment now to mention his TC
      Apr 29
    • Oracle pzd
      340k isn't 🥜
      Apr 29
    • Motorola / Eng RQKb80
      Unless it's in Facebook stock
      Apr 29
    • Oracle pzd
      Why Facebook stocks don't sell?
      Apr 29
  • Lyft wXfl07
    With 1.5m job applicants per year, and with the ability to literally hire someone 5s after you leave your job, management feels absolutely no need to give employees interesting and challenging work. Most people are doing work 2 levels below their pay grade. And as a whole, Google tends to do a shitty job of documenting everything, so getting the info needed to do your work is 2 pay grades higher than the work you are doing. So, boring work, but unbelievably difficult to get the information needed to do it - that's google.
    Apr 29 1
    • Google 6543210
      meh, you're painting it with very broad brush.

      "the management feels no need to give employees interesting and challenging work", what? bs.

      all the applicants are not qualified, a new person doesn't come up to speed instantly, etc. churn is important and paid attention to. documentation is a perpetual problem with software, engineers neglect it in pursuit of shiny things to work on.
      Apr 29
  • Metromile / Eng FoHm60
    I mean G has like 10k engineers, of course many or even most spend some percentage of time maintaining/enhancing the existing systems. The codebase continues to grow and so does the need to maintain (hopefully linearly). That’s just common sense, no?
    Apr 29 2
    • Lyft wXfl07
      Google has 40k engineers.
      Apr 29
    • Verizon Media
      plkjgg

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      plkjggmore
      Metromile guy living in 2005.
      Apr 29
  • Uber knight
    Very curious how much percentage of engs in this industry is doing really interesting work...
    Apr 29 0
  • Google Awlj82
    In the Bay < 1 mil is peanuts
    Apr 29 0
  • New / Eng going2g
    OP what has your experience been at Facebook? Maybe Googlers can then tell you how Google might be similar or different.
    Apr 29 0