Does google have poor performers?

Nov 26, 2019 23 Comments

Do low performers exist at google? im talking about dead weight employees that for whatever reason produce extremely low work output. These employees span all intelligence levels. I have personally encountered many coworkers that fit into the category of “really smart, but cant get anything done.” sometimes these employees have impressive credentials with ivy league degrees but have difficulties with motivation, work management, and skill atrophy. They were smart enough to get into MIT but produce utter garbage and they produce it slowly like raw sewage seeping out of a pin hole leak.

id estimate that for all companies/teams ive been at per 10 engineers you’re bound to get at least 1 dead weight and probably another pretty trashy person on top of that. At companies with a higher bar you just get higher IQ deadweights but the high IQ deadweights arent any better than the normal IQ deadweights.

does a company as prestigious as Google have deadweights too?

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  • Microsoft / Sales
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    Yes they exist they are trying to unionize now
    Nov 26, 2019 4
    • Google / Ops Huhf13
      10:1 against
      Nov 27, 2019
    • Microsoft / Sales
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      And as always the minority, is loud AF
      Nov 27, 2019
  • Walmart XQLb37
    I know I am going to invite ridicule with my post, but still expressing what I feel. Our gifts in life (being academic gifted, athletic built) are from god. If we are destined to have a comfortable life, he gifts us with these things; like the smarts to crack an Ivy League, or an athletic built.

    There must be people everywhere who are placed in a certain area where millions can’t even imagine - and their output is not great. And yet they continue to be there.
    Nov 26, 2019 5
    • Walmart XQLb37
      @Facebook - kpty86: The day I can explain it, you be ready to part with your millions 😁, my friend
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Microsoft stoixeia
      That might be the single stupidest thing I’ve ever read.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Cisco NnMk28
    Obviously YES
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Cisco dVOQ12
    @hpBF22 - just reading your post, is your question more about whether Google is good at identifying and removing low performers or whether their hiring process good enough to reduce the chance of hiring a low performer? As others mentioned I am sure like many places you will always see a spread of different levels of performance.
    Nov 26, 2019 2
    • Akamai Technologies hpBF22
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      The question is whether their process filters out low performers and also if their bottom tier employees are any better then at regular companies?
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Microsoft redflagged
      There is no secret sauce in the Google interview process. Or Amazon’s or Facebook’s or Microsoft’s. Same old stuff. The interview processes are different in details but not magic. They screen out some really strong candidates and let some real weak people in, because it’s the job interview not the actual job. People can be good at one and not the other, and interviewers can be good and bad.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Google / Eng zaibatsu
    The employee performance should follow Normal distribution, like everywhere else.
    Nov 26, 2019 3
    • LinkedIn kebab2
      Probably really smart but just need the right motivation but they are probably completing tasks at a snails pace.
      Nov 26, 2019
    • Google / Eng zaibatsu
      It’s not really possible to answer without testing employees across several companies with some standardised metric. I’d suspect the mean of the distribution to be slightly to the right and maybe a different Kurtosis, but at least in my team people seem to be in the same ballpark as my previous colleagues at less glamorous companies.
      Nov 26, 2019
  • Google klinmg
    This is such a silly thread. Of course there are low performers at Google
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Facebook TioAzul
    Yes, and they are bad at firing. Motivated people move on. Over time G gets slower and slower because of it.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • Microsoft Amorapea
    I have seen these folks everywhere I have ever worked. Some of them are really good at politics to cover up the fact that they are dead weight. I am willing to bet even Google has them. The higher you go in the ranks, the less value they seem to offer.
    Nov 26, 2019 0
  • OpenTable Meliodas
    Sure, they have a monopoly and can afford to hire employees in bulk without even knowing what they will do. That model lends itself to picking up a few bad apples.
    Nov 26, 2019 0

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