How easy is it to move into different types of roles at Google?

Sep 7, 2017 19 Comments

I'm thinking about applying to a role that is up my alley, but not completely what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to get into Google, but am wondering how open they are to moving into completely different roles within the company after a few years. Think a graphic design role into a partnerships manager role. Does Google have an internal job board or shadowing program for employees to try different things? Salesforce is completely open and encouraging in this regard. Wondering if it's the same.


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TOP 19 Comments
  • Intel emm
    My advice will be to get into Google first and then consider your options. It's like considering what to do with the money if you won the lottery.
    Sep 7, 2017 14
    • Eigen / Eng

      Eigen Eng

      @Salesforce , I think unless you are the top performers of the generation in your field, the level of difficulty in interviews in your domain should be challenging enough to make it very unpredictable.

      Of course if you are like Michael of VSauce, then you will get a free meal.
      Sep 7, 2017
    • Two Sigma / Eng

      Two Sigma Eng

      @Eigen Why is someone claiming they have received an offer from Google an "absurdity"? Google is no more difficult to get in than FB, Uber, Snap, airbnb, and many many others. Sure it requires luck even when you are well prepared, but this is common for all companies. For a candidate with strong coding and problem solving skills, if they interview at Google ten times they will get an offer at least five times.

      Pinterest is making the point that you should know something about the company before you interview with them, which is very fair.
      Sep 7, 2017
  • Google SORM63
    I'm on the Sales side, not Eng, but here's my experience. Mobility across projects and roles generally requires a year+ of good reviews in your current role. Most people stay 2-3 years before moving. I've seen some stay 4 or 5.

    You won't be able to get into a role you're not qualified for. You get promoted first, the role second. In addition, you have to be in charge of your career. For example, I'm jockeying for a more product focused role so I volunteered to help with go-to-strategy material development. Making the contacts, building the network, all that jazz.
    Sep 8, 2017 0
  • Google / Product wildwolf
    Yes, there is an internal job board. Depending on your experience, ladder transfers are possible (this is what we call moving to a different kind of role). Depending on the ladder you're trying to transfer to, it can be quite challenging. And yes, there are various programs, but not for every kind of role.
    Sep 7, 2017 0
  • Intuit algae
    What's best way to apply for Google? Online resume submission for job posting or referral?
    Sep 7, 2017 1
    • Google / Product wildwolf
      Sep 8, 2017


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