Other popular gripes – too much bureaucracy, poor management, poor mentoring, and a hiring process that took months.A few of the posts are more positive, and frankly there isn’t a whole lot here that you don’t see in other big companies.
In 2008 Google HR set up a private Google Group to ask former employees why they left the company.
We’ve been forwarded what appears to be authentic posts to the thread by a number of ex-Googlers, which we reprint below minus identifying information other than their first names.
The thread shows a brutal honesty about what it’s like to work at Google, at least from the point of view of employees who were unhappy enough to resign.
Top amongst the complaints is low pay relative to what they could earn elsewhere, and disappearing fringe benefits seemed to elevate the concern.
So he abandoned the promise and fell back on his tired, familiar standby (“People don’t work at Google for the money. Even if it’s ten thousand, that’s still well under 1%. (Although, to Google’s credit, they opened up a new cafe that solved many of my food-related issues . Unlike the previous posters, I was happy with my salary and (for some reason I can’t articulate) I kept my own private medical insurance… As soon as I got inside, I had the feeling of being swallowed by a giant borg :) Really, I felt like I didn’t exist, watching people buzzing around with laptops.
They work at Google because they want to change the world! A statement that always seemed to me a little Louis XIV coming from a billionaire. I ran into a similar irritation while at Google, actually – during that time when the minikitchens were being stripped heavily. Reduce profit by 2% to make your employees much happier . Also I was surprised that Google seemed to be proud that they didn’t communicate from one interviewer to the next: at Microsoft it was a good opportunity to find more appropriate interviewers, etc. Oh well, I thought my interview and hiring process was an anomaly. I did however meet with Larry and Sergey during a product review meeting, and have only good things to say about these 2 guys.
I still can’t recall all the moralizing postures without a shudder of disgust. I heard that one of the reasons was cost – I remember figures mentioned like “thousands of dollars per day” – and it just didn’t jive well with me. Google’s net income for 2006, when I left, was 3 billion. From: Laurent Date: Thu, -0700 (PDT) Local: Thurs, May 29 2008 am Subject: Re: So… Regarding compensation, I did have to negotiate quite a bit to get on par with what I earned before.
One person sums it all up nicely: Those of us who failed to thrive at Google are faced with some pretty serious questions about ourselves. And let me say this: if Larry Page is still reviewing resumes, shareholders should organize a rebellion. Microsoft was self-insured, so there were no co-pays.) In one TGIF in Kirkland, an employee informed Eric Schmidt that Microsoft’s benefits package was richer.
Just seeing that other people ran into the same issues is a huge relief. That is a scandalous waste of time for someone at that level, and the fact that it’s “quirky” is no mitigation. He announced himself genuinely surprised, which genuinely surprised me. Sounds familiar (I was at Kirkland too.) Google took longer than any company I ever worked for to get thru the hiring process (approx 5 months from resume to job start.) The interview process was very mixed: They had me slated as a Windows Developer for some reason, tho everyone on my interview loop wondered why.