Google employees confess all the worst things about working at Google
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A job at Google. It's career heaven, right? How could a gig at the biggest, most ambitious tech company on the planet possibly be bad?
Well, take a look at this Quora thread, which is being used by current and former Google employees to dish the dirt on working for the search giant.
Turns out that working at Google isn't all free food and bike rides around campus
Take their complaints with a grain of salt. These are the complainers, after all. But we've heard many of these same things from our own sources ...
They can hire the very best people — so *everyone* is overqualified.
There are too few "bozos."
Google staff are so outstanding that there's an internal joke about it.
The company only cares about measurable improvements.
You won't get time off.
It's hard to be honest with your colleagues.
Projects get can cancelled arbitrarily all the time.
There are managers who have been over-promoted.
There's not enough employee diversity.
Working at Google may not prepare you for future jobs.
Google will overpromise during the hiring process
Only techies can feel like they're making a difference.
Your office space can be too small.
Google is so big you can't have any impact on it.
Middle management is mediocre.
Get things in writing.
Googlers can get caught up in trivia.
The culture is immature.
You can't work remotely.
Staff are rewarded for dreaming up new things even when new things aren't needed.
It's a big company and things move slower than at a small startup.
Being under-utilised can be a nightmare.