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November 4, 2013

Want to work at Google ? Read on…

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A job at Google. It’s career heaven, right ? How could a job at the biggest, most ambitious and successful tech company on the planet possibly be bad ?

 

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Well, have a look at this Quora thread:

I have taken a few select comments into this excerpt.

Everyone is awesome, so they can hire the very best people to do even the most mundane jobs.

“The worst part of working at Google, for many people, is that they’re overqualified for their job. Google has a very high hiring bar due to the strength of the brand name, the pay & perks, and the very positive work culture. As a result, they have their pick of bright candidates, even for the most low-level roles.”

“There are students from top 10 colleges who are providing tech support for Google’s ads products, or manually taking down flagged content from YouTube, or writing basic code to A|B test the color of a button on a site.”

Google staff are so outstanding that there’s an internal joke about it.

“… I used to joke with my colleagues that Larry & Sergey go out on their yachts – tie them together, sit back on the same recliners you’ll find on their jumbo jet, each on his own yacht/set of yachts, smoke cigars, and put up pictures of Googlers with little snippets like “was a GM at muti-national telecom company, got a Harvard MBA and is now answering Orkut tickets.” and then they would erupt in laughter and clink their cigars & Scotch together in celebration. This, of course, is highly unlikely given neither of them would ever smoke a cigar or drink Scotch. Remainder is plausible.”

 

Google is so big you can’t have any impact on it.

“I worked at Google for 3 years and it was very difficult to leave but there was one major factor that helped me make the decision – the impact I could ever have on the business as an individual was minimal. As noted in many answers below, Google is an incredible machine that prints money thanks to AdWords. Unless you are an amazingly talented engineer who gets to create something new, chances are you’re simply a guy/girl with an oil can greasing the cogs of that machine.”

 

Google may understand engineering, but not design.

“There is not enough focus on product and visual design. This has led to many aborted/semi-successful products, like Wave, Google Video, Buzz, Dodgeball, Orkut, Knol, and Friend Connect. There is probably too much focus on pure engineering.”

 

Well all this may make it seem that Google is in a decline. Even in terms of its products, people complain of Google Docs not saving, The interface of Gmail a big step back, Hangouts hanging…

People might consider Google in a serious decline. But in my opinion, I believe that Google has become so dominant in certain domains that it has become complacent. For example, Who competes with Google Maps? Sure, there is Bing Maps, Apple Maps, Nokia’s There. But who actually competes ?

In fields where the competition is high, such as in Android, Chrome the innovation remains alive. Google Glass and the SpaceX projects definitely still remain awesome.

But Google needs to be careful, Microsoft grew dominant and became complacent, IBM grew dominant and became complacent. Sure, they still have turnovers in billions, but they no longer build the future, they no longer dictate.

That is simply not the Google way. This does not mean all is lost. Far from it. I’m just saying, that these are some early warning signs.

Quora thread



About the Author

Tushar Kanakagiri
A Computer Science Engineering student, Tushar has an innate passion for Technology and Physics. He also finds interests in AeroSpace and Debating. Hobbies include Cycling, Reading/Watching Anime, Reading/Discussing Thought Experiments. Can be contacted at: tocontactmemail@gmail.com





 
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