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Those who work/have worked at Google and thought it was their “dream job” when they applied - did it turn out to be? If so, why? If not, how did it end up being different than you expected?

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Compared to a startup, absolutely. We have less work for more pay, but no chance of a huge payout at the end.

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Good:
- pay. In Cloud sales and somewhat locked in for now. 8 years of exp making 400k+.
- culture. They treat us well from top to bottom. It feels like Google cares about you and does right by you which is rare for a big company. When we were in the office full time the parties and events were awesome. Really strong benefits too.
- learning. I work with some of the best sales reps I’ve worked with who I learn a lot from and who help me when I ask. The products I sell are in line with where the future is going so when I leave google, expertise in those products increase my value (AI, ML, data, analytics).
- the brand. Having google as your employer opens door professionally, personally and financially. It was easier for me to buy/rent an apartment with Google as my employer, VC’s value your opinion more, most companies will give you an interview, gf’s parents were impressed, etc.

Bad:
- big company. Lots of BS politics, operational missteps that take time away from selling.
- big company people. You get some who are satisfied showing up at 9 and leaving at 4:59. Too many ‘A’ students who act and think like ‘A’ students.
- upward mobility. Some have figured it out and Cloud has more opp’s than Ads, but it’s still a challenge for anyone. Some teams managers/directors/VP’s have been there for 10+ years…how do you move up in that dynamic?
- Ramping. the first year or two is a grind. There is so much to learn. We don’t do a great job onboarding (in sales at least) so you have to focus and work hard if you want to succeed, move up and make more money. like any sales job, I am never switched off. Personal life has taken a hit - Had to cut back partying/going out/dating so I could be sharp during the week.


Net net, no job is perfect but I love google. It’s a great place, they take care of their high performers and I feel proud to work here which I couldn’t say for Amazon or FB.

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Just started in a CE role and really impressed with the technical know-how and client management skills of FSR on my accounts. Looks like you are also one of the quality FSRs we have here!

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Was a dream destination and a dream job. It is half and half now.
Company + most people are top notch as advertised. Processes + Career progression + some managers are dragging the other half.

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Definitely worth it, no debate here. I love my job but no BIG company job is my dream job....

I never thought I’d be here (state school, bad GPA, nothing super interesting about my experience etc). Google as a whole is a really great company and pays pretty well all around, and offers a pretty unbeatable WLB. At the end of the day though it’s still a job and has its own headaches. My job isn’t my “dream job” per se. but it’s spot on with what I wanted to do next and right now I couldn’t be happier.

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I think the net of this is that tech isn’t consulting or finance. Tech aims to disrupt and in order to that you need grit, and to think differently. MBA’s are ok but business results matter more. An MBA from Yale doesn’t necessarily translate to being a high performer

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I made the move to Google after 18 years or so at 3 other companies:

The good: perks, pay, benefits, smart people, well being (it's all relative), fun

The bar: slow, bureaucratic, hard to deal with people that don't act accountable

This is an amazing gig, it certainly has its frustrations, but all things considered and everything being relative, I wouldn't trade it.

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Left Google for BCG bc pay was higher and work was more interesting. Work at Google is slow and dull on the business side; middle management in GBO were in my experience lazy and unwilling to change. Felt like working in any corporate company - nothing unique at all other than the low hours. It’s a great place to coast (which is a huge huge plus, especially for new parents and older folks) but not great if you want to actually do something with your life / career or feel intellectually stimulated. You’ll notice that nearly all of Google executives worked up through SWE roles or lateraled in from a consulting firm. I think it’s an awesome place for engineering and cs folks but not for business / strategy / marketing

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G3 100% agree. I was shocked by how the organization was run from top to bottom. Can’t speak to Cloud or other orgs

Following! Google has always been the end goal and curious what Googlers have to say

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Be careful what you dream, it might come true.
I think wgat genuinely surprised me was such a strong visibility culture. Nothing you do matters unless you sell it to the management team. If yout manager can't sell it to others or they just don't know how then it counts as your core job. Also the constangt microagressions due to the PC / sunshine rainbow culture

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Following as I fall in this bucket and am interested

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On a flight, overhearing a conversation from the seat in front of me and I’ve never been more thankful I have no credit card debt and a great job that allows me to afford what I want.

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