Busy and average working conditions, funny looking place.
I was working in Catering Mk team as a Catering assistant. My typical day started at 7 am for morning shift and 12 am for the afternoon shift.
B for start of my shift I`d take my work uniform on me and make sure that my personal hygiene is up to required standard.
I signed inn at the manager desk and collected work phone and temperature probe.
My responsibilities was looking after Micro kitchens located in google office building. Daily I had 4-6 kitchen`s to look after.
First in morning I did temperature checks and collected a trolley from storeroom and stock up dairy products, fruits and Coffey on it and bring thous on the floors to the kitchens. Stock the fridges and stands with thous and did a stock check what I will need next.
Second I cleaned all fridges and water coolers and Coffey machines in my kitchens. Than I stocked thous. I was constantly washing up Coffey mugs, bowls, plates, crockery, in dish washers and also by hand beside all the stocking. Only half of the kitchens had dish washers as a result of savings.
After my break I was stocking up Sweet stands and cleaning Gaggio Coffey machines and tiding up the kitchens. I was also responsible for proper working order of all electric powered kitchen equipment and for logging service tickets if required.
On the end of my shift I make sure that all my kitchens are tidy, clean and well stocked for the next day. I cleaned and returned my trolley and disposed all waste in a compactor or bin. I returned to my manager to r
While working in Google I demonstrated my ability to handle the core accounting responsibilities, apply accounting principles and control the full accounting process end to end.
I also gained experience of a shared service environment within a company dealing with varied European Subsidiaries. I developed the ability to foster and thrive in an environment of continuous process improvement.
My responsibilities included:
• Entity lead accountant for four entities, responsible for local compliance. Responsible for US GAAP and local GAAP accounting across Europe Middle East and Africa.
• Ensured that reconciliations, the close process, and monthly close reports were completed fully, on time and of the highest standard.
• Managed the delivery of the accounting processes performed by an external Business Process Outsource vendor ensuring that all service levels were met, the internal control environment is robust and a quality service is provided.
• I developed in-depth knowledge of tools and applications in support of the accounting function and led projects that yielded efficiency through automation, standardisation and outsourcing.
• To represent Accounting and Controls with our key business partners through effective communication with Payroll Operations, Financial Planning, Global Process Managers and the International Finance teams.
• To prepare the final accounts & audit packs for the auditors & liaise with them during the audit process.
• Key member of several project team
Google is not a conventional work by place by any means. It is extremely unique and comfortable, staff are very respectable and respect you. It offers and insight as to how efficient one place can be with enthusiasm.
Normally I would go in and listen to well known speakers and present an example of what we had gathered from their talks in groups, establishing roles and where resources would be pooled to come up with a viable solution to a problem.
The management is great, the building is always tidy, staff are very polite and helpful if you need advice.
The culture at Google is quite literally from what one of my hosts said to make it into a synopsis. "The culture at Google isn't the suit and boot style, its bring yourself, your whole-self to work no matter what you wear or have on your body. Be able to express yourself"
I think the challenge of work experience there was just getting used to the fact you were in Google and trying to make the most of every opportunity you get.
Meeting speakers from all sectors of Google and where they stand on certain matters, incredible people from other companies.
ProsFree Lunch, Meeting speakers, Advice
ConsThere are no cons in my opinion that I know of
Extremely poor management and exclusion of contract workers
Was working for Google on behalf of a recruitment agency (on a contract). It is the worst experience I have ever had in my career. I am a senior employee with lots of experience and have always enjoyed being a consultant. At Google, consultants are not treated like human beings. The management swore at me and the team constantly, gave timelines on projects that did not take any consideration of weekends, holidays, etc. We are not allowed to ‘speak to Googlers’ (these exact words are used) - we are only allowed to speak to our recruitment agency, but Googlers are allowed to speak to as in any way they want, when they so wish.
We cannot complain, we do not get any benefits. Since the pandemic we have worked from home and we got nothing to help us. No budget for desks, no budget for extra screens. No questions of how we were doing. I have never in my career experiences worse treatment of human beings in a workplace and I am very happy that I can find a job elsewhere. I have it three years, has three different contracts with Google during this time.
Recommend no one to work for Google, contract or not contract. People should be treated the same.
A typical day at work includes reading emails and analyzing what Google AdWords customers need the most. It is crucial to identify why their campaigns are not performing the way they should and it's our task to make an end to every issue our customers have to deal with.
Every day comes with an outstanding amount of new things and practices one can learn and implement into his daily work. In addition, Google assures that the work atmosphere remains at a certain level.
The hardest part of the job consists in seeing our customers' campaigns provoking unnecessary costs and listening to their calls for help. With time, one starts sympathizing with the customers and starts realizing the campaigns one's working on represent their whole life and their businesses depend on them.
The most enjoyable part of the job is an outstanding teamwork spirit and, a happy customer's voice on the phone or a simple "Thank you" email satisfied customers use to send to us.
ProsTeamwork, lots of things to learn, need for adaptability and flexibility
Long working hours, on the upside, great on your resume
I had my first job out of college here, and even though the offices are amazing, with all the perks you could ever want or expect, you work so much that this is basically no need for it, as me and most people in my team were working closer to 50-60 hours a lot of weeks than the 45 originally suggested in the contract.
I feel that Google, at least in Dublin has a unhealthy culture. This is down to the expectation of working large amounts of unpaid overtime, very sharp elbows and strange management styles. I feel that the overarching sentiment from management at least in my team was leadership by fear. It always also seemed very political, in the way that who you knew and how well you know them was always more important than what you actually did.
There are positives though, I will always be happy to have Google on my resume, it is seen as a sign of quality for future employers.
The work space is very nice, friendly people, clean and hygienic place.
The atmosphere and the colleagues are mostly the main thing that keeps a person motivated, and that is what you can surely find at Google Maps.
Since i have been at the job i have seen people come and go, because this is a position where u will need to be someone who can handle some stress, and be able to concentrate with it.
I have mentored alot of newbies starting at Google, that makes a person more confident and able to be a strong teamplayer.
Especially when a colleague is in need of help.
I have find myself in difficult situations, as i work with targets which you have to meet, and even losing time cause of helping other people etc, i still managed to get my target by working harder, or working over time.
Every day is a different day at Google maps, as the end of the day comes close that is one of the best parts because going home after a busy day that's when you see what hard work gives you.
Overall a Productive, Innovative and Fun workplace. That said, the intense competition between the extremely intelligent and competitive environment between colleagues can get intense at times with people resorting to pull in long hours sometimes just to try and get ahead
The company multiple ongoing trainings to benefit their employees both professionally and personally. There is more than enough opportunities for employees to pursue their interests/pet projects and to give to the community.
Compensation is competitive. Between salary packages, bonuses, stock refreshers and the various facilities on campus (think- sleep pods, free meals and unlimited snacks) comfortably put the company among the market leaders in a group of its peers
ProsFree food and misc. perks :)
ConsWork can get stressful at times and employees might be putting in few days of long work hours
Make decisions regarding accuracy from multiple sources of data choosing the best possible available for
customers increasing their Google usage experience
Identify issues or inconsistencies and protectively question data quality ensuring a high standard is available
Develop different workflows according to necessities identified on Google Maps
Define priorities on informations needed for different types of businesses and control their quality.
Develop special projects for big events such as World Cup and Confederations Cup.
Reach daily targets regarding quality and quantity of data seen via stats.
Mentoring new contractors on how to Analyse information and improve their work quality
ProsGreat environment, Great place to work, Internet Industry
Die Arbeit ist für Accenture für Google Adwords. Die Stelle wird nicht langweilig. Am Anfang ist man etwas überlaufen, aber das legt sich schnell. Man hat täglich neue Fälle und Herausforderungen.
Wichtig ist, dass man multitasking-fähig und Stressresistent ist, da das Arbeitsvolumen auch mal hoch sein kann.
Mir gefällt, dass man sehr viel über Marketing und auch die Richtlinienspezifischen Hintergründe erlernt. Was einem das Beraten der Kunden stark erleichtert.
Nachteil ist, dass das Arbeitsvolumen sehr hoch ist, und man selten Zeit hat, wirklich zu recherchieren, was genau das Problem ist.
ProsSnacks, freundliches und hilfreiches Team, leicht erreichbar von Dublin City Center
ConsKeine Zusatzleistungen wie Krankenversicherung, Bike to work scheme und ähnliches
There is a strong divide between working as a contractor for Google vs being an employee. It was like being at the fence of the garden of Eden, looking in at happy Googlers, while sitting just out of reach. Being a Google employee, a "white badger", is great. Being a contractor (or TVC as Google calls us) can range from honestly very great, to terrible. If you're a developer who is a contractor, or a manager, life is pretty good. But if you're a worker bee, it's rough. The maps people possibly have the worst of it.
The Google divide is becomes quickly, starkly obvious just after starting. There is no health insurance, and no paid time off when working as a Google Maps surveyor (or any TVC). Traveling extensively, often no where interesting, and staying over the weekend with no option to return home for weeks at a time made this job very hard for me, especially because I have a family. Vacations, even short ones, where highly detrimental to putting food on the table and paying rent.
Google gave me a corporate credit card to pay for daily meals, which was good. BUT the card was heavily micromanaged with daily and weekly reports due for its use. Even though it had a daily expenditure cap. But I was never allowed to gain points for purchases, while my managers quickly become diamond Hilton members making reservations for me... A very clear double standard. You are also expected to enter business spaces and survey but without permission from business and business owners, whi
Consdangerous, zero growth, time away from home, no benefits
Productive and fun workplace, Pros
1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day.
2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc. etc.
3) Compensation. In ~2010 or 2011, Google updated its compensation packages so that they were more competitive.
4) For the size of the organization (30K+), it has remained relatively innovative, nimble, and fast-paced and open with communication but, that is definitely changing (for the worse).
5) With so many departments, focus areas, and products, *in theory*, you should have plenty of opportunity to grow your career (horizontally or vertically). In practice, not true.
6) You get to work with some of the brightest, most innovative and hard-working/diligent minds in the industry. There's a "con" to that, too (see below).
1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down. I don't know if Google inadverte
First of all, amazing tech stack, great engineers, interesting projects, more knowledge and resources available than you can handle. You have to learn all the time and not stick to some specific stack as there's constant development and deprecation going on. Not the environment for everybody but if you have a boy-scout attitude you will be happy there. I am for this part.
For the organizational aspects it's not great though. A lot of chaotic changes happened just so that someone can have a great performance evaluation to jump to another team after which the project is forgotten (I've seen it happen many times). It's amazing how many resources are wasted for meaningless work. It's sad to see engineers taking over management tasks from incompetent managers just to get work done.
For the cultural part, don't be fooled - it's not the same open and inclusive company as it used to be. People get fired for saying the ugly truth. The hierarchy is much more enforced than it used to be (in my org tree). Make sure you work there as a full-time employee (FTE) and not let's say a contractor. If you're a contractor like me, doing the same full-time engineering work as my FTE peers and for many years just on different contract (but same NDAs), prepare for getting different treatment. This is sad especially that the majority of the workforce are contractors/vendors etc. Some examples:
- I need to pass some security trainings annually which say that contractors/temps/vendors are trouble and
Prosamazing tech stack, constantly learning new things, good salary
Consdiscrimination of contracors, poor organization of work, many meaningless projects which get abbandoned very soon
Google, is actually like in the movie "The internship"
A typical day at work as a field operations associate for Google Map starts by going to the office, based in Victoria in London, to meet the other members of the team. At 8:30am we all go to the cafeteria to have breakfast together. After an hour everyone go on the field with his backpack, his phone and his battery pack and is ready to explore the city and visit the places which are on the weekly assignment. For some of us, we have a car or a plane to get.
We are alone on the field, every member has a disctrict to survey and is fully independent. We manage our planning and our work.
We are all part of a group on Hangout and cha all day to help eachother.
We spend our day travelling and meeting the store managers to explain our work.
At the end of the day, we are back to our place and hotel. At night, we have to do some administration like filling forms and planning our next day in order to reach our targets.
I have learned so much about the Google culture, like the fact that everyone works with a positive energy and want to learn all the time, I have learned what team work is and how important it is for a project to grow. I have learned a lot about Google Map and how the application works. I have learned to use the Google applications such as Google sheet, Google doc, Google drawing, Google analytics, Google Kepp, Google Map and much more. I have learnt to install the Bluetooth beacons in stores and I could manage a team on the installation process and liaise with the
Overview: Working for Google Express has been a great learning experience. I have grown in many ways with a lot of different people. I learned how to lead a team and plan a successful work day, as well as input my previous experiences from other jobs into this one which helped me excel into the position I am currently in.
Job Description: Google Express is a same day delivery service that caters to stores such as Target, Walgreens, Costco, and other retailers. The area of Google Express that I work in is in the warehouse where drivers pick up customer orders (parcels) and brings them to the warehouse to be sorted, stowed, picked and given to courier drivers to be delivered.
Typical Day: I would help open the warehouse we work in and take attendance of operators within the shift. I would then obtain the assets needed for a successful work day i.e smartphones, barcode scanners and laptop computers. As soon as I complete that, I assign operators to each of the three work zones: Inbound, Outbound and Prep & Stow based on each individual's physical abilities as well computer knowledge and abilities to carry out tasks required. Throughout the day, I would monitor, as well as help any zone that need back up during our rushes. I mostly supervise the operators and solve any problems that arise as well as guide them in the right direction and train them along the way.
Management: I have had dealings with several managers throughout my time on the project and they
ProsGreat workers and free micro kitchen filled with snacks
I'm a powerful, masculine, mgtow type of guy, and even I broke down crying on the datacenter floor
Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Atlanta, GA
No opinion of CEO
I worked at Google (Less than a year)
The people are very nice and smart. the dress is casual. the cubicles are quiet. The food is good. A fun place to work.
The security staff is nice, and some will become good friends.
The datacenter never has enough tools.
You feel completely alone and it seems that you shouldn't ask questions once you're let loose post-trainig.
I broke down crying a few times on the datacenter floor because I couldn't find any answers or documentation from their intranet or from other employees.
They want a phd level of intelligence to work for 20$/hr.
Atlanta is the neglected "redheaded stepchild" data center.
Can be somewhat political, but if you don't get involved with or discuss politics anywhere on memegen or on the internal mailing lists or if you're smart enough to be engage in a neutral manner or pretend to side with the "correct" politics rather than your own political beliefs, you'll be alright.
I sweat a lot, and no one told me that I could bring spill-proof tumblers or clear drink containers on the DC floor!
The training was excellent. But safety protocols conflict with the speed that repairs MUST be accomplished. Eg: you must take shortcuts, like not wear globes when doing battery swaps, even if it's not safe. I was probably fired for not wearing gloves during the week that safety inspectors were onsite, however I
First the obvious freebies for all employees and contractors: free breakfast, lunch, and snacks, access to Google gym and fitness classes, and a genuinely great office and facilities (most employees can chose a Macbook, Chromebook, or Windows laptop and many get supplied with the latest Google phones and tablets depending on the team). People are very friendly, motivated, and interesting and it is a genuinely fun workplace with lots of buzz and challenges.
Treatment of TVCs (temps, vendors, and contractors) varies by team and at times it feels like they are considered second-class citizens by management, or ignored altogether. TVCs in some teams can't work from home, use work equipment (laptops, mobile devices etc..) externally, aren't usually entitled to business travel, free Google swag, and most team/company meetings and social events.
As a result many are left feeling a bit ostracised as "outsiders". I've never been treated like this as a contractor in my professional career and it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth like you're not trusted or fresh out of college and incompetent.
Converting to a full-time employee is also very hard and being a TVC doesn't really give you a leg-up compared to external candidates. I found recruiters to be disinterested in helping me stay at Google.
Management should treat TVCs better, and less like second class citizens. If you go to the effort of hiring and training them, why not invest in their future and try to find them a pe
ProsFree breakfast lunch and snacks, access to Google gym and fitness classes, a genuinely great office and facilities, choice of laptop, phone and/or tablet, people are very friendly and interesting, a genuinely fun workplace with lots of buzz and challenges
ConsTreatment of contractors, no travel many other perks full-time employees get
I almost never knew the "greater picture" of where my team was headed, because the entire department seemed to have no clue. I would be told something by someone on my team who heard it in passing from our manager, and then the exact opposite would happen in two weeks. Even when that manager quit, the same things kept happening, and even when I switched teams (within the same department), so I believe the entire department was rotting from the head.
I saw excessive amounts of waste at every turn. Corporate culture is one of laziness and complacency, to the point where trying to pick up extra work that is technically beyond the scope of your job title will actually penalize you. I had to argue for weeks to convince a senior engineer to make a one line, basic change to top of rack switch because he simply didn't want to do it, and there was literally no recourse for me (I quit before he did, if he ever did).
There are also some really sketchy activity going on inside, and attempts at bringing said activity to light will most likely only end poorly for you.
Overall, it started off great when I was still enamored by the name "Google" and was but a lowly peon. But as my team members quickly quit and my responsibilities expanded to encompass their old duties (because hiring for your team is also a nightmare), I saw more and more of the grit beneath the glamor. I have no intention of ever working for Google again.
I do feel I need to say that the Facilities team gets stu
ProsFree food, free (or discounted, if you're a contractor) travel to anywhere in the bay area
ConsCulture of laziness, hostility towards contractors, some really sketchy stuff going on, too many people making dumb power plays, promotional system is broken
Wonderful direct supervisor, terrible upper management
Typical day at work:
Come in, log into system, get right to work gathering products to fulfill customer orders. Help coworkers with hard-to-find items or missing/damaged items.
What I learned:
Work as hard as I can, always be ready to assist the team, keep open communication with management. Don't let any of them abuse their position to make your job harder than it should be.
The two direct supervisors I worked closest with during my time at Google Express were both very easy-going and hands-off. As long as I got my work done and kept an open line of communication to assist with any complications that might come up, they just left me to my work. Now the other managers and district managers were an entirely different story. They were entirely unwilling to help with anything--whether it be scheduling, points on our records, or just being generally civil, they consistently talked down to and looked down on us. They would ask for our input on streamlining parts of the work process, and proceed not to listen to any of our ideas, until parts of the work programs malfunctioned, or our order queue skyrocketed for weeks at a time.
Aside from the aforementioned management problems, coworkers were, for the most part, easy to get along with, and reliable to work with. However, as is the case in most work environments, there were a handful of extremely lazy people. This would not be a problem if it weren't for the fact that the team as a whol
ProsEasy work, mostly amicable supervisors
ConsDense upper management
Questions and answers about Google
How should you prepare for an interview at Google?
Asked 30 Jul 2018
By focusing on professional skills and background
Answered 11 Oct 2018
Same as you would for any other job interview you are seriously considering. Research the company, research the role, think of how your current experience matches the requirements, think why they should consider you and not a few dozens of other candidates, be on time, calm, friendly and confident and don't forget to ask interviewer some questions - the usual.
Answered 25 Sept 2018
How would you describe the pace of work at Google?
Asked 30 Apr 2019
Extremely intense, no focus on quality, sometimes rude and, training is very poor.
Answered 20 Jul 2019
Depends entirely on the number of projects one works on in parallel, and the stage of each project. While it's not expected that employees work beyond work hours, the competition is strong, and everyone tries to do their part to stay on the top.
Answered 30 Apr 2019
Does Google allow for flexible working hours? Or are the hours set?
Asked 30 Apr 2019
Set hours, but the floor manager decided who can and can't work flexible hours ( favoritism)
Answered 13 Nov 2021
Work hours are flexible, and there's a work from home option.
Answered 30 Apr 2019
How are the working hours at Google?
Asked 11 Oct 2018
Anytime maximum 4_5 hours
Answered 24 Feb 2019
Long working hours for management and employees, the management respect and appreciate your commitment to work
Answered 11 Oct 2018
What is the interview process like at Google?
Asked 9 Oct 2018
3 tier process
Answered 11 Dec 2018
Depends on the department. Can't answer this question clearly. Do your research online and see what people say for the specific areas you're applying for! (For contractor positions, usually 2-3 interviews.)