Global Insights Manager Automotive


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If you re a software engineer you re among the kings of the hill at Google It s an engineer driven company without a doubt that is changing but it s still very engineer focused The perks are amazing Yes free breakfast lunch an dinner every weekday Aaaaaamazing holiday parties at Waldorf Astoria NY Public Library MoMA etc overnight ski trips to Vermont overnight nature trips to the Poconos in the summer summer picnics at Chelsea piers and on and on and on I don t see this going away unless the company starts hurting financially Speaking of which the company is doing quite well which reflects in bonuses and equity grants There a huge diversity of work ranging from defending independent journalism worldwide Google Project Shield to crisis response during disasters see Maps during Hurricane Sandy or Tsunamis to the best machine learning experts and projects in the world to more mundane revenue driving projects in advertising there s really something for everybody It s easy to move around within the company as long as you re in good standing the vast majority of engineers are The company is amazingly open every week Larry Page and Sergey Brin host what s called TGIF where food beer wine etc is served a new project is presented and afterward there s an open forum to ask the executives anything you want It s truly fair game to ask anything no matter how controversial and frequently the executives will be responsive No nobody cares if you use an iPhone Facebook shop with Amazon stream using Spotify or refuse to use Google The company is amazingly open and flexible Neither pro nor con but general information on work life balance promotions and advancement Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams Some teams are in more competitive sectors and require more crazy hours all the time but very few of them If you do what s expected you ll be fine at least for a handful of years Working a roughly 40 hour work week is possible and many people do it There are also people who are hyper motived and work like crazy just because they love it or because they re competitive or they want to get a promotion If you work 40 hour weeks without putting in anything extra you ll fall behind them as they advance and you stand still and maybe that doesn t matter so it works out for everybody But at least know where you would realistically stand If you excel and work your butt off you ll be compensated and promoted If you let yourself be a code monkey and just sit coding with your head down all day you ll be fine but won t advance A big complaint from some Googlers is about not being able to advance even at Google with pure coding Sure if you re the uber genius who created MapReduce and Bigtable you re going to advance like a rocket without having to do anything but coding but if you re like most engineers at Google smarter than average but just average compared to other Googlers you re just a good coder and not revolutionary Code monkeys are important to actually get stuff done and to be sure you absolutely need to be a good coder as a software engineer it s the minimum requirement but code monkeys won t advance because they re not leaders and they re easy to replace To get promoted you need to lead and do more than just code There are plenty of ways to lead other than being an official tech lead so this isn t actually _that_ hard so the real point is just that you can t just sit there coding what other people tell you to code all day and expect to advance
It is becoming larger and with it comes growing pains bureaucracy slow to respond to market threats bloated teams cross divisional tension though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft s internal tension The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping but possibly not It s hard to get real metrics because as the absolute number of people grows naturally the number of bad apples grows as a percentage it s supposedly the same as it ever was but with larger numbers of poorer quality engineers it just _feels_ like things might be changing for the worse Also with growth means more internal confidential data leaks again because of the raw numbers of people product announcements being ruined etc That means the company has to be tighter lipped internally to avoid leaks which makes things less open It s still an amazingly open place but less so than it was even a couple years ago The good thing is they recognize it and actively look to improve things because they know how important it is to keep the good culture
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