To most computer science graduates, landing a job at Google is the geek equivalent of winning a spot on American Idol. It is the magnum opus, the Holy Grail. However, as a story in Entrepreneur.com reports, all that glitters is not gold.
In a Quora thread that has gone viral, present and former Google employees are airing the search giant’s dirty laundry, describing a Dilbert-like environment filled with incompetent management, software engineers with god complexes, and mountains of red tape that must be cut to achieve even the simplest changes.
The disgruntled Googlers also cite such indignities as highly skilled graduates from prestigious computer science programs being relegated to monitoring YouTube comments and providing customer service to purchasers of Google AdWords.
And woe to anyone who temps at Google; “real” Googlers consider those temporary staffers a lower form of life … perhaps similar to how humans were treated in those Planet of the Apes flicks.
…Middle management is mediocre. "I'd say the relentless daily mediocre thinking of middle management types who are completely focused on metrics to the exclusion of all other factors. They don't want to rock the boat, they don't know how to inspire their workforce, and they rely far too much on the Google name and reputation to do that for them."