When you read about the huge salaries people get from working at Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft, I am so sure most of us wish we can get an opportunity to work there even if it is only for a month.
The truth is, despite the perks of working for the big boys of tech, there are also some disadvantages and like your experiences in regular offices, the people that work for these tech companies have a lot of stories to tell – Thanks to Quora and Glassdoor, I get to show you some of it. Do bear in mind that these complaints don’t represent the average user experience, it just gives us an overview on people’s opinions working for these big tech companies.
I would be selecting the top 3 worst experiences from people who have worked or are still working at Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft!
i. Everyman for Himself.
Even though this slogan is something that so many people believe in, this anonymous user claims that it is really quite worse at facebook as there is little focus on creating a team, According to him/her, Majority of the management staff has little idea or focus on creating a team. The company mantra and overbearing hammered in the slogan of “Make an Impact” has the entire organization focused on their own personal wins. It leaves little room for the idea of teams and it doesn’t even get discussed. There is very little value placed on a manager that has the ability to motivate the masses. This emphasis is also placed on the manager to be an individual contributor as well. The fact that you have people reporting to you seems to be just be something there, rather than your main responsibility.
2. You are on your own!
This user had this to say “You are thrown into the ring. For many people, this is just what they want and are successful in this atmosphere. But for individuals who like to know there are guard rails where there’s a 10k foot drop, not so much…….So there is very little guidance on what it means to be successful, how to be successful and what your growth looks like.
3. You snooze, you lose + No Privacy
If you fail as an employee, there is no forgiveness. If you misspeak in a meeting, don’t make friends with the right people, have a bad day, or refuse to play any political games, there is little room for failure. Here is where my own failure came in. Also, you have no privacy whatsoever at work. At any time.
High level of arrogance
Unfortunately, in spite of the common belief, I think the average level of Google engineers is mediocre. With a lot of arrogance, too. Everybody believes he (males dominate) is better than his neighbor. So it is really hard to discuss any issue unless it is your friend you are talking to. Objective discussions are pretty rare since everybody’s territorial, and not interested in opinions of other people unless those people are Important gods.
Everyone is on some high level of brillance
This user had this to say, I often say Google has a great problem: Too many outstanding people. For example, when I left, my direct reports were outstanding, my boss was outstanding, my peers were outstanding, my boss’s boss was outstanding, my boss’ peers were outstanding. Another user said, 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.
I Kept this there because it was so funny.
The worst part is that if you ever leave, your mother will always ask you “Why did you leave Google?” and she will keep asking that years after you leave. The only good answer to that Q. is “the same reason I left home” (it’s never a good idea and yet it is always a good idea) .
Secrecy is the name of the game
“I couldn’t tell my wife anything; she knew I was working in a different building across the street and pulling very late nights, but she didn’t know what I was doing. When I had to travel to Manchester UK to work with more of the Transitive folks, she asked to come along. I had to say ‘no way’ – she worked for IBM at the time, and I knew that the project lead would freak at the thought of our chip vendor learning about the move.”
There is no official closing time
“Work a lot at night and sometimes you hardly have time to sleep.”
You gotta know how to play company politics
This anonymous user had this to say, tons of politics between teams – people are treated like resources here, don’t expect anyone to care about your work-life balance — but you have to be willing to sacrifice to do well here – culture varies drastically from group to group, some groups are great and some have a toxic culture – it seems to get ahead here you have to both be a rockstar *and* willing to step on people to get to the top — which results in the top management spots being held by people with questionable moral standing
Be a People Handler
How well you handle tech is only a small part of your job. You have to spend most of your energy handling people
It isn’t just about what you do, but how you carry people along with what you do.
This model is highly subjective based on your relationship with your manager, your manager’s manager, and the peers of both. You can hit all of your commitments, and even knock some out of the park, but if your work isn’t sexy, or if those folks don’t know much about you or your work, or if your peer feedback isn’t that great, or if your manager isn’t strong enough to fight for you during calibration, there will be a collective yawn and you’ll probably earn up to a 3 at best. I say up to, because your review score effectively starts out as a 4, and then has to be bumped up by those above you. It’s also not just about What you do, but now they are emphasizing How you do it as well.
Work Overload of Life
The political environment is rampant here. They do not staff to the level of demand so you will find yourself overloaded most of the time.
Lol, If I earn what these guys earn, all these complaints won’t mean a thing #MyOpinion.