Survey: If You Worked at Google Right Now, Would You Quit?

Google, once the darling of the tech world, is now under fire form several angles. Like Facebook before it – and Uber before Facebook – it seems as though the onion is being peeled away to expose a host of issues.

Internally, many employees are currently unhappy with the company’s interest in China. Specifically, they’re reluctant to accept the company’s intent on building and maintaining a state-sponsored censorship search engine. China’s strict laws on quelling dissidents has traditionally kept the search giant away, but as Apple has shown, the Chinese market is very lucrative.

Employees were also unhappy when a Googler released his ‘manifesto’ claiming ‘conservative voices’ inside the company were being silenced. The essay, dubbed “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” was poorly received by most staffers internally, while many in leadership roles took the position that there was room for all voices within Google (which, according to the writer, was a lie).

The company also used an unreported – and seemingly untapped – vulnerability in Google Plus as an excuse to execute its social efforts. The bug was discovered months ago, and doesn’t seem to have actually put user data at risk of leakage or exploitation; nonetheless, it gave a politically convenient excuse to finally burn Plus down.

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If you work at Google, you can ride one of these jenky bikes!

 

In the wake of Google’s announcement it was shutting Plus down, one designer published a memoir about his time with the company. As he tells it, Google is packed solid with backstabbing managers and political infighting at every turn. Google also seems keen on hiring fresh-faced graduates with no experience, seemingly ignoring a giant pool of experienced tech pros.

And that’s not all. There’s Gmail spying, a highly suspect self-driving car program, an unethical chatbot program, a now-unreleased Chrome feature that kept you logged in, and a seemingly endless parade of other issues arising lately. Google has never claimed to be perfect, but it feels like a lot of things are going wrong at the moment.

Yet it remains one of the more sought-after places to work, at least currently. Even with data showing you’ll be there less than two years, on average, many still want to sign up to be Googlers.

This week’s survey aims to find out what you think. If you worked at Google right now, would you quit? Even if you liked your job, would the latest company revelations make you want to leave?

Or do you just not really care? Either way, we want to know! Our survey is totally anonymous, so feel free to let your truest intent show. We’ll publish the results in a later article, so stay tuned.

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6 Responses to “Survey: If You Worked at Google Right Now, Would You Quit?”

  1. ALL companies… it’s ALL about:

    $$$
    Politics
    Personalities
    Chemistries
    Group Dynamics
    How Well You Sell

    The work place is a dictatorship, not a democracy.

    I don’t tolerate that type of environment. Many people, myself included, are not wired for these companies and are independent now. If you can’t deal with it, just tell ‘em to go f—- themselves and work for yourself. Otherwise, live with it. Your call.

    • Gregorius T

      Totally agree.

      It’s not so much anything to do with companies in general, but working with humans. Humans are as they are, and that will never change. It doesn’t matter if you work in corporate America, government, for a non-profit, for a charity, or whatever. If you work with other humans, you’re going to have to deal with all the smelly baggage that humans bring with them. Many people are great to work with, but many are a real pain in the butt.

      Now, with all that being said, a company can create a culture that attempts to, at least, keep that baggage subdued, while the work day is progressing. Those companies can be tolerable to work at. As for myself, I’m trying very, very hard to remain in my current position, which is doing remote contract work. If I end up working with a dickhead, I can wrap my contract up, and say “Adios”.

  2. Based on my experience you have to take the good and bad but decide on what is a priority/means the most to you. For example, my last role was a great place to start building out my security background and it started out great, good colleges, good atmosphere. However new management took over about a year in, and then came the favoritism and backstabbing. After dealing with that atmosphere for two years and not seeing anything for my time, it was time to move on to new challenges and opportunities. I based this decision on the fact that there is too many places hiring someone with experience to be miserable and the brunt of every problem that occurs. I know that I made the right decision when my director didn’t even have the curiosity to shake my hand and wish me good luck on the way out.

  3. Jim Hartwig

    When I hear “Google is not a democracy it is a dictatorship. “ I laugh so hard. Perhaps they would like you to feel it’s democratic, but no large business is a democracy. What has happened to our education system that employees think like that?