Google employees vent frustration online

Employees at Google have been anonymously posting all the things they hate about working for the tech giant on the sharing site Quora.

High among the peeves is how overqualified all of Google's employees are, even at the lowest levels of the organisation.

"Google has a very high hiring bar due to the strength of the brand name, the pay and perks, and the very positive work culture," said one user. "As a result, they have their pick of bright candidates, even for the most low-level roles."

"There are students from top 10 colleges who are providing tech support for Google's ads products, or manually taking down flagged content from YouTube."

This surplus of highly-qualified workers means it's hard to get promoted within the organisation, and it takes a long time to rise.

One user even went so far as to accuse Google of deliberately orchestrating a talent drain in California.

"Too many great people, doing work that just doesn't matter," he mourned, "and they're being paid off not to care in an explicit effort to starve the rest of the valley of extraordinary talent."

Google has long garnered praise and widespread media attention for its "campus" headquarters, where workers have access to a gym, swimming pools, pool tables, free haircuts on site, and even death benefits, among other perks. However, some have suggested that the perks aren't all they're cracked up to be.

Google opened a campus in East London's Tech City hub in March of this year, extending its enviable employment practice to this side of the Atlantic.

However, one Google employee complained about the "constant professional boredom and intellectual malaise that's always saccharine sugar coated by a layer of constant awe on the part of people you meet outside Google."

"I habitually describe my time working as an AdWords monkey as being like a janitor at the UN," the user went on. "You know that theoretically great world changing things are going on in the building, but all you ever really see is s**t."

Some complaints are more mundane: "Grass-root bureaucracy prevails, and the ubiquitous code reviews only help it."

One user who waived anonymity, Kevin X Chang, summed up the general mood of the thread:

"So, if you ask me whether it's worth working at Google - yes, it is; you'll learn a lot; is it worth to stay there? – no... you may become one of them."

Image: Flickr ( @MaryG_MU)

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