Does it suck to be a Google recruiter?

I got an email the other day (I am a bit behind in my email these days – sorry) from someone tipping me off to a new website I might be interested in – Criticat.

What is it? Well, to quote from the email I received…

Does it suck to be a Google recruiter?

“Criticat is a platform where people can rate their employer and share workplace experiences. Criticat lets employees review and advise their employer anonymously. They can also answer questions asked by prospective employees and create polls to build consensus around an issue. Criticat aims to bridge the communication gap between the employer and employee, make the corporate world much more transparent and our working environment more healthy.”

So I was curious and decided to glance over their website and look what I saw on the homepage.

Criticat - now you can review your company
Someone recently reviewed what it was like for a recruiter to work at Google. The title of the review was – Google – Not Always as Nice as It Seems – “The Other Side of Evil”

Here are a few anonymous comments from someone who recruits (or used to recruit) for Google.

“Google is a great place if you want to benefit from all the perks and the great company culture. If gaining 15-30 lbs from all the free food/snacks is your goal this is place to be. Of course if you work in Mtn View you can work off the calories at the company gym. Workwise, if you’re an engineer or product manager it will probably be rewarding and you’ll learn a lot. There can be significant frustrations with the bureacracy/process that exists at Google, but at least you get a sense of organization and not controlled chaos. A lot of the engineers are very high maintenance and have huge egos sometimes to the point of being arrogant and condescending. It is difficult to hire people there because the standards for prospective engineers are exceedingly high. This is why so many Googlers feel excessively proud to be “in the club,” have a lot of loyalty and rarely leave (there is very low turnover). What I discovered is that the standard for recruiters who get hired as FTEs or converted from contractor to FTE is low. Many of the recruiters don’t have college degrees or have degrees from unimpressive, less prestigious, lower-tiered schools. It is almost as though Staffing Management feels threatened by recruiters with brains who actually produce and don’t engage in “rectal smooching”. The “B” players in management tend to hire “C” players. For the most part people at Google are pretty cool, but like every company there are some very rotten apples. Just hope that one of these apples doesn’t end up being your boss.”

“Rectal smooching?” Hah! Gotta use that one in the future.

Click here to see Criticat for yourself and find out what people are saying about your company.


Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.


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