I came across this article this morning on LinkedIn, 5 Reasons You May Not Want to Work For Google. I have never worked for Google. I believe I did apply in college. I did, however, spend 4 years at EA Sports working on Madden. Admittedly, this is not quite as high profile as Google, but I feel like I can relate to the idea of the article.
I feel opposite to the points in the article and wanted to explain why.
1. You'll Be Stereotyped
People can assume whatever they want. If they're the kind of person that sees a particular company on your resume and proceeds to judge you for it prior to meeting you, then that's probably not someone with whom you want to be friends or with whom you want to work. Once you actually meet, it will come through if you are genuine, nice person. One of my college friends has been working at Google since we left college and is still an extremely nice, friendly person. He hasn't changed!
2. You Need to Always Be "On" the Job
First off, why wouldn't you always be "on" the job? Why are you afraid of working with intelligent, motivated people? I look back on my time at EA and feel so fortunate that I was able to work with such talented individuals, especially right out of college. I think my time at EA shaped who I am as a developer and taught me so much more than college ever could, because I got to work with people who are "on" the job. Maybe I couldn't climb the ladder in a year, but I learned a tremendous amount. You always want to have people smarter than you around so you can learn from them. If you want to slack, then yes, maybe Google is not the place for you.
3. Subsequent Job Search Will Get Harder
The article states that employers will definitely want to interview you. Getting the interview is half the battle! Once you get in the interview, you can explain why you left. I have done that several times in interviews when asked about EA. There are plenty of reasons you may want to leave a formerly dream job - moving to a new city, low upward mobility, better work-life balance, more money. You can easily explain this.
4. Your Future Expectations Will Be Tougher to Meet
Did I really think that all companies would be like EA? Did I expect multiple gaming consoles at my desk, free games, a game room, to wear shorts and flip-flops to work, and 5 weeks of PTO when I switched jobs? No, because I am a reasonable person. Just because a job has a lot of perks, doesn't mean it's right for you. Life is trade-offs which you weigh. Yes, those perks are awesome. At some point though, I wanted to change the direction of my career and life and working at EA did not support my new dreams. I have a job that is working for my current life way better than EA would and I am happier with the experience I am getting. I do miss it, but I know it was a good decision for me in the end.
5. You'll Become a Professional Networking Target
So what? I got my dream job right out of college, why wouldn't I want to help other people achieve their dreams as well? EA was my absolute first choice and it was never lost on me how lucky I was. A lot of times, you just get asked to submit a resume. Great! I put it through the company system and if they get hired, I get money. Not a big deal. I am happy to give advice and volunteered to do so through a mentorship program at my alma mater as well as attending many EA recruiting events where I met current college students and freely handed out my business card.