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Should working for a huge company like google feel intimitating for me?

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I enjoy working with wires and making a machine or a computer, but I never really thought of living a career out of it until my cousin suggested I should. I'm good at other things but making stuff is what I like doing because I get to call something that works and functions my own. #electrical-engineering #electrical-and-electronic-manufacturing #google

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Daniel’s Answer

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So there appear to be a couple questions here, one in the title and one in the body. On the body question first:


  • Google does do some hardware (and is hiring into those roles), though the overwhelming majority of engineering jobs are software in nature. So while you could potentially land at hardware @ Google, if you're doing hardware you'll likely end up somewhere that's not a software-focused company (but possible!). That said, I also started out liking hardware first (was first an EE in Uni), but ended up doing pure software, so things can change :P
  • Should working for a huge company like google feel intimidating for me? Yea probably, ha. It's intimidating to me, still, and I've been here for ~7 years... Not sure what else to say, other than a lot of people at big companies are intimidated by it, but we're still here, so, it can work out.
Also at Google, strongly agree with everything here. The reputation, the scope of the work, and the attention Google receives, can definitely make it intimidating. But that doesn't mean people shouldn't try! Google employees are, in the end, just people, and so you could become one of these people! Eric Willisson Translate
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Austin T.’s Answer

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I have interned at two fortune 15 companies, with one internship taking place at the higher fortune company's HQ in a major city. At the HQ it was uncommon for a day to go by and NOT to walk past a senior executive or two that report directly to the CEO. Both companies are large, but I have never felt intimidated by the size. Perhaps lecture halls at university nipped that anxiety? Although I am an extrovert by nature. A good boss (boss referring to anyone above you) will realize how crucial every part of the company is. Do what is asked of you to the best of your abilities, ask questions, be confident in your work, and you will do fine.


Good luck and Godspeed.

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