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What do MBA's do at Google? [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 06:39
Anybody done research on Google? I wonder how many MBA's they hire and what sort of roles they are hired for. I imagine there are the standard industry finance roles, but maybe some internal consulting too?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 08:01
Probably sales and new business development type roles. The NYT article that ran about 6 months ago described Google as a company split in two factions: sales and engineering. I'd rule out engineering for MBA types.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 08:18
Google does hire a number of MBAs with technology backgrounds. I know friends with MBAs from Santa Clara who are in Product Development and Planning positions with Google. All of them were in the IT consulting industry and did their MBAs part-time. These job types are within the 'engineering' category.

There are also the traditional finance/sales MBA type roles at Google.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 08:35
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Google does hire a number of MBAs with technology backgrounds. I know friends with MBAs from Santa Clara who are in Product Development and Planning positions with Google. All of them were in the IT consulting industry and did their MBAs part-time. These job types are within the 'engineering' category.

There are also the traditional finance/sales MBA type roles at Google.


Do you have any idea about the ranges in salary within sales positions?
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 08:43
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ncprasad wrote:
Google does hire a number of MBAs with technology backgrounds. I know friends with MBAs from Santa Clara who are in Product Development and Planning positions with Google. All of them were in the IT consulting industry and did their MBAs part-time. These job types are within the 'engineering' category.

There are also the traditional finance/sales MBA type roles at Google.


Do you have any idea about the ranges in salary within sales positions?


Well, one of my friends has a base salary around $120K (plus bonuses + incentives that put the gross around 200k). I would think that the sales positions would at least be on par with the product MBAs.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 08:50
I have a friend in corporate finance at google. Says its hte most amazing job ever.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 11:22
I have a friend who works in the tech industry in the Bay Area. He has masters from Stanford and has worked for startups and small companies for years. He calls the people that work at Google, especially the ones that got rich off the IPO "Googlef*ckers". Ther term is part jealousy and part term of endearment I guess. Everyone wishes the startup they work at will turn out like Google.

Without at doubt, Google is a really popular place to work. I have heard, however, that the place is run by the engineers and that MBAs don't necessarily get much respect or have great prospects for advancement. I guess it's like most industries, if work in a support function (at Google anything other than new tech development I guess) you're future prospects are limited. Kind of like working in HR at a big company or something.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 11:38
I have a friend who got an offer from Google to work in their Latin American marketing dept. for his summer internship. He ended up elsewhere, but they had offered him a marketing related project.

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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 13:22
My wife has a few classmates that work at google. They work an insane amount of hours, thats really the reason they have all the cool perks...it helps keep them sane. She had a job offer from them and they pay well and have good benefits buts after talking to her friends that have gone to work for them it didnt seem worth it over her job that is 40-50 hrs a week not 70+.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 14:10
Well I have lots of friends at Google. The MBAs usually work in Program Management/Strategy. They work on business development and strategy formulation.

I think Google also has an Investment arm that looks at investing in new ventures outside the company and is involved in M&A kind of activities.

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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 14:11
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I think Google also has an Investment arm that looks at investing in new ventures outside the company and is involved in M&A kind of activities.


So the answer to the original question has been solved:

What do MBAs do at Google? They buy Youtube! :lol:

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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 14:22
Google is buying companies left and right, but I think they still rely on outside bankers (Morgan Stanley & CSFB I think) to do their deals. Many of the big tech companies do run their own in house P/E funds though. Cisco has a very big one run by a Darden alum.
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 [#permalink] New post 04 May 2007, 14:31
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Google is buying companies left and right, but I think they still rely on outside bankers (Morgan Stanley & CSFB I think) to do their deals. Many of the big tech companies do run their own in house P/E funds though. Cisco has a very big one run by a Darden alum.


Yeah even INTEL has one called Intel Capital. Its a great place to work.
http://www.intel.com/capital/

Even HP's Corporate Strategy office deals with similar activities - http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/abouthp/investments/

I tried changing jobs to join the Corp Stgy at HP and they turned me down saying that I need a MBA from a top school + a few years of MC or IB experience. Last year HP Office of Corp Stgy was hiring several MBA for associate role.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 May 2007, 22:50
so maketing/biz dev MBAs at google work over 70+ hours? Wow i thought the point of going to silicon valley is for the awesome lifestyle. If it's 70, 80 hours, why not just go to MC or IB? I think the advancement opportunities, exit options, salary increases should be better than Google right?

The total salaries at Google (for marketing/biz dev) probabaly won't go much higher than 150K or so right, unless you're very very senior. The stocks probably won't go much higher, so the options probably aren't worth much. And If you leave, are you going to find a better tech job than Google? probably not. So it's like you're stuck there.

Am I missing something? Or is the work really really interesting?

On the other hand, working for the investment arms of tech companies such as Intel Capital wounds pretty good. I assume the compensation should be awesome and lifestyle decent. Not to mention you can possibly exit to PE or some other top finance jobs. But the question is, how do you get those jobs? Do they actively recruit on campus? Because on the websites they just list the regular old marketing/biz dev/engineeering jobs.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 May 2007, 06:22
I think something recently came out saying that Google just topped McKinsey as the most desirable place to work for MBAs.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 May 2007, 08:08
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I think something recently came out saying that Google just topped McKinsey as the most desirable place to work for MBAs.


Yep BW rated Google as number 1 and Mckinsey as #2, the first time in like 13 years Mickinsey was not numero uno!
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I think something recently came out saying that Google just topped McKinsey as the most desirable place to work for MBAs.


Yep BW rated Google as number 1 and Mckinsey as #2, the first time in like 13 years Mickinsey was not numero uno!

It must have been really close, because McK is still number 1 for men (who represent the majority of MBAs.
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 [#permalink] New post 11 May 2007, 08:49
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I think something recently came out saying that Google just topped McKinsey as the most desirable place to work for MBAs.


Yep BW rated Google as number 1 and Mckinsey as #2, the first time in like 13 years Mickinsey was not numero uno!

It must have been really close, because McK is still number 1 for men (who represent the majority of MBAs.


Sorry it was from fortune/CNN Money the link is here:

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/for ... index.html

I imagine it was really close...
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 [#permalink] New post 11 May 2007, 08:56
Recently read somewhere that Google acquires one start-up company per week!!!
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