Google Corporate Development and Strategy
I know this forum is largely for wall street related posts but I have seen some posts creep around here about internships and jobs at Google from time to town.
So from anyone who is working/has worked at the GOOG, can you tell us what your experience was like? What you were doing? And since you are on this forum, why you picked it over the traditional finance track?
What does someone need to do to score a a job with one of their strategy teams and what is the work environment actually like (I know we constantly here about how creative it is and the massages and the gourmet meals and the slides and the beer on Fridays yada yada, what's the real deal)?
Thanks so much, best responses get SBs
Google Business Strategy Description
Goolge describes the role of the division:
Deliver the analytical insights our leaders use to enable us to innovate. Whether it's identifying acquisitions and investments, monetizing strategies for products, or developing partners in emerging markets such as Africa and India, Business Strategy Googlers anticipate opportunities and execute programs critical to Google's short- and long-term growth.
CorpDev at Google is a little unusual; it is filled with JDs. Even most of the former bankers/consultants have JDs. I am honestly not sure why. Google doesn't really acquire companies as much as it does Intellectual property and/or particularly talented engineers, so perhaps they do not often need a large integration team.
Breaking Into Corporate Development or Strategy
While Google often takes interns into these divisions - they do not convert interns to full time.
Google's Corp Dev hires undergrad interns but does not hire for a full-time spot post-undergrad. Even their interns do not receive return offers to the Corp Dev department.
How to Get a Position at Google Ventures?
Google Ventures is the venture capital arm that sits within Google. Details about the hiring process are detailed by our users below:
I know that Google Ventures hires almost exclusively from other areas of Google (product management, etc). Google Corp Dev also hires almost exclusively from within and also from top banks and other industry firms (Apple, Intel, Facebook, etc).
They hire internally, but also poach venture capital guys and entrepreneurs. It's a pretty eclectic group, to be honest; the whole department is around 30 people (I think).
Want to read more about corporate development? Check out this detailed thread by a corporate development associate answering questions.
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