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As a former Googler, I can say that Googlers are far from overworked. Or, at least, there is no general pattern of pressure to overwork. Some teams may work long hours as they get close to a launch, but for the most part, Googlers are not set expectations that include excessive work hours. I would however add that there are many distractions on campus which tend to increase the amount of time one spends 'at work' ... not necessarily engaged in productive work, but simply spending time physically at the place of work. So your student who chose McKinsey was probably correct in doing so if his goal was to avoid 'working' weekends. He was mistaken though if he believed that he would be slaving away over weekends ... he most likely would have been doing something fun and interesting with fellow Googlers, rather than actual productive work.
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Sep 22, 2010