Spencer Tipping left Google about a month ago. We know this because he's written a blog post saying as much, and listing all of the pros and cons about working for Google. Juicy! Kind of. If you're into programming, mostly. But the money shot's the number one negative of Google culture: Google+.
To be fair, this is just one man's assessment. Clearly, someone at Google—a lot of someones, actually—are behind Google+. And for Google to arrive at its manifest destiny of "putting an entity of a person in a search box," it needs the personal data that social platforms like Facebook, Foursquare, or Google+ offer up. But this isn't the first time that we've heard a Google employee suggesting that Google+ isn't worth the time and resources that are sunk into it. Tipping's number 1 and 2 Cons for corporate culture were "Google+" and "Ubiquitous political emphasis on Google+ that sometimes compromised other engineering efforts." Here's his extended explanation: