Google
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Updated Jul 9, 2014
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4.2 2,282 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(1,208 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good company to work for

    Software QA Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Prossmart people, great environment, good chance to advance

    Conspeople think they are better than others. Hard to get things done

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Austin, TX

    ProsGreat compensation (until they cut all overtime in the middle of the contract), able to work with some of the best recruiters in the industry, flexible hours, free breakfast and lunch from in-house chef, tons of snacks, fun office events such as high profile guest speakers and occasional catering from local restaurants and farmer's markets

    Consmanagement has set unrealistic hiring goals, office politics are through the roof, cut throat work environment, low conversion rate from a contractor to a permanent employee, high expectations and unrealistic hiring goals lead to long hours even though overtime is not an option

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    Amazing place to grow a people management career

    Sales Manager (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsGoogle wants to create and hire the worlds best people managers, and to that end they have more leadership & management trainings, courses, frameworks, and resources than most business schools. And then there are the legendary benefits. Free food, possibly the best health insurance in the country, a great campus completely with gyms, pools, tons of green space, etc. It's a pleasure to be at work.

    ConsBecause it's a big company, you have to retain your own "Start-up" drive and motivation. You could just drift along if you aren't proactive. But if you are proactive, wow can you get things done and go places. It just takes a little internal motivation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote even more from within at the most senior levels.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat benefits, incredible culture, hard-working peers, and great opportunities to grow professionally. The environment promotes teamwork and support rather than competition and sabotage which is great.

    ConsGoogle is not immune to office politics. Many people are invested in their own responsibilities and projects that it becomes difficult to ensure that you are receiving the necessary and training for your own job. Also, mobility is more common horizontally rather than vertically.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Google was the best place I have ever worked.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPerks, perks and more perks.

    ConsConstantly working, not a great work life balance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI can say that one of the most great things here is the smart people. Also excellent ideas everywhere. People also are very friendly. Though the company is getting bigger, work is still having the start up flavor, at least in many teams I know.

    ConsHonestly, I can't see any major cons here in Google. As I mentioned above, it's very pleasant place to work in.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    very satisfied

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvery friendly and mentored a lot

    Conslot of people hard to spend time on one project

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    Great company, but getting too big.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsSmart people, great perks, and proud on working with greatest company in the world for now. Good life/work balance in general.

    ConsHard to get high impact work approved and done. Sometimes too much re-org and too little long term vision could hurt an organization with substantial size. Mid-management usually is the weak link in the system to constraint innovation, vision and productivity. Promotion system is kind of broken - we have managers/senior people in the team who made bad decisions about product but still got promoted at the exact the same time when the project was canceled - this just confused everybody about whether promotion has anything todo with people's work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive mid-level management more responsibilities to decide production directions but at the same time hold them responsible for the failures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice to work with

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood work culture, Best package and chance to work on latest technology

    ConsNo as such, Very good organisation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Every bit as good as you hear, but it's still a corporation.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAn extraordinary supply of very smart, committed, hard-working, talented people. As far as corporate employment goes, Google has to be the diamond standard.

    ConsIt's a corporation, so there are definitely some predictable minuses that come with that: it's not as nimble as a start-up, there is some unavoidable bureaucracy, etc.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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