Google Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not nice if you're a contractor...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in New York, NY

    I worked at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Free meals, coffee, and snacks.

    Cons

    Working in a culture of 20 something, ivy league graduates with inflated egos was challenging.
    Contractors are not offered benefits, perks (massages, dinners out, free phones an other gifts, etc.). They are not invited to team or company celebrations like the huge holiday party. You end up feeling like a 2nd class citizen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kinder to contractors. They have a lot to offer and are overlooked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Dissatisfied! STAY AWAY!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oracle Functional Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Oracle Functional Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Please let me know if there is one..

    Cons

    Long list -- Here you go..
    1. Poor Management
    2. No Ethics
    3. Untrained Staff
    4. No Manners
    5. Disgusting Managers
    6. Single Person works as Recruiter; Sales Executive; Manager etc. etc.
    7. Don't Pay on time
    8. All good reviews are written by company recruiters
    9. Doesn't file H1 B and still say e-verified
    10. Proxy interviews are taken
    11. All the employees are family members

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No use giving advice as they don't listen to you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Nothing is ever good enough

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Lots and lots of money thrown around to bring in celebrities and authors to keep you interested; the space is very clean

    Cons

    You are encouraged to work against your "teammates" in your fight to the top and talk bad about them; Building a sense of community is discouraged

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand behind your word: Don't be Evil. Lead by example. Evil is prevalent in the way you make us fight each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Interesting work but poorly managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  South Plainfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in South Plainfield, NJ

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    There is a lot of interesting work and customers with challenging problems. The company is a large portfolio of hardware and software solutions to work with.

    Cons

    Poor communications between software development uniits were tolerated by management. Management never communicated its goals leaving engineering and consulting in the dark. Software quality was so poor that customers were dissatisfied and continuously threatening to halt the projects. Payment was withheld leading to more pressure to cut costs and diminished software quality. There was no QA on software prior to installation at the customer site. There were many problems with benefits administration caused by the third party firm hired to manage those items.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to communicate with your staff. Set some objectives. Take advice from people that understand software development processes. Try to get a grip on project management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Elitist, Arrogant Managers with low self-awareness

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great food, amenities and good compensation.
    Excellent location in Chelsea.

    Cons

    #1- Current Recruiting practice has some very strange practices and the rather junior, mediocre recruiting staff are afraid to challenge

    #2-Inflexible recruiting practices that hire against a set of ideals vs business needs. At least 1,000 people a day are screened out due to ridiculous ideals that are never questioned

    #3-Recruiting practices that do not improve without 18 layers of approvals and weak recruiting leadership.

    #4-Strong recruiters leave. Mediocre recruiters stay so that they can provide more convolution to an already convoluted process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire for the business, creativity and potential, not academic credentials or schools. Get rid of the current recruiting leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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