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  • Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)

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  • Work/Life Balance is extremely hard (in 122 reviews)

  • Big company so it takes time to know who's doing what (in 93 reviews)

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  1. Operations

    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive environment, you learn a lot from people with different background.

    Cons

    too much politics. no matter how much you try to do your best, it doesn't beat office politics. no promotion unless you know how to play politics.

    Advice to Management

    don't hire too many managers, it creates micromanagement


  2. Helpful (1)

    It looks better in the ads

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advanced Product Team Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Advanced Product Team Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent perks,free food, transportation(although somewhat in-convent and slow) you don't have to work very hard compared to other competitors

    Cons

    You are not really aloud to work on any if your ideas. It takes years for the company to start a new project. They do not volume anything you say. Pay is not as good as competitors! The offices look nice in ads but they are really cramped.

    Advice to Management

    Stop growing you can handle the growth. Stay true to your owne saying and just do one thing and do it ver well. Cut back on all the different projects you are working on


  3. Helpful (3)

    Be a cog

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are enough free food, amenities, and parties that you never need leave campus. Everybody is friendly. Lots of things to work on.

    Cons

    All housing near HQ is priced for the top wage earners at Google so you can't buy a house and renting will eat your entire paycheck. Google's coding environment is designed for the lowest common denominator and twisted to support a nearly infinitely large codebase. 95% of your time will be waiting for spaghetti code to build, fighting code review trolls, following Google code style, trying to figure out bone-headed non-standard architectures, debugging your Google-modified world, wading through endless obsolete documents, and dealing with the politics of egomaniacs pushing their dumb new framework/storage/language/whatever in an attempt to gain recognition within a nearly infinite megacorp. Google uses almost nothing from the outside world so almost nothing learned can be applied to your career elsewhere. There are insufferable KoolAid guzzlers saying they love the "startup culture," as if it was normal to write 100 lines of code in a day, wait a week for it to be committed, and then attend a party of 1000 strangers texting while a computerized DJ blasts retro pop music. For all of this effort, regardless of the official project title, what you're really doing is enabling the creepy collection of marketing data.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the suffocating levels or process.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Racist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good only for white people

    Cons

    Racist company towards minorities and females.


  6. Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Perks and benefits, free food

    Cons

    Engineering culture, lack of seasoned business management, immature

    Advice to Management

    Need also to hire seasoned professional not just technical engineers


  7. Helpful (2)

    Most people don

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - It looked good on my resume and helped me get a lot of interviews.
    - I got paid well.

    Cons

    If you're a contractor, they'll dangle the "conversion" carrot your entire contract. And then they'll extend your contract to continue dangling it. And then they'll chalk it up to headcount and you'll leave for a few months just to come back on another contract.

    Lack of diversity, worse off inclusion. Google boasts its culture on the people. But a surprising number of the people at Google Austin were pretty ignorant, making offensive racist or religious comments left and right. I understand this can happen everywhere. however, once that information was relayed to the HRBP, the response was "stop victimizing yourself". Really?! What kind of corporation acts in this manner? At first people brushed it off as "hey, it's Texas for you" but the HRBP is from headquarters. Unacceptable.

    Poor efficiency - every action item has to be recorded in 5 trackers. Let's spend 2 hours of the day doing actual work and the other 6 documenting it. Joy.

    Red tape - to send an email out to the floor you need manager approval. To do anything you need approval. Your bonuses are based off of additional projects you do on top of your job so imagine the challenge there.

    In the scope of looking at things black and white, the work gets done in the grey. Most of the successful people here have shady work habits.

    Everyone is too scared to speak up that the org is falling apart due to poor leadership which is horrendous. They promote with no management training or perhaps its just awful training. On top of that, some of the managers go to strip clubs with the employees, get wasted together, sleep together, etc. And best of all they LOVE sharing the drunken escapade stories with everyone the next day at work! I've always had a lot of respect for Google but the Google Austin culture is a joke. One of the most unprofessional work environments I've ever been in.

    I was not let go and left on good terms but I'm very disappointed in how my dream job turned out to be the biggest letdown of my career.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop using the word "transparency" 50 times in every speech when you clearly don't understand the true definition of what that means. The rest of the office has created a drinking game for it.

    - Also, after every layoff stop saying "now we have exactly who we want" and then going forth with laying off more people. It's extremely rude and unprofessional. A lot of the people we started with we care about and know they worked really hard.

    - Don't tell people to not work overtime and then fire them if they don't hit their numbers. The metrics are based off "moonshots" aka you're not actually supposed to hit them because they're so high. What kind of message does that send? That you want your employees to fail.

    - If you're going to meet with each individual to apologize and tell them you're going to pay them the overtime you owe, PAY THEM. Google has been dragging payment for months now. Regardless of any of the other crap that went on here, don't mess with people's money.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Horrible experience and not so white gloved internally

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    They have some very talented staff that Is There just for the money. Great jingle commercials and good partnerships with product manufacturers, lots and lots of great backdoor deals.

    Cons

    6 bosses, one task, 6 different results. Horrible leadership and communications process. Internally dysfunctional and misleading.
    Additionally they don't honor written contracts to pay employees.

    Advice to Management

    Check yourself' sand pay your financial debts to former employees. Do what you say you'll do and stop lying to customers.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Lack of Respect, Superficial & Self-Entitled People, Lowest EQ Around Silicon Valley

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writing in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Writing in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Well, you might say that it's the on-site perks that are great, but really it's all an illusion because this company operates like the Borg and expects everyone to come in, conform, and become appendages to each other and the company as a whole. Also, having free food at work is nice, if only they offered heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly options. Too bad the campus isn't in a better location -- like a downtown San Francisco one where you at least had other options within walking distance. You can take the shuttle to work, true, but that keeps you trapped in a confined space for a long period of time with other Googlers. Not a pleasant experience.

    Cons

    Does anyone in management or in the company as a whole have an EQ over 5? Forgot any ideas about equality, respect and cultural sensitivity. Also forget working here if you have anything more than about 5 years of experience -- they'll try to exploit the hell out of you and take advantage of any knowledge or experience that you have that isn't part of your job. And they'll bully and harass you on and off campus if you don't give them what they want. Then again, they bully and harass the local community and the local service workers -- the ones who keep the company running on a daily basis, so why would it be any different for someone over the age of 30 who actually has valuable life experience. Not a recommended place to work for anyone seeking job satisfaction of any kind.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and learn what respect really means. Also, just because you haven't been out in the real world in your entire spoiled, privileged life doesn't mean that you know what's really going on or what the world really needs. You don't. And that becomes more and more apparent with each product you develop. You're all about serving the narcissist rich and powerful -- in sum, the people you like to recruit. Did everyone there go to stuck-up Stanford or what?


  10. Helpful (6)

    End of the Google Fairy Tale

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great office decoration. Very nice to show off to your friends about the working environment.
    2. Decent compensation.
    3. Great brand value all around the world, immediately respect from strangers once mention your employer name as it's so famous. Also Google brand is useful to land next jobs.
    4. Still relevant development technologies, useful to future software jobs.

    Cons

    Be aware of the Google fairy tale. The reality that I experienced is:

    1. The so called "20% project" is already gone. The first day I joined the team, I was explicitly told there is no such thing called "20% project". I was told to focus on this team's jobs.
    2. The legend of "developer come up with ideas and had freedom to execute" does not exist. When I interviewed and was in the orientation, in multiple times I was told "Google works bottom up", "Gmail was a bottom-up idea", "you have the freedom to use your time to test out your idea". But the reality is: the boss "suggested" a direction that you "may" work on, it was actually an authoritative direction, an order. I once tried to divert a little bit and have my own direction, then that one incident caused pretty bad half year review.
    3. Management is fake, hypocritical: a) they say you can have your own direction and your own creativity, but at the end of the day they judge your performance just like a worker, on how much your "throughput" is b) they say "Google takes a long time to ramp up" but actually they count your output and rate at day 1, not considering the ramp up time. c) they pretend Google had a relaxed culture, but they took notes of exactly what you said and used that months later as bullets against you.
    4. Politics, politics: under the disguise of "Google is bottom-up", "Developers in Google are autonomous", there is just tons of politics, power struggle going on. The design meetings become a place for power struggle, and speaking/advocating a design requires taking risk of jumping to the wrong boat.

    Advice to Management

    Google pays great, had great brand value. But please just let the myth go, don't misguide prospect employees anymore.


  11. Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Only serve food for free. That's it

    Cons

    Discriminate the lower level. May be not the owner but the management is. As signed paperwork, it said equal opportunities but really is not. Like myself, I work myself off and willing to go extra mile but at the end, they used all of your talent then said end of my contract.

    Advice to Management

    Try not to control by yourself but have to think of others. Don't try to manipulated it.



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