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Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
2,809 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

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


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company, smart people, bright future

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Company brand, integrity, strong future
    Company motto holds true
    pay, bonus
    work is challenging

    Cons

    is still a business - there is the usual baggage (politics, personal clashes, etc.) though probably less than most companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Customer Service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Simple for every body and any where

    Cons

    Customer Service should be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect to Customer through CRM

  3.  

    Google, Ok for the young with no families

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Google Earth, Acquired From Keyhole in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Google Earth, Acquired From Keyhole in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay
    Excitement of a fast moving tech company

    Cons

    Long hours away from family if you have it.
    Feeling lesser if you dont work extremely long hours.
    Stock options not very valuable since they got so big

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scale back, your growing too fast... this will not last and it will come to a head one day. Make your choices carefully.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Contractors have minimal access to corporate knowledge base.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer III in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer III in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Fabulous talent with honest deliverable within the team.
    Dynamic environment with dynamic tools.
    On site exercise, on site weekly TED style presentations.
    Astonishing and amazing food.
    Green energy.

    Cons

    Some slow-to-respond, out-of-date information to leverage politics between team leads.
    Contractors have minimal access to corporate knowledge base.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management cannot prevent people who want to keep their jobs from "protecting" their role with minimalist info. One or two star performers in a sea of mediocrity seems to be on par, even in government.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Still good company to work, but gets too big to operate, perk cut every year.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Good perks
    ok salary
    lots of smart people

    Cons

    Less compensation every year.
    Hired too rapid

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Can be a great place, but not for everyone

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

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    + Probably the best benefits in the industry
    + Trying to solve tough problems in many different areas.

    Cons

    + Can sometimes seem like there are too many smart/driven people trying to each make their individual mark, such that collaborative efforts suffer
    + The culture seems to be based on the bet that if you bring a bunch of smart people together, something great will happen. Rely much less on strong top and middle management that drives things in an organized way with a coherent vision.
    + There are many unsuccessful efforts in the company that are rarely talked about. And many cool things are talked about and pre-announced way before they are ready or even before it becomes clear how likely they are to actually happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What worked for you as a young company won't necessarily work as you get bigger and more mature. Having much stronger management and internal direction doesn't mean being less creative. Don't assume that putting a bunch of smart people together will automatically lead to greatness.

  8.  

    Team-dependant

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great perks, smart people constantly around, building the future, PTO is generous

    Cons

    if you get stuck on a horrible team, your product can just get dumped in the trash after years of hard-working (seen it in person to some PMs)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Mixed feelings

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

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great perks, food, shuttle, gym, bikes
    I was a massage therapist so met a lot of great people as my clients.
    Everything was set up to give a good session

    Cons

    As a contractor nobody cares about your opinions or input to improve service and you are reminded of it constantly.
    Very poor communication with managment, especially by the end of your contract. Nobody gives you info about if you get hired or not, even once the process start its a crime to ask any questions. Very disappointing and inconsiderate interaction with google recruiter and no feedback or answer to questions from managment. They use you all year as a contractor and then garbage. Pretty sad to finish like that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to put yourself instead of the contractor and at least answer the questions you're asked without making us feel like we're commuting a crime. Isn't google all about communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    eh

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    cool culture, everyone is young.

    Cons

    none really, some condescending people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent demanding and rewarding. Multiple assignments at once

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

    I worked at Google as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced entrepreneurial difficult to pin mgmt down for feedback. Quick timeframe for promotion. Employees enjoy socializing with each other. GREAT benefits and flexible hours

    Cons

    Lack of mgmt focus...too many things at once. Mgmt frequently changes direction based on analytics ignoring qualitative feedback. Average good not great performing employees are ignored for the most part

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more engaged with employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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