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Updated July 24, 2015
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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page
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Pros
  • 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)

Cons
  • 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. Helpful (2)

    Still great perks, but getting big, bureaucratic, and slow

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

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The perks at Google are as awesome as advertised. The food is better than most restaurants, the office spaces and campuses are the envy of most college campuses, and the on-site massages are legendary. You will be working alongside extremely talented co-workers who will challenge you and force you to step up your game.

    Cons

    Google is getting big and slow. As you rise through the company, you will find that more and more of your day is spend in endless meetings and wading through nonstop e-mail chains. There are far too many stakeholders involved in every decision, and there is often no clear owner for a particular project. The left hand often doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Shades of Microsoft from the late 90s - a company that is phenomenally profitable but undisciplined and becoming unwieldy. Many Google employees have essentially "checked out," and come in at 9:30 and leave at 5, and are never challenged.

    Advice to Management

    Too many middle managers and layers of bureaucracy, especially in the sales org. There is often a game of telephone between the front line sales teams and all of the folks between them and the product managers and engineers. As a result, decisions take forever to make and competitors like Facebook beat us up.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company, lots of politics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Moving at the speed of light. Founders care about the world and technology.

    Cons

    Lots of external folks brought in agency and consulting type of cultures. It's a "House of Cards" + "Game of Thrones" type of company on a day-to-day basis. If you're looking for a career in politics, this is a great company for you - you'll get more than enough of that. Be prepared to get thrown under the bus oftenly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Larry and cut the politics.


  3. Google Austin

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lively young employee force, great office spaces and increasing presence in the Austin area with new planned office space for 2017.

    Cons

    Only three teams are currently in the area (Google for Work sales, Recruiting, Fiber), limiting career mobility within the city. Three office spaces scattered through town, making it hard to form a wide community with other teams and organizations. Google for Work sales reps are never in the office, making the spaces often feel empty.

    Advice to Management

    In order to maintain a good presence in the area, it is important to have various teams to keep a lively and collaborative environment.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Critical juncture

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart co-workers; interesting work; fun to be at a high-profile place; perks are good.

    Cons

    Company needs to make some changes/decisions to avoid becoming Microsoft from years ago (bloated, political, etc)


  6. Content

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Content Writer in Bothell, WA
    Current Contractor - Content Writer in Bothell, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment, open-door policy for support, worked with a small group of very intelligent people. Enjoyed the material I got to read while working on the phone application. I enjoyed the flexibility as far as start times. I liked that I could take a day off whenever I needed it. I also liked that I learned from this job that will hopefully with the next one.

    Cons

    Not enough room for growth. Had good leadership up until transitioning to a new leadership, then I felt the team fell apart by that point. There was hardly any bond as far as far as the team was concerned. NICE people, but everyone was in their own world and hardly engaged with one another except in weekly meetings. Felt that the vendor was poorly misinformed of what was going on and didn't really take the time to understand our process in order to help us when numbers were low. Felt that the review process was counter-productive in that our work was reviewed by several different individuals with different approaches to how they tackled the work versus how we learned to do the job. It should be one consistent person whose style the writers can adapt to so not to be confused when you've made it so far in the job and get a low score on your performance.

    Advice to Management

    CONSISTENCY! I encourage you to look up that word and think about how that can apply to your work environment. There seems to be a lack of it. LEADERSHIP. At some point I felt the lack of leadership was what made the team and the work fall apart. Encourage your employees to do better by rewarding them. Don't just wait til they drop in numbers to say something. Focus on the positive effort.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Still a good place but it's going down. It's a big corp now

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food Good benefits Lots of different projects you can work on

    Cons

    Highly political Low accountability Very frequent re-orgs Lots of meetings, surveys, half-baked documents that lead to nowhere


  8. Human Resources Associate

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Diversity Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Diversity Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google

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

    Pros

    Great company perks, including base pay and equity. Depending on team, culture can be collaborative and helpful.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement, especially for people starting out in their careers. Very difficult to explore opportunities outside of Human Resources once you are slotted in this department at the beginning of your career.


  9. Great as a starting job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Can lean a lot and lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Too many people. Hard get promo. Good projects are hard to get.


  10. Contract worker. Decent pay, no benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Google as a contractor

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, free food. There is no micromanagement, at least for my team. A lot of autonomy on how to run your project.

    Cons

    No vacation, sick time, 401K, medical or dental benefits, raise or opportunity for full time employment.


  11. free food

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    offers a lot of amenities like free food, coffee, etc..

    Cons

    too much free food and not enough pods to take power naps

    Advice to Management

    more pods for power naps



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