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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. A Huge Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Tons of perks, can be intellectually challenging

    Cons

    -It can take forever to get to work because there are so many people working in a place with basically just two access roads
    -You will feel like just a number at times
    -Promotion is pretty much BS


  2. Different

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

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

    Pros

    Financially sound company with great resources.
    Casual attire encouraged for all employees.

    Cons

    Management and Directors may have little experience.
    Most recommendations do not get heard.
    Will continue repeating failed methods.

    Advice to Management

    Appoint qualified personnel with experience in the field.


  3. Too big

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with great minds on the forefront of technology

    Cons

    Employees aren't well paid and are undervalued

    Advice to Management

    You can afford to pay your employees well -- do it!


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  5. Statistically speaking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -great benefits and perks
    -fast pace and innovative

    Cons

    too big now. same big company politics. same big company abusers. So many people abusing and taking advantage of any policy or benefit.

    Advice to Management

    slow down the hiring and stay more focus. you can't be great at everything.


  6. Technical Recruiter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers and perks. Loved coming in to work every day. It's a huge resume booster to work at Google.

    Cons

    It can feel like Disneyland with a dark side. They throw all these great perks and benefits at you but it covers up a cutthroat feel almost to it. Super high expectations that go up each quarter.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up. Larry & Sergey want to take over the world and that trickles down to outrageous expectations and causes burn out.


  7. People Operations at Google

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    Former Employee - People Operations in New York, NY
    Former Employee - People Operations in New York, NY

    I worked at Google (More than 5 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great perks, smart and self-driven coworkers

    Cons

    narrow roles since the org is so large, challenging/nearly impossible to get promoted given that the employee-base is full of over-achievers managers frequently change every few months

    Advice to Management

    don't give big teams to people who have never managed before.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Staffing at Google

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Relevant products, talented people to work with, great global brand

    Cons

    The layers of bureaucracy is growing and getting things done at Google is like running through water while there is ever increasing pressure to produce more.


  9. It's Google

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    All the perks that you could behold in your inner mind. Chance to work on meaningful technology.

    Cons

    Very large. Highly political. Opaque promotion process. Elitist.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Comfortable place to start a career, but can't take much with you when you leave

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    -The perks are of course the best thing about working here (food, gym, on-site laundry, 401k matching, etc, etc). That it's the first thing mentioned is kind of analogous to people first mentioning "good weather" when talking about the pros California.

    -Author talks at Google are good opportunities to meet authors, and offer nice perspectives from outside the tech bubble. I need to take advantage of this more.

    -Engineering culture. I've worked at places before that treated engineers as more of a means to an end, instead of involving them more in the process. Nice role reversal here, though it probably still needs some balance.

    -Looks good on your resume

    -Good place to start your career, though be careful because you can't take much with you (or you will want to recreate tech on the outside when you get out).

    -20% time still exists (depends on the team)

    -work-life balance (depends on the team)

    -Can become too comfortable and insular and not challenging, which can hurt your career later on. Don't get too comfortable or you'll get trapped here.

    Cons

    -Coworkers talk about the food endlessly, like it's the best and central part of their day. Because it is.

    -Lots of NIH and Google-specific libraries which folks can't take with them when they leave. The outside world operates very differently and with different technologies, and people won't learn much of that here unfortunately.

    -Lack of freedom to choose technologies. A lot of solutions exist on the outside, but there's often a homegrown competitor that we're forced to use, so it will make that other team look good (lots of folks write libraries and services just to get promoted).

    -No Node.js support in production. This is especially painful for aqui-hires because many startups these days use Node. Then they find they need to re-write everything to integrate with Google.

    -Checkin + code review process is super bloated, anal retentive, and obsessive. This slows down development time considerably. This is especially painful for aqui-hires, where no one on the team has readability, so you have to make friends within Google just to get your code checked in. Really, really frustrating and the feeling that productivity has gone down immensely.

    -Still not a good environment for frontend engineers. If you even hint that you like JavaScript and CSS, people will look at you like you have brain damage. Not a lot of the engineering culture values FE work, although that's a self-admitted problem that they're trying to change.

    -Fiscal irresponsibility. Hiring rate within the last few years has been out of control and unsustainable. There is a boom time now, but this is going to hurt and result in many layoffs when the next crash happens.

    -Engineering culture (also listed as a pro above). Specifically non-frontend engineering. This is reflected in the ridiculous interview process. It would be good to get more diversity of thought and perspectives, not just a hard-line engineering perspective. So many decisions are based on quantitative data alone, which is a mistake if a company wants to push the boundaries and wants to be innovative.

    -Entitlement and elitism. It's not everyone of course.

    -High cost of living around main campus. You may think you're getting paid a lot, but the cost of living in the area matches that salary.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to keep challenging engineers.


  11. Good, used to be much better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits, lots of smart people

    Cons

    getting big. lots of politics. very dispersed leadership.



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