Google Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very intellectual people from Admin to tech

    Cons

    Promotion and micromanagement on the recruting team for tech

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company to work at.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Fun Campus to work in.

    Cons

    Cost of living high In California.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be evil is your motto. You should try to follow it.

  3.  

    Contractors are disposable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Council Bluffs, IA
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Council Bluffs, IA

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

    Pros

    Fun environment
    Great little perks (food, entertainment)
    Working with the latest equipment
    Very flexible schedule
    Most people are friendly
    Great entry level pay

    Cons

    Contractors are treated like second rate and not particularly valued. The staffing agency they go through is very unprofessional. There is very minimal training and you're thrown into it without much insight. The site I was working at was very numbers driven, they don't look at the situations, just the percentages, therefore many otherwise talented people are thrown away. You're never really told if you're doing a bad job, I found out a week before my contract was let go. They act like they want you you to relax and have fun, but if you take advantage of this advice you won't get converted to a full time employee. Often times full time employees have little incentive to actually work and the workload on contractors is much higher. In addition the full time employees sometimes develop a slight cult-like mentality. In addition, if you want to move on to another company, all of the equipment is proprietary and this makes adjusting to other environments difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your contractors, you'll get more people to stay.
    Be more honest about work being done, if you're not getting the results you want then ask why and then offer suggestions or additional training.
    Hold your full time employees to the same standards as the contractors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great company, great vision, enjoyable work.

    Cons

    difficult work, takes time, can be stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work, I agree with vision for company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great, but lots of politics

    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Smartest people in the world.
    Tons of talent.
    Tons of perks.
    Beautiful

    Cons

    Absolutely loathed the commute from SF.
    Huge time suck from my life.
    Politics left me tired.
    Couldn't focus on the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have too many cooks in the kitchen.
    Get the pure manager folks out of the way. They're an unnecessary layer that limits growth and visionary thinking

  7.  

    Big company that is a good starting point.

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

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

    Pros

    Lot's of ability to move around and move up if you work hard and learn the right skills. Benefits are solid, but basically industry average at this point. Compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    The company has slowed down to the point of frustration and re-orgs are far too common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less re-orgs, more emphasis on pushing products people want to see. Google X is a joke; scrap it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Software Engineering Intern

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

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Food, buses, free bikes, internal tooling. The only good things about Google in my experience were the perks really.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was placed on a very boring internal project which I don't think should've been necessary in the first place. Since Google is such a truly massive company, there is a very real risk that you will spend all of your time and energy on what is essentially grunt-work to keep the massive ads machine rolling along.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Competitive Machine of Silicon Valley

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Google presents an idyllic exterior setting: volleyball courts, free meals, and the athletic intramurals of a college campus. It has attracted many very smart people and offers good salaries. It is a technology focused company, and has produced four world changing products: Google Search, Ads, Maps, and YouTube.

    Cons

    Google is beset by internal competition -- the atmosphere of constant review pushes people to primp their resumes and do things to look better and make their competition look worse. Unscrupulous, loud people are rewarded, while ineffective people are treated similarly to those that actually do great work. The company is full of managers who don't really know how to manage.

    Working conditions offer no privacy and detract from concentration: wall-less elbow-to-elbow bull pens.

    Corporate Management insists on recruiting mostly at headquarters (Mountain View) despite the growing issue of insufficient housing for new hires. Employees live in the substandard housing nearby or yoke themselves for life to pay a mortgage on some place nice.

    Worst of all, much of management is running out of ideas. Almost every product they've produced was brainstormed fifteen years ago. The dream of the "Star Trek" computer is basically accomplished, and they now have tens of thousands of software engineers to employ doing... what, exactly?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and underpaid...

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

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

    Pros

    saying you 'work for Google', free food all day long, free shuttle transportation, lavish parties (depending on your group's visibility and corresponding budget), flexible work schedules

    Cons

    poor work-life balance for higher-level employees. if you are a higher-level hire with a masters degree you will find a high level of expectation from you starting on day 1, disorganized on-boarding training programs for new hires leaving you to sink or swim and figure things out on your own,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the bureaucracy! Google should try harder to get back to it's original start-up entrepreneurial culture and leave the corporate BS for the birds!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to be, but a hard place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits are some of the best in the valley. Swimming pool, commuting bus, great free food, and the list goes on and on. Look at the dictionary for the definition of great company benefits and you will see a google logo.

    Cons

    Work, work, work, work, work, work and more work. Life there is tough, don't let the benefits suck you in, because behind the fatherly support, is a more ulterior motive to keep you there long, long hours by taking care of you so well. Work / life balance is tough. If your young with no life outside of work, this is a dream come true. With a family of young kids, think before you jump ... but there are worse things like doing the same hours in a likely to fail start-up so it is not all bad.

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