Google Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 495 people found this helpful  

    Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day.

    2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc. etc.

    3) Compensation. In ~2010 or 2011, Google updated its compensation packages so that they were more competitive.

    4) For the size of the organization (30K+), it has remained relatively innovative, nimble, and fast-paced and open with communication but, that is definitely changing (for the worse).

    5) With so many departments, focus areas, and products, *in theory*, you should have plenty of opportunity to grow your career (horizontally or vertically). In practice, not true.

    6) You get to work with some of the brightest, most innovative and hard-working/diligent minds in the industry. There's a "con" to that, too (see below).

    Cons

    1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down. I don't know if Google inadvertently hires the work-a-holics or if they create work-a-holics in us. Regardless, I have seen way too many of the following: marriages fall apart, colleagues choosing work and projects over family, colleagues getting physically sick and ill because of stress, colleagues crying while at work because of the stress, colleagues shooting out emails at midnight, 1am, 2am, 3am. It is absolutely ridiculous and something needs to change.

    2) Poor management. I think the issue is that, a majority of people love Google because they get to work on interesting technical problems - and these are the people that see little value in learning how to develop emotional intelligence. Perhaps they enjoy technical problems because people are too "difficult." People are promoted into management positions - not because they actually know how to lead/manage, but because they happen to be smart or because there is no other path to grow into. So there is a layer of intelligent individuals who are horrible managers and leaders. Yet, there is no value system to actually do anything about that because "emotional intelligence" or "adaptive leadership" are not taken seriously.

    3) Jerks. Sure, there are a lot of brilliant people - but, sadly, there are also a lot of jerks (and, many times, they are one and the same). Years ago, that wasn't the case. I don't know if the pool of candidates is getting smaller, or maybe all the folks with great personalities cashed out and left, or maybe people are getting burned out and it's wearing on their personality and patience. I've heard stories of managers straight-up cussing out their employees and intimidating/scaring their employees into compliance.

    4) It's a giant company now and, inevitably, it has become slower moving and is now layered with process and bureaucracy. So many political battles, empire building, territory grabbing. Google says, "Don't be evil." But, that practice doesn't seem to be put into place when it comes to internal practices. :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Don't dismiss emotional intelligence and adaptive leadership. They're not just catch phases. You need great managers and leaders in order to build great companies and develop great employees. The people who may be brilliant at solving technical issues may not be (and are most often, not) the best candidates for management.

    2) Do something about that work-ife balance. Don't just have a bunch of pow-wows and tech talks and discussions about it. Leadership should actually model it. Consider re-evaluating how work is done; what processes are in place that are inefficient and ineffective and need to be updated or removed?

    3) Don't forget that there is already a pool of incredibly talented people within the company. If career development is really a goal at Google, then do it. Don't just hire from the outside. Take the time to help your employees develop their careers - then maybe you won't lose some of the great ones, and maybe you'll have prevent some of that burn out and disillusionment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Getting Too Big

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

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great mission - creates large impact and affects people's lives. Always pushing innovation with high risks projects like self driving car and Google Glass. Googlers are compensated very well and there are lots of perks.

    Cons

    This may not apply to the entire company because my experience was in the Human Resources department. It has become bureaucratic and very political. Maybe this is part of being a 50,000+ company. There's too much red tape that slows down the ability to get things done. Also, success is becoming dependent on who you know and how much you sell yourself. It's no longer about your accomplishment or abilities. Title and level are becoming more important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some Directors and Sr. Managers are average or terrible. Listen to lower level employees and what they have to says about their managers. Don't just rely on the surveys - interview them privately. You'll learn more about how they feel and view their leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, exciting summer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, friendly co-workers, and broader, less deep managerial hierarchy.

    Cons

    Might not always work on interesting problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Wild place to work

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great autonomy, lots of action, rewarding overall experience

    Cons

    Inconsistent, sometimes poor personnel policies. Lots of hiring hiccups. Not a company designed for people over 35. Many current employees will give Google 5 stars, but note: when it's good, it's very good, but when it's bad, it's incomprehensibly bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less Disneyland, more real company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Talented, driven and passionate team environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    You get to focus on what you do best. Google tries its best to take care of everything else (within reason) so that you can focus on doing what you do best. Little things like: food, transportation, entertainment, and the right tools for the job ( computers, phones, and even desks)

    Cons

    Since it's becoming bigger and bigger, you get the feeling that you're contributions are not making a big impact. Which leads many googlers to leave after 18 months.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    great people. they are nice.

    Cons

    the interview is a little long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to start your career, but maybe not the best place to grow it fast

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    Current Employee - Account Strategist  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    For the most part, co-workers are smart, caring and considerate people. Google also offers awesome perks and really does try to treat its employees well.

    Cons

    It's a really big company, and suffers some inevitable big company problems like politics and internal mobility an be more difficult than one would imagine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for, some flaws

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Nice amenities and work environment.

    Cons

    Depending on the project you work on, your work, while challenging, can feel very meaningless in the grand scheme of things. The company is a bit scatter brained, which can lead to great things, but also neglected projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Love it here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great teams and great people

    Cons

    It is extremely competitive here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not too shabby

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for especially as your first job, Exceptional people, amazing offices, and very creative environment

    Cons

    Not much change in pay until a very long time . Pay is good but stagnant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay over a period of time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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