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Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
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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. 666 people found this helpful  

    Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable

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

    I worked at Google full-time (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.  

    Fast Pace, Challenging but no work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, challenging and impactful work, fast pace, professional growth

    Cons

    No Work Life Balance, Stress and fast pace

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company culture, not enough opportunity for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Excellent perks, especially opportunity to learn outside of your core role.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunity for growth. Very hierarchical structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The organization design of large scale, the internal fight the enemy separately.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Edith, GA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Edith, GA

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are nice, leadership is also very good, will help you to improve yourself

    Cons

    The work efficiency is low, the management level is low, bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should take the architects as the main management, not administrative management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing company, beware of cult-culture

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    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

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

    Pros

    Perks, people, passion. I don't have to tell you why Google is great to work at. They take care of their people. That's also the biggest Con.

    Cons

    Because the perks are so good, you don't realize how much of your life becomes defined by your job. Especially for those who start at Google early in their careers. Best advice would be to ensure you have a lot of life outside of work that are in "Google-free" zones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enough with the re-orgs, but you knew that already!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Great culture, monotonous work

    Current Employee - Sourcing Data Specialist
    Current Employee - Sourcing Data Specialist

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

    Pros

    Great company to put on resume
    In office benefits ie food, gym, etc

    Cons

    Very monotonous and mind numbing work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great !

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    culture and atmosphere. its a nice place

    Cons

    pretty stressful, long hours, and sleep deprived

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too busy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Help full

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    Current Employee - Visa Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Visa Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You assist people whom are traveling to India. You also learn the procedure for international travel.

    Cons

    Start up companies can be a bit of a hasel in regards to stability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization is key

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great perks, great impact, great scale

    Cons

    Becoming a big company, no longer a place for fast innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work environment, good pay, great perks

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - People are smart, projects are generally intellectually stimulating for engineers
    - Good career options
    - Positive signaling for the future (saying you worked at Google will help you for life)
    - The in-house perks (esp. food) are awesome.

    Cons

    - Things move pretty slowly. Projects can take years to ship.
    - Your experience will depend on your team. I've heard wildly different stories of Google experiences from people on different teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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