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Updated June 30, 2015
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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 (3)

    Be a cog

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are enough free food, amenities, and parties that you never need leave campus. Everybody is friendly. Lots of things to work on.

    Cons

    All housing near HQ is priced for the top wage earners at Google so you can't buy a house and renting will eat your entire paycheck. Google's coding environment is designed for the lowest common denominator and twisted to support a nearly infinitely large codebase. 95% of your time will be waiting for spaghetti code to build, fighting code review trolls, following Google code style, trying to figure out bone-headed non-standard architectures, debugging your Google-modified world, wading through endless obsolete documents, and dealing with the politics of egomaniacs pushing their dumb new framework/storage/language/whatever in an attempt to gain recognition within a nearly infinite megacorp. Google uses almost nothing from the outside world so almost nothing learned can be applied to your career elsewhere. There are insufferable KoolAid guzzlers saying they love the "startup culture," as if it was normal to write 100 lines of code in a day, wait a week for it to be committed, and then attend a party of 1000 strangers texting while a computerized DJ blasts retro pop music. For all of this effort, regardless of the official project title, what you're really doing is enabling the creepy collection of marketing data.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the suffocating levels or process.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Lack of Respect, Superficial & Self-Entitled People, Lowest EQ Around Silicon Valley

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Writing in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Writing in Mountain View, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Well, you might say that it's the on-site perks that are great, but really it's all an illusion because this company operates like the Borg and expects everyone to come in, conform, and become appendages to each other and the company as a whole. Also, having free food at work is nice, if only they offered heart-healthy, diabetic-friendly options. Too bad the campus isn't in a better location -- like a downtown San Francisco one where you at least had other options within walking distance. You can take the shuttle to work, true, but that keeps you trapped in a confined space for a long period of time with other Googlers. Not a pleasant experience.

    Cons

    Does anyone in management or in the company as a whole have an EQ over 5? Forgot any ideas about equality, respect and cultural sensitivity. Also forget working here if you have anything more than about 5 years of experience -- they'll try to exploit the hell out of you and take advantage of any knowledge or experience that you have that isn't part of your job. And they'll bully and harass you on and off campus if you don't give them what they want. Then again, they bully and harass the local community and the local service workers -- the ones who keep the company running on a daily basis, so why would it be any different for someone over the age of 30 who actually has valuable life experience. Not a recommended place to work for anyone seeking job satisfaction of any kind.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and learn what respect really means. Also, just because you haven't been out in the real world in your entire spoiled, privileged life doesn't mean that you know what's really going on or what the world really needs. You don't. And that becomes more and more apparent with each product you develop. You're all about serving the narcissist rich and powerful -- in sum, the people you like to recruit. Did everyone there go to stuck-up Stanford or what?


  3. Helpful (9)

    Interactive Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at Google

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

    Pros

    The perks, (obviously). hmmm... thats really the only positive thing I can think of.

    Cons

    - Management - I personally experienced the worst management. My boss didn't know how to be a manager, and would always try and steal my work, and then take credit for it later. Super micromanager. His boss way just as bad, and the director of our department is a joke. A lot of favoritism and politics, and ego filled people who think they are entitled.

    - Constant reorgs, and the fear of wondering if you will lose you job.

    - No growth advancement.

    - Bonus was less then promised in offer letter.

    Advice to Management

    Be more down to earth, and loose the attitude.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Place is overrated

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, San Jose (Costa Rica)

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of outstanding colleagues. Food is great

    Cons

    Management sucks. Lots of medicore managers waiting to get their stock options. Lack of direction. Lots office politics. Salary is average

    Advice to Management

    Fire underperforming managers. Raise salary.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Heaven for googlers, hell for vendors

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Contractor - Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

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

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

    Pros

    free cab and food but everyone gives that now

    Cons

    very discriminatory towards vendors. we are at the bottom, our pod leads cannot do anything either. no job satisfaction at all and no hikes much as well.

    Advice to Management

    you don't care about a vendor's advice anyways


  7. Helpful (5)

    Google underpays when it comes to staffing and recruiting. They are way below the market. There is no work life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Free food and snacks.

    Cons

    Very corporate now. The company is hierarchical and there is little to no access to management at the top. Long hours and no work life balance.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Full of the worst people from Microsoft

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

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

    Pros

    All the usual good stuff about Google: free food and good comp.

    Cons

    Google opened the Kirkland office to poach from Microsoft and Amazon. Looks like they got what they wished for. The office and Google internally is just brimming with politics and useless processes now. All the good Engineers have/will leave very shortly.


  9. Helpful (29)

    Treatment varies greatly depending on full time or contract status. Not as good as it appears to be.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technical Solutions Specialist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Technical Solutions Specialist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Free food and snacks
    - Great computer equipment and supplies
    - Desks where you can stand or sit (although not everyone had one)
    - Library, patio, and areas to lounge
    - Gym, exercise room
    - Unique office environment
    - Well documented tools

    Cons

    - Be wary of people that bring gifts like free food, there is usually a catch. (Company tries to create an environment in which employees never leave. By trying to turn work into "home", employees do not learn to take care of themselves and be on their own.)
    - Work days are very slow to start and late to finish ie: 9am - 6pm. I'm accustomed to 8am-4:30pm or 5pm. I like to have *some* daylight when my work day is finished.
    - No flex time for contractors.
    - No benefits
    - Pay is "average" or "below average" depending on whether you are full time or contractor
    - Many employees at Google are contract employees. These people have no benefits. (All the free food in the world does not make up for the lack of a pension plan, dental coverage, stock options, or other "real" monetary benefits etc.)
    - Contract employees are used and discarded, and kept separate from full time staff
    - Contract work does not lead to full time positions
    - Contractors cannot stay for more than one year before having to leave the company
    - My manager worked remotely and was usually not present
    - Daily team stand-up meetings were frequently cancelled.
    - Employees in the same room communicate through IM rather than face to face. Isn't it faster to talk than to type?
    - Skills gained are not transferable because Google uses its own proprietary software and tools.
    - Opinions and suggestions are not welcome.
    - Employees spent code reviews nitpicking about having too many program comments. That's right: comments *about* comments!
    - Employees are dismissed? without notification. ***

    ***My badge was deactivated this morning and nobody has contacted me since! I have no idea whether I'm still an employee at Google or not. It has been 10 hours. I have never seen a situation like this before. It is outrageous. I still have personal belongings in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Try being in the building to manage employees.

    Treat contract workers like people rather than as objects to be used and thrown away.


  10. Helpful (7)

    Google protects bad managers.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, interesting challenges, great brand.

    Cons

    If you get stuck with a bad manager, in a chain of people who aim to protect that person, good luck.

    Low base salary.

    Very hard to advance.

    Some groups can be very political.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about insisting on having great managers. Managers who have proven themselves incapable of great management (or even good or neutral management) should be dealt with accordingly, not protected.


  11. Helpful (10)

    If you're not full time then you're treated like 2nd class

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

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

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

    Pros

    None really, food is good. big bldgs

    Cons

    -You pay for your food, a small fee is deducted from your paycheck.
    -You dont get treated like a human
    -You cant go to parties
    -You're looked down on by full time employees

    Advice to Management

    Respect



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