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Updated Jul 30, 2014
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4.2 2,331 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(1,242 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    The best working environment in the world

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFree food nice people very good pay

    ConsThere is no con about google its amazing

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    Great Company to Work for but Maybe Not Forever

    Inside Sales Representative (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe Google company culture is everything it's been built up to be. It's like working on a college campus with your friends but you really do get to do cool things that matter. You will have to opportunity to make the world a better place and help other companies use Google products to better their own businesses.

    You'll truly get to work with great teams and will find a lot of people who care about your success and are willing to help. Support from management is pretty good overall.

    The food is also fantastic.

    ConsGoogle does employ a lot of people on one year contracts. It is actually more difficult to become a full-time employee while in a contractor role than it seems to be coming from outside Google.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople who have been here for a year are a real asset to the company. They are familiar with the products and the way the company operates. They are allowed to leave and excel at other companies once their contracts expire. Management may want to rethink that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The best employer I've ever had

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsEveryone without exception is very good at their job. The work is interesting and varied, the perks and compensation are great, and there's very little of the normal corporate BS that tends to distract people from their job at other companies.

    ConsBecause the bar is so high and the pool is so talented, it seems that sometimes people would would excel at other companies have a hard time keeping up here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe upper management doesn't always do exactly what I would want them to do at first, but one nice thing about Google is that everyone throughout the company is given a voice, and often decisions can be affected or overridden by the will of the masses, usually for the better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I love Google Park and the food it provided

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsMany friends here, and it's closed to San Francisco

    ConsYes, we need to deal with different problems here everyday, including some challenging part

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe should organize more gathering, and introduce more to our interns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Huge but incredible

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDespite it's size, Google continues to innovate, treat it's employees well, and have tough problems to solve. You can't go wrong by getting a job here. There are so many teams that if you don't find the perfect fit at first, just keep looking (which is easy!) and you'll probably find something to enjoy.

    ConsYou won't work at the speed of a startup, even if you join a small team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome company to work for

    Strategic Partner Development Lead (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prossalary, stocks, work life balance, management, peers, it is a dream to work here everyday!

    ConsPromotions are very hard to get

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for focusing on projects with a global scale, but slowing down as it gets bigger.

    Product Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsWork with very smart people
    Work on global scale projects that an have a huge impact
    Great work environment with a lot of perks
    Amazing company culture

    ConsSpeed of projects slowing down as company gets bigger (more politics, processes to follow, etc.)
    Growth, promotions, and challenges also slowing down as company grows

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great culture, passionate people, not so great for contractors

    University Programs (Current Employee)

    Pros-pay is good
    -great culture
    -the on site benefits are amazing!
    - free swag
    -great brand recognition

    Cons- as a contractor no one sincerely cares about your growth
    - they expect you to move pretty fast when they are hiring you
    - the contract model for university recruiting is a bit off putting as you need to develop long term relationships
    -being a contractor DOES NOT mean you will get converted into a full time employee. In fact the probability is low.
    -positions are very sighloed meaning you will NOT be responsible for full cycle recruiting but rather, front end recruiting only, programs only, sourcing only etc.
    -management is not forthcoming with changes in the organization

    Advice to Senior Management-Give advice/growth opportunities to contractors and treat them with the same respect you would a full time employee
    -spend time thinking about how a contractor might feel when doing off-sites and debriefs
    -convert contractors
    -managers should know their teams from top to bottom and be capable of providing advice for every person on their team

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Awesome company, awful experience

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsAwesome company, amazing founders and senior management, and ofcourse, great perks. You feel a sense of pride, accomplishment and excitement walking into work every morning.

    ConsWhile company is great, your particular team and work experience could be awful. You could work really really long hours and pick up the slack for the rest of the team. Many managers hire accomplished and seasoned staff, primarily, to make up for their own lack of experience and knowledge. So you may find yourself without proper guidance, and in the position of a workhorse. This company is best for people who join fresh out of college and grow within the org....many others, will be taking many steps back in their careers and work hard and long on a job that can be frustrating just to be a 'googler'.

    Advice to Senior Management- Hire people for the job level that is on par with their level and responsibilities in the market. Else, 5 years later, you will end up with many disgruntled and dispassionate employees, and others, will leave.
    - Develop clear job descriptions
    - Study the job satisfaction of Googlers in technical roles that fall under and are managed by non-technical Googlers (e.g. in Sales).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bad Time to be in the Sales Org

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsThe benefits and perks of working at Google are outstanding. As a whole, I think the company does care about its employees, at the highest levels.

    ConsThe sales org is a big bureaucratic mess.
    Most decisions are made by upper management with a very short-term focus - and everyone has to play along - to get that director his/her next bonus.
    Promotions are 100% driven by politics vs. how you perform in your core role.
    There are much better parts of the company to be in - but you won't be able to get in to them in the Ann Arbor office. The good roles are all centralized in Mountain View.
    HR here is evil. Any move you make, they will look for ways to claw back your merit increases and even make you sign that you will not negotiate salary if you get an offer. Then give you a poor offer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up more roles to remote offices.
    Promote for core role competency vs. side projects and politics.
    Promote more from within vs. external hires (who have 2+ years learning curve).
    Make HR less evil.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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