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Google Software Engineer Reviews

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.  

    Software Engineering Inern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Internship in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Internship in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great perks, Great smart people around

    Cons

    The host matching process is not guaranteed, which may a little painful, since sometime it takes two months and you will find that you may not get anything. Wish the host could be nicer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the host management, and on more host matching guarantees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    BEst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Everything is as good as it is in this company

    Cons

    nothing is a bad in this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i dont like to advice u on this moment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great company, but not a lot hope for temp to full-time employee conversion

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    It's the best place I've worked. Absolutely no doubt about that. High pay as a temp software engineer. Awesome software development tools. Fewer difficult prima donnas than you might expect for such an elite company. In fact my department had none.

    Cons

    I got hired as a temp with the understanding if all goes well would convert me. However, as many others have mentioned, it's quite the uphill challenge. I don't think it's because of my performance as they seem to like my contributions. It's almost as though because you are a temp, you are automatically branded as not as worthy as a FTE's. Having said that, I know one person who got converted, but he went through the same onerous interview process which he spent an entire 6 months preparing for, and had to join a completely different team.

    Don't join as a TVC thinking you'll have a better shot at getting in the door. It's actually the opposite. But if try anyways, do it with low expectations of any conversion. Temps are limited to 1 year max and then have to leave the company for 3 months before you can temp again. Note: some software engineers come in as a vendor and don't have the 1 yr restriction.

    As a TVC, you'll find roughly half the internal web pages are blocked since you are not a FTE, even ones you need to do your job, making it a frustrating experience to get things done. I often had bug coworkers to have them look something up for me, or just deal without the information I was seeking. Even the internal job postings are blocked.

    TVC=temp/vendor/contractor FTE=full time employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give more respect to TVC's. I'm not asking to be treated the same or have equal access, but if someone is performing well, give them a better shot at FTE. After all, you have already spent a lot of money up front bringing a TVC up to speed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible people, amazing tools, fantastic scale - and of course there are great things too like free food, and other perks

    Cons

    It's harder to make a big impact now that the company is so large

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I can say that one of the most great things here is the smart people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development

    Cons

    You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You could work really really long hours and pick up the slack for the rest of the team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best large companies to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Choice and quality of work.
    Pleasant managers.
    Benefits: shuttle, food.

    Cons

    You compete against the best. So harder to grow.
    Too large. Hard to get noticed unless you are a rockstar.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineer in Test - Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Really exciting projects, fun team mates, really nice benefits.

    Cons

    Work life balance was not very good and communication about expectations was horrible. My host refused to meet to discuss my progress which meant I was always in the dark.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a stronger encouragement to have hosts meet with interns or another way for them to know about how they are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice work space and free food!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's Google. Famous enough. Lots of games, free food and high payment. Nothing to be worried about.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted. Hard to get a conversion from an internship into a fulltime. Take a risk.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the people are wonderful, you learn a lot from them.

    Cons

    gotten more corporate. lots of people to convince to make substantial changes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hella dope

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Promotions that were not too long

    Cons

    not much to complain about imo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be doper and not much else

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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