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Google Software Engineer Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment and Good Benefits

    Cons

    Grown big, slower upwards movement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintaining the startup mentality

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Really Enjoyable Experience

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    -Great environment
    -Chill people
    -Access to A LOT OF FOOD
    -A lot of free benefits
    -The office culture is really nice - we get to do some weekend activities like watching movies and eating out

    Cons

    -A lot of progression and advancement in the company may be stunted by politics
    -Salary may be less than ideal
    -A constant pressure to innovate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great !

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Ridiculous impact

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Where else do you get to work on a product used by hundreds of millions of people?

    Cons

    Occasional excessive bureaucracy. Whiny people

    Recommends
  6.  

    Smart people tackling big problems

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, a great overall mission, fantastic perks, supportive environment, ability to achieve work/life balance.

    Cons

    You need to spend quite a bit of time learning about home-grown internal tools that you'll be using in place of popular, widespread open-source technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I am greatly enjoying what I do.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    Pros

    The culture. Specifically, the way my coworkers treat me, the way my manager treats me, the policies that affect me, the work itself, and the opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    The noise and density of the Mountain View offices. I'm introverted, and I have to use earplugs or work from home to work effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd greatly appreciate more space and more support for working alone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Paradise lost.

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

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well, it's Google:) You get exceptional perks, including subsidized massages and gourmet food. The average intelligence level of employees is very high and most of the technologies you work on are bleeding edge. The company tries to maintain open information culture and keep people aware of what is going on.

    Cons

    I've joined in 2005 and Google in 2005, Google in 2008 and Google in 2013 are 3 different companies. The early years made Google the icon for IT world and it was respectfully so. However as the company grew the engineer-centric and open culture has began to disarray and the people (mostly in mid-to-senior management) that should have never been hired started to erode this culture. Now it is becoming more and more like other big corporations. It is still a great company to work for and far better that most of what is out there, but comparing to what it could have become...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to people's career paths within the company. If someone is working on "high value product" it is almost impossible to switch the team (especially if the team you want to go to is not HVP). Avoid bureaucracy as much as possible and worry less about what other companies do (like Facebook) and get back to "industries disruptor mode" in which Google excels at.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work environment, good pay, great perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Google full-time (less than a 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
  10.  

    very good workplace

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

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

    Pros

    free lunch and snacks are great and the environment is very comfortable and approachable. one of the best places that i have ever worked at.

    Cons

    nothing to complain about, everything about the company was great and ran to perfection. i would suggest everyone give google a good look at them because they are a great company to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing keep on doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Makes you feel good about working

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA

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

    Pros

    I found the company has a very open, positive culture. Everything is better with primary colors. The longer I spent there, the more assured I felt that Google was a force for good. It's really easy to drink the Kool-Aid.

    Cons

    The work you're assigned to might not be as interesting as you hoped, given that, it is, after all, Google.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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