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Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
2,809 Reviews
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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 company, smart people, bright future

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Company brand, integrity, strong future
    Company motto holds true
    pay, bonus
    work is challenging

    Cons

    is still a business - there is the usual baggage (politics, personal clashes, etc.) though probably less than most companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Customer Service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Simple for every body and any where

    Cons

    Customer Service should be improved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect to Customer through CRM

  3.  

    Still good company to work, but gets too big to operate, perk cut every year.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Good perks
    ok salary
    lots of smart people

    Cons

    Less compensation every year.
    Hired too rapid

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's what you make of it

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

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

    Pros

    - Working with smart, effective people: The average intelligence level here is considerably higher than anyplace else I've worked, and the people tend to be very diligent. When I need assistance from another engineer or another team, I typically get quick and effective help. Office politics exist, but compared to anywhere else I've worked they're not a problem.

    - Compensation / perks: I'm very satisfied with my compensation. The assorted perks are pretty valuable as well -- the food and fitness facilities are my favorites.

    - Work/life balance: From reading other reviews here it seems that experiences in this area vary. But mine have been excellent. I rarely work over 40 hours a week, and when I do it's because I personally feel engaged by what I'm working on, never because of pressure from my manager or team lead. I almost never check work emails during evenings or weekends, and when I come in to the office in the morning I don't find that they've been emailing me during that period. I actually have gotten gentle pushback from my team lead when I asked if he could log in from home later in the evening to review/approve a change I wanted to submit.

    Cons

    - Impostor syndrome: The flip side of working with so many smart and effective people is that it can be difficult to recognize your own value; if you're used to being the smartest guy in the room and suddenly you're surrounded by people who are at or above your ability, that can be a bit of a blow to the ego. I eventually worked through this, but it took the better part of a year.

    - Slow ramp-up: One of the drivers of impostor syndrome for me was that it took me a lot longer to find my footing and get effective here than at other jobs. Some of that is on me for not asking more questions, but I think more proactive support from leadership might have helped. The environment at Google is very unique and there's a lot to learn before an engineer can get things done.

    - Living in a bubble: The perks and so on make life at Google very comfortable. I can imagine that leaving that bubble will get difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to call work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Freedom of creativity. I am able to create my own responsibilities and the folks I work with are incredibly intelligent, creating world changing consumer products.

    Cons

    It's really important to stay ahead of the group I support, but given things change on a daily basis, priorities are never the same from day to day. I don't consider this to be a con, but its something to consider. You must be adaptable as well as have a great sense of humor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company, great culture, some of the best people I've ever met

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

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

    Pros

    -Amazing people
    -Very few companies are innovating at this scale
    -Can move around internally, by location or fuction, pretty easily
    -Amazing place to learn, build network and gain perspective that is hard to get elsewhere
    -Company culture is fantastic. People can really be themselves and that is embraced.

    Cons

    -Becoming a bigger company
    -Promotions can be frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moving up is becoming very difficult. Promotion cycles and performance review system are very frustrating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    amazing place

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Respects employees, smart and caring colleagues, lots of freedom

    Cons

    Should work and improve the hiring process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix hiring process to reduce the false positives.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Computer Science Academy Resident

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Smart people
    Lots of opportunities within the company
    Working on bleeding edge technologies

    Cons

    High emphasis on technical and less emphasis on other skills. If you are a Back-end guy this is the place for you but if you are a front-end and UI person there is less respect to your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The high emphasis on pure technical work create less room for people with different set of skills essential for success of products like Google +.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not too shabby

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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Pretty good workplace, free food

    Cons

    Bad work life balance, buses aren't on time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Maybe the Greatest Company of our Generation

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

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

    Pros

    Super inspiring mission. Lots of really interesting projects. Amazing people, many of whom have been at Google for a very long time. Able to move around and guide your own career.

    Cons

    Some people aren't happy in their current roles and don't know how to navigate a change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More career management. I wish everyone at Google could be as happy as I am. Its not the case and I think we could do more to support people's mobility inside the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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