Google Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
2,503 Reviews
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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 115 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 241 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 82 reviews)

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  1.  

    It's Google

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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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart people. Good engineering practices. Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor. Lots of opportunities for travel. Interesting projects. Compensation and benefits very generous. Lots of cool perks, fun offsites etc.

    Cons

    Capricious high-level management direction, some projects don't make sense. Working across many time zones in distributed offices is challenging at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard work, but worth it.

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    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer III  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer III in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies in the world to work for.

    Cons

    If you want work-life balance, you have to be the one to take the initiative. It won't just be handed to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Smartest people ever

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are amazing, everyone is super talented and smart. Food & other perks are generous. For a large company, has a superbly impressive culture and responsiveness to employees' desires.

    Cons

    Individual team/group culture varies widely, some are a lot more "fun" to work on than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategically: keep it up! Larry is doing a great job internally. From a communications standpoint, I miss the days of Eric as CEO, as he's just so great at talking to the press and representing the company externally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    great company and culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    flexibility, focus on opportunity, great people, great culture

    Cons

    lack of diversity, difficult to see impact

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intense environment of hyper-competitive "A" players

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    Current Employee - Analytical Lead  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    It is an amazing place to challenge yourself. There are lots of perks, but at least from my experience you are going to work very hard to keep them.

    Cons

    You haven't seen politics like this Neverland before. Rich people that got in early, or industry professionals who have had too much reality to adapt is the norm. Ivy League MBAs are a dime a dozen. Egos are huge, and sometimes warranted. You will feel small time, and like an idiot for a long while after you start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I knew where the hell their head was at half the time I'd offer my .02 but money keeps rolling in and crazy ambition is always the M.O.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing place, strong culture but not perfect for mid / senior level managers

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incredible culture; great transparency and excellent communication between senior management and the rest of the company. Very smart, motivated and fun people to work with. Incredibly fast paced and forward thinking company. Generally, very good products which are constantly improved on. Google is very consumer centric and also fast to learn and improve its products.

    Cons

    Google can be extremely competitive and is unrelenting in its pace. More importantly, for senior or mid level management you can hit a glass ceiling. The company is very product / eng driven which can at times be frustrating for sales & marketing people. Google is not organized structurally for employees looking for GM or P&L experience. It's too functionally structured for that. If you want to eventually manage a business then unless you're a product / eng person this might not be the right place for you.

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

    Best company ever created in human history

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong vision, execution, best pay / perks, seriously aiming to make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Internal competition, more top down these days than before, but still better than any other company outside.
    Too many Directors (compared to T7s), many incompetent ones, very difficult to move up in some part of the company, which serves as a reason why competent people leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesomeness

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    awesome work place and perks

    Cons

    none, nope, zero, not at all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Google company review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Had an excellent experience working here, many great perks and amazing compensation working full of visionaries

    Cons

    The only con would be to have more opportunities for contracts to be full-time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    best ever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    paid well, good management, excellent training

    Cons

    absolutely none, can't think of one

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