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Updated March 20, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is extremely hard (in 122 reviews)

  • Big company so it takes time to know who's doing what (in 93 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    If they ever rebrand as a restaurant I'd definitely eat there.

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Recruiter in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The food is absolutely fantastic, and most offices are genuinely cool.

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer you will be working surrounded by a collection of people scared to get in the way of the engineers. The amount of legacy systems in HR and recruitment were just astonishing. Zero priority.

    Some people are nice, some aren't. The Googleyness thing basically boils down to "never give bad feedback". Management is terrified of direct feedback, and "anonymous" queries that result in less than good grades will be pursued until people change them. As a result, there's a yes culture where people are basically grateful for being there, and not able/eager to change or improve anything that did not come from the top.

    Even on the engineering side of things: sure, if you are working in Google X you'll probably be doing cool stuff. The blunt of the rest is basically tweaking ads. Don't forget, 90% of revenue comes from online advertisement. A proportional amount of engineering time is devoted to make sure it continues that way.

    Let's skip the disregard for privacy because this is bad enough :)

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about bad feedback. It's the only way to improve.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Do no evil? Guess not..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free to do random stuff

    Cons

    Focus on academics means lack of proper direction
    It's all changing

    Advice to Management

    Hire some great people, rather than the phd's who pass your silly interview questions and then cant actually produce deliverables...


  3. Helpful (11)

    Google: change is needed to avoid complacency & loss of competitive edge

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    2 types of people that will find a great place to work: (1) recent college or B-school graduates looking for a first job where they can learn a lot, and (2) more senior corporate executives with many years of experience who aren't overly ambitious and are looking for a role where they can put life on auto-pilot and glide through their day-to-day activities.

    Cons

    There is no clear career progression, and senior management is arrogant.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees based on achievements as opposed to favoritism by one's direct line manager. Ensure that rewards / bonuses / promotions are not entirely up to one person (ie the specific team manager), and instead need to factor in feedback and opinions that the direct line manager cannot overrule.



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