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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place to be, but lots of politics and pay isn't competitive

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    Current Employee - Accpunt Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accpunt Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great place, amazing benefits, good perks, strong company culture. You work with very smart people, which makes it an amazing place to learn the basics of the media industry

    Cons

    Extra competition, people are very smart and may use their brains to get ahead of you.
    Pay is too low for junior levels, impossible to live well with that salary in London.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being politicians, in the UK promotions are only based on internal visibility rather than good client work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Fun place to be

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Bright people all around you

    Cons

    Too much focus on some individuals

  3. The true reality of Google's "Promised Land"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Partner Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Partner Brand Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance (you can practically work anywhere in the office without feeling micromanaged). Have the say that the perks at Google are what keep people here -- free breakfast, lunch and gym.

    Cons

    My experience has been that unless you start your career at Google, it is very difficult to come into this work place and be seen as an added-value team member. In fact, I found that as a contractor, you are looked down upon as admin support as opposed to someone who can actually bring some outside experience and perspective to the team. My general experience has been that Google can be a bit clicky and that it is tough to build relationships with people ( even if you are a naturally social person). Another down side was the surprise that salaries were quite lower at Google than are at most other places with similar job roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify talent early and keep those who truly bring value to your business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Interviewed at Google

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Google is the best company in the world and its a pleasure to work there

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons, I think there are no cons at all

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful

    Not what it looks like

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    - smart people
    - free food
    - you learn a lot
    - opens all doors
    - nice and eductational atmosphere
    - you can leave the office whenever you feel like having a break

    Cons

    - bad mid management
    - even worse team-leads. Either they are super good or super bad.
    - trainings are all internal and with G-products, so conveying certain skills to other non-Google related are difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before promoting someone to team lead check if they are 'really' qualified

  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Great experience, but all consuming

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I'll miss my team and the people the most, Google has done a great job in hiring over the years. The fast pace (for such a large company) is very exciting, and the autonomy (once you have proven yourself) is great for people who relish that. Also the values are strong and the ability to innovate and really push for new developments and advances in your role and function are really well supported

    Cons

    For people outside the US, increasingly becoming too US (well Valley) centric - aside from regional roles most of the interesting senior roles are based there, beware if you are in Europe or elsewhere globally. Drain of people moving there as the only means to further their careers. Also politics (as with any big company) is rife and silo's strong. Finally don't expect to have much of a life outside of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long term, need to build a more inclusive global strategy as concentrating in the Valley is an introspective approach for a major global player

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great perks (food, gym), great kudos.

    Cons

    Was not inspired by the work I was doing, there are lots of smart people doing very mundane jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push the interns harder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Great if you're an engineer, not so great if you're in UX or not in Mountain View

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, cool projects and great colleagues. You have to find the right project though, where the team does appreciate UX as that's not always the case. Manage that and you'll have a blast. Also great benefits (good pension, medical insurance plus things like gym membership, and of course free food) and a very decent salary.

    Cons

    Google doesn't really seem to understand UX. Design decisions are often made by committee and based on technology or what the VP likes. The UX designer then gets the job of painting the pixels. There's also little understanding of the different roles within UX (visual designer, interaction designer, researcher). I find the work very simple and repetitive do miss the more interesting bits of UX design (conceptual, strategical work)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    - Relaxed environment
    - Considerate to personal needs
    - Great benefits
    - Growing business

    Cons

    - Poor on boarding
    - In experienced work colleagues
    - Poor management
    - too many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Great perks, mediocre career opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great benefits, this is the main reason people site for working at Google. My colleagues were fantastic and make my daily life at Google much happier.

    Cons

    Your job is generally dreadfully boring, so the good perks are the only thing you can really look for to. Once these are taken away I'm not really sure why someone would want to work there, usually perhaps you are an engineer.
    There is no real career growth at Google, because no one wants to leave, this forces the best talent to leave the firm prematurely while the good old boys keep their well paid jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve career prospects if you want people to stick around longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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