Google Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

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

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5.  

    Challenging

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great perks, mediocre career opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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