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  1. Helpful (1)

    Alarming

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    Former Intern - Junior Developer
    Former Intern - Junior Developer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work and gain experience as an intern. Good stepping stone to build a career in the industry.

    Cons

    No cons that I can remember at the moment. Although I do remember the pay not being too great at the time.

  2. Great employer (Was an MBA intern)

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    Former Employee - MBA Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Intrapreneurial
    - Ability to make a terrific impact in a short amount of time
    - Exposure to one of the best technologies
    - Treated fairly well and almost equal as employees

    Cons

    - Sometimes you may have to do projects that are not necessarily innovative or make the best use of your skills
    - Access to data that is needed for your job is hard to come by. It is always a constant struggle to convince the right folks to grant you access

  3. I have had an overall positive experience working at this company, and would be likely to suggest others to work there.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You meet some of the most interesting and intelligent people around.

    Cons

    Really disorganized for a company of it's size, at least in the marketing department.

    Advice to Management

    Don't innovate for the sake of innovation, focus yourself

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  5. Helpful (14)

    Cult of growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competent and mostly helpful colleagues. Extreme amount of information accessible. Very powerful tools. Huge infrastructure for experimenting. Memegen.

    Cons

    Cult of growth. Everything is measured, quantified and evaluated in terms of growth and impact. Exponential growth is expected in every single metric: number of projects, number of users, lines of code, impact, whatever. If something stops growing, it usually gets killed. Do you remember Google Reader? It stopped growing. Look out for your own stats, and get transferred quickly if you stop growing at your current place.

    Lack of focus. Hyperactive and very disruptive development in most areas, with user experience neglected. It is starting to hit back (as of 2014-2015). Unfortunately, I can't go into details on the consequences of this one, due to confidentiality.

    Chaos. There is no stable point, everything changes all the time. All documentation is unfinished and/or outdated. Very few people have the 'big picture' and they don't have time to share it, because they have to chase their own growth. Reorganization is continually happening. People come and go, teams come and go, products come and go. Usually we move 3-4 times a year. Noogler onboarding is often forgotten. There's a story about a noogler haunting the buildings for 2 months before finding out whom he reported to. I'm not sure if that ever happened, but I've seen people wandering around for several days. (Now I have the routine to spot them and help finding their team.)

    Long working hours and stress. This is most prevalent in SRE, but many development teams experience it, too.

    Cult vocabulary. There are hundreds of words for common things. On top of that, all projects have their internal codenames, and sometimes 3-4 different names refer to the same thing. You can speak whole sentences with words that only googlers understand. Willpower, Ikea, magnet, batman, etc.: those words do not mean what you think they mean.

    Location-specific issues. The company is centered around Mountain View, and you are almost certainly required to move there if you become important. Other sites (especially non-US sites) provide significantly less perks and choices.
    Mountain View is extremely crowded, and facilities can't keep up with the growth. Property prices are crazily inflated by googlers, and traffic is bad for the same reason.
    London still has some office space, but it pays much less than other sites, while living costs are the same or higher. The company sets the salaries based purely on industry average, not on living costs. The London benchmark seems to be flawed. You can't afford to rent any decent flat near the office, and commute is awful during peak times.
    Offices are open plan everywhere. Waiting for male toilets is very common at most sites.
    With regards to quality of life, the Zurich site is the most livable in Europe, and maybe New York in the US (until Eric Schmidt applies his stupid crowdedness-makes-you-creative theory).

    Advice to Management

    Allow people to focus on one thing, even if it slows growth down. It results in better quality and less fixing later.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Wasted opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    It's google
    fun culture
    great salaries
    great benefits
    It really looks good on your CV
    Some chances of advancement

    Cons

    nepotism
    too many working hours
    you have to carry the weight of many genius slackers
    company doesn't really help to keep up with current techologies

  7. Great perks

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks of working at Google are exceptional. The people are experienced, very sharp and command great authority in the market

    Cons

    No President's club - doesn't offer high incentives for over 100% achievement

    Advice to Management

    Provide a better balance between the different business units

  8. Helpful (1)

    Creative Specialist

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    Former Contractor - Creative Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Creative Specialist in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I never met so many clever people working together.

    The environment was fun and welcoming.

    Cons

    Very "sales" driven environment depending of the department.

    It was more corporate than I expected and a lot of time wasted on meetings, etc. etc....

  9. very good company to work for. it gives you plenty of opportunity to build up an excellent career. good work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    it is the best work environment

    Cons

    it is geographically limited to italy

  10. Excellent place to work, tackling growing pains

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    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    large autonomy, ability to have huge impact. I can choose what projects I want to work on, and how I want to solve things. I have the ability to make changes that have a huge impact on my team, Google as a whole, and the word if I so choose.

    Cons

    lack of transferable skills. Many tools and technologies are Google-only, and I feel that my skills from the real world have atrophied significantly.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Google: willing to work at a constant fast pace, can be rewarded

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people. Life long friends. Friendly culture that has not changes with massive growth. Collaboration.

    Cons

    Always changing, fast paced, performance focused environment. Might prove testing for people who don't manage their work/life balance well.

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