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Updated July 24, 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 (1)

    Not the best!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Recruiting Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Recruiting Coordinator in London, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work life balance, very good benefits and it is a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Mindless work, all roles and tasks so well refined that you only ever are exposed to a small part of the process/problem. You will be very quickly bored.


  2. Google Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to meet new people who have new and interesting ideas. Mostly everybody gets on very well so it feels more like a community rather than just a workplace.

    Cons

    Because there are so many talented people working at Google, it is possible that you will not get the kind of work you were initially looking for.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - YouTube Partner Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - YouTube Partner Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, amazing perks and a transparent inclusive corporate culture. Loads of international career opportunities. Very diverse and empowering environment.

    Cons

    Like many other tech companies growing larger, Google is now a big corporation and from time to time it may seem more hierarchal than it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on empowering people to innovate and come up with high-impact projects. Keep on developing skills and help employees grow in their career ambitions.


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  5. Bug test for 'continent'

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Overlord of Things in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Overlord of Things in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google

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

    Pros

    It's the internet. Like wow.

    Cons

    They beat down the competition to bad, so bad that when Google chokeslams them they may as well just stay down.

    Advice to Management

    Ice cream bars.


  6. The best....unless you're a fixed-term contractor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - London in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - London in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    First the obvious freebies for all employees and contractors: free breakfast, lunch, and snacks, access to Google gym and fitness classes, and a genuinely great office and facilities (most employees can chose a Macbook, Chromebook, or Windows laptop and many get supplied with the latest Google phones and tablets depending on the team). People are very friendly, motivated, and interesting and it is a genuinely fun workplace with lots of buzz and challenges.

    Cons

    Treatment of TVCs (temps, vendors, and contractors) varies by team and at times it feels like they are considered second-class citizens by management, or ignored altogether. TVCs in some teams can't work from home, use work equipment (laptops, mobile devices etc..) externally, aren't usually entitled to business travel, free Google swag, and most team/company meetings and social events. As a result many are left feeling a bit ostracised as "outsiders". I've never been treated like this as a contractor in my professional career and it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth like you're not trusted or fresh out of college and incompetent. Converting to a full-time employee is also very hard and being a TVC doesn't really give you a leg-up compared to external candidates. I found recruiters to be disinterested in helping me stay at Google.

    Advice to Management

    Treat TVCs better, and less like second class citizens. If you go to the effort of hiring and training them, why not invest in their future and try to find them a permanent role when the contract is up. This occurred to most TVCs in our division so I'm not just referring to my experiences.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Brilliant culture, people & perks, but becoming ungainly

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart people - Great perks (free food, gadgets) - Incredibly efficient: while bureacracy does exist and in some areas is increasing, there is vastly less than most companies. Organising a meeting with 20 people in different countries with rooms for everyone just takes a few minutes.

    Cons

    - often poor product discipline outside of the cash cows sometimes leading to whimsical shut-downs - harder and harder to get promoted - more and more scrutiny on expenses

    Advice to Management

    More careful about office shut-downs: it's hard to convey the sense of loss of job security for everyone when entire engineering offices producing great products are shut down for reasons that are unclear.


  8. Helpful (1)

    great, if youre perm!

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    - perks (free food, gym) - trusted to work autonomously - v flexible with WFH etc - great people - get things done quickly

    Cons

    - being a contractor, you do not have access to learning and development opportunities


  9. Helpful (2)

    Google was interesting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance with adequate opportunity for career development and fun a a a a a a a

    Cons

    Getting more corporate and political, a lot more red tape. Getting better though, I feel. Tends to employ overqualified people, quite often have to work overtime although work/life balance is important for them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, I feel secure in my position with your excellent support and guidance.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Looked after

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, on site food, help you get settled into area and transport to site. Good travel opportunities. Very flexible and gender equal.

    Cons

    Long hours, tight deadline. Interview process is ununnecessarily drawn out and painful, was rejected after interview twice before being called back a third time and offered position!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work, I feel secure in my position with your excellent support and guidance.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Alarming

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    • Senior Management
    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.



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