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Google Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
2,442 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Free food, free gym, plenty of autonomy and perks. Interesting speakers come into talk and we can generally set our own times and get our work done to our own rhythms.

    Cons

    Interesting projects are hard to come by outside the US hub. There is a hierarchy even if they claim there isn't. Decisions take forever - everyone's opinion is valid, yet there are too many decision makers and no decisions. Promotion is more about who you know that what you did. You will work long hours - usually till 7pm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    It is a fun place to work. Everybody is willing to teach you something new.

    Cons

    The company is a bit overwhelming

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great perks, training and compensation. Management structure can be good at times.

    Cons

    Progression can be arbitrary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had a blast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Working with smart people,
    Get to build cool stuff,
    Free food!

    Cons

    Work-life-inbalance is an issue. I guess they make it so good to stay there, that you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust those who are good at what they do. You've hired them for a reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Love it

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

    Pros

    Culture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

    Cons

    Working hours and the fact that senior management does not regards interns as added-value tool

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should consider the progression of interns

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best job in the world

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Get a chance to change the way brands do marketing in today's always on world

    Cons

    You get to work with the best and smartest people in the world who can always find a fault with anything and everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing the magic!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Leeds, England (UK)

    Pros

    Overall a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing major comes to mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting work with smart people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Consultant in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Interesting work with smart people, free food, and a focus on quantifying value keeps things lively and effective.

    Cons

    Google is now a super large company that is very executive driven, so the bottoms up innovations are few and far between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some value is not quantifiable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place, but suffering from becoming a large company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Mostly everyone in engineering is as smart as the common perception is. I didn't experience any egomaniacs or prima donnas, but there is a definite air of entitlement around. The whole technology stack is mostly built in-house and very mature, and supporting infrastructure is awesome.

    Cons

    As Google has grown out of being a startup in the last 5 years, the bureaucracy followed. It gets harder and harder to just Get Things Done, since now there are endless reviews and committees that need to sign off. Promotions are less data-driven and more horse-trading, since there are caps on numbers and justification ends up needing alliances between managers. Salary is below market, the justification being that all the (mostly intangible) benefits make up for the shortfall, and increases have been barely inflation-beating over the past few years (I'm not a low performer). Your job progression is rather limited, since you won't make a lot of impact unless you are the rockstar amongst all the rest of the 1%, and you definitely need to have a lot of ambition to fight to move upwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the feet on the ground; do more to address Googlegeist shortfalls (which haven't changed all that much in the past few years); don't let Bureaucracy Busters be just a side project -- prioritise it appropriately!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very exciting place to work with some of the smartest people in tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people out there to work with, great benefits, interesting work for the most part

    Cons

    There were very few women in senior management. Lack of mentoring for those in more junior roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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