Google Reviews in Zürich

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 127 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 114 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Company. Amazing to work in a high growth org with super smart folks.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Director in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    High growth - Immense opportunities
    Flexibility
    High quality benefits

    Cons

    You are IN or you are OUT. No middle ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Software Engineer Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Good food
    Good working hours
    Great culture
    cool environment
    Great work colleagues
    Great perks

    Cons

    It was sometimes hard to meet individuals from my background who could relate to my struggles during orientation.At some instances I was so frustrated with the company infrastructure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fulfilling experiene

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for work.
    Awesome food and people

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

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

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - interesting work
    - good salary
    - many fringe benefits
    - flexible working hours
    - free unlimited phone service
    - consistent schedule
    - Open communication
    - good work life balance
    - green company that cares about the environment

    Cons

    - none i can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to empower you employees, it makes a difference. Also, don't sell out for the highest bidder if it means the new company will destroy what we have built.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to acquire skills and social circle for starting your own business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great insight into the high-quality software development process.
    First class experience in the design of the reliable and robust cloud services.
    Smart and creative coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor career growth opportunities: 1) too few steps in the career ladder; 2) convoluted promotion process.
    As the company is instantly growing, problems in the inter team communication become more visible.
    Technologies used inside Google in the wide majority of cases are not available externally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome place to work with incredibly talented colleagues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Immensely diverse and talented workforce, fantastic perks and working conditions. It feels like the most global company in the world. As an employee of Google you feel that you're in the center of the biggest innovations happening right now, and if you're are self-motivated and diligent you will be able to accomplish a lot in this company.

    Cons

    As the company gets larger and larger there's lot of red tape to deal with, and more levels of management are placed up the ladder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most awesome place I've ever worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Food - they keep us well fed with only the best and healthiest
    People - this is by far the biggest asset of the company. The high hiring bar maintains the high standards, and despite a people crunch they'd rather not hire at all, than lower the bar.
    Ethics - the company is awesome at doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Competitive - what you get when you hire A-types.
    Career path not always available due to staffing/headcount/growth/project location

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 14 people found this helpful  

    Great people and technology with fair amount of internal problems.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and talented engineers.
    Great people overall: very passionate about what they do and generally very dedicated to the job and their employer.
    Very cool technology at an incredible scale on the infrastructure side. It's a great machinery.
    Ability to see all code and work on anything you want, at least as a 20% project.

    Cons

    Working from outside Mountain View can be tough: from late hour meetings, to generally having at least
    20% less influence/impact than you'd have if you were in Mountain View, especially
    on the making decisions side and driving projects.

    Fair amount of politics and fighting for key projects, bad co-ordination between teams
    working in similar areas.

    The occasional suck-up and getting promoted if you're vocal. But I wouldn't say that's the norm though.

    Low salaries compared to quality of people and hard work done.

    High difference in salaries depending on where you came from and how good
    you were at negotiating them.
    Very unscrupulous at negotiating everything when it comes to money (from
    salaries to anything else).
    Very unscrupulous at using their brand and positive
    image advantage to the maximum in such negotiations. They treat
    you like you always have to give something up from your side for
    the privilege of working with / for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make Google a truly distributed company. Treat employees fairly when it comes to compensation.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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