Google Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 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.  

    Not too shabby

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Awesome company to work for especially as your first job, Exceptional people, amazing offices, and very creative environment

    Cons

    Not much change in pay until a very long time . Pay is good but stagnant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay over a period of time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Highly competitive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    There is no shortage of very bright people to bounce things off of and to give you really good feedback about the problems with which you are wrestling.

    Cons

    There are a few highly competitive people here that put their advancement ahead of getting the most out of the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We good do a better job about bridging the decision makers who lack knowledge of the capabilities of the technology and the technical folks who have to make design choices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Love the autonomy and the benefits

    Cons

    Super hard, but there is lots of room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love you guys to death man

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    As good as a big company can get

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

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    awesome benefits, good pay, reasonable company values

    Cons

    Google Boston does not get much interesting work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Had a great time, loved my work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    The best reason work at Google, by a long shot, is that all people you will work with are not only able to do their job, their often so bright that one might consider them over-qualified.

    Cons

    It's tough to find a new job after having been spoiled by this incredible company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smile more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    strongly recommend this company, it is worth for working and paying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    It is the best for programmer, you can learn a lot from other excellent people. So strongly recommend google. it is worth for working and paying

    Cons

    it is not easy to enter and you must work hard and maybe you have to take much pressure. But it is worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Incredible people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You work with the smartest engineers in the world. You solve very difficult problems. You eat delicious food.

    Cons

    You eat too much delicious food. On a more serious note, it may be a bit difficult to separate work from life because of how closely Google seems to integrate its people. You'll have to work very hard to have a life outside of your code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recruitment process sometimes seems a little messy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 10 people found this helpful  

    Good company and perqs; work itself is often lacking in substance and satisfaction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    * World-class, brilliant coworkers
    * Excellent benefits and physical environment
    * Above-average total compensation compared to other local companies
    * Some groups do very cutting-edge work

    Cons

    * Much of the work is not interesting
    * Mid-level executive leadership is questionable
    * "Death march" schedules and random priority changes becoming more common
    * No career path from engineer to having substantive influence over what gets worked on
    * Too many overqualified people forced into work that's beneath their abilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eric seems to be on the ball, but I'm less impressed by many of our VPs. I feel like I'm being assigned to projects as a lowest-common-denominator coder, because it's too complicated to keep track of what people are good at in an organization this size. I also feel that any insight I might have is basically unwanted and my job is to shut up and write code to support other people's visions. It's not an inherently very satisfying job, and I think it's going to become harder for Google to continue to attract top people if something doesn't change.

    Approves of CEO

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