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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 person found this helpful  

    It's good.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Monica, CA

    ProsI like the technology, culture and perks in Google. I like the fact that Google has many offices all over the world.

    ConsIt grows to 30,000 employees by the end of 2011. and It starts to show similar problems as the previous big companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey should focus on our main business such as search, ads, mobile and make progress faster. Don't create more intermediate layers in hierarchy.

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    factory worker

    Associate (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosfree food, gym, perks. big name for recognition.

    ConsCompany big on branding human resources w/ employees at the top of the hierarchy, and then contractors , and finally temp workers. Badges identify status with the company. Contractors and temps restricted to only work-site building/zone.

    Advice to Senior Managementvalue people because every contributes to the empire

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    Excellent, but Stressful.

    Intern (Former Employee) Cambridge, MA

    ProsGreat infrastructure, great technology, great food (bad for keeping fit though).

    ConsSlow process from idea to launch, too many hoops to run through.
    Infrastructure not easily transferable outside of Google.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore efficient ways to go from ideas to launch.

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, glad to have worked there

    (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsBrilliant coworkers.
    Culture promotes continuous learning. There's a famous author, artist or industry leader giving a talk or performance at the company every week.
    Amazing perks. 50% match in 401k.

    ConsInexperienced middle managers who are where they are because they were strong individual contributors, and not necessarily strong people managers.
    Becoming more and more political.
    Lack of autonomy in your job. Decisions, even the most inconsequential, seem to be made by a few people in each department.
    Few career advancement opportunities.
    No work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your employees and managers to make more decisions on their own. Allow for more risk taking and autonomy.
    Hire, promote and value leaders who excel at developing and managing people. Make managing employees a full time job, not something to be done only during review time. Managers who remain hands on end up competing with their own direct reports.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    It is very tiring

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsThe free food is good.

    ConsThe working hours are long. The pay is not worth all the time spent at work. Management is not great.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLess micromanagement and a better review process would be great. Also, consider hiring more people. There's enough money to go around...

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    It is very hecting and demanding but it looks good on my resume while I'm searching for something better.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFree food, great benefits, young colleagues.

    ConsDemanding projects, forced to work nights just to meet deadlines, threatened to be fired.

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Not the place for good recruiters.

    Leadership Recruiter (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsLike Disneyland, great food, fun environment, fantastic resources and a shuttle! Overall really great environment to be in.

    ConsCan't get anything done, so much red tape. As a Recruiter you are really just a paper shuffler and Hiring managers rule the roost so if they are incompetent then your hands are tied and there is no way to be successful. Huge company politics are in play and it is difficult to figure out who to align yourself with. If a process isn't working there is no way to effect any real change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire Recruiters who know what they are doing and let them manage the hiring managers. Split recruiting into three levels, paper pushers for junior roles, mid to senior level recruiters and executive recruiters. Recruiters who are working on mid to executive level positions should be of a high caliber and be viewed as consultants who's expertise is needed and respected. Set them up to be successful and provide an ats system that actually works and make it mandatory to keep data in the system and not on a bunch of spreadsheets.

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    Fast paced, lots of work, lots of reward, smart people, great values and respect.

    Manager, Online Sales & Operations (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe following is related to sales operations management.
    You'll work with very smart people, and get a lot of support and feedback around doing your best work. Most senior managers have great knowledge, a lot of advice to offer, and value open, transparent communication.
    You'll likely work the hardest you've ever worked at Google, but you'll also be greatly rewarded. Also, Google makes it very easy to work your hardest, and that's a huge bonus if you're interested in super-charging your career.
    Example (day in the life): take free shuttle to work; use available corp vehicles to run daytime errands; grab a hand brewed coffee and gourmet breakfast before starting work; communicate with brightest in your industry during the day; visit a tech-talk and learn something new; workout in the gym w/ a trainer before lunch; have lunch with a colleague at 1 of >15 free themed cafes; grab an espresso shot from the micro-kitchen on way to your desk; collaborate on a new project with someone in a different working group; back to your own work; quick $5 chair massage to rejuvenate; swing by tech-stop on way to grab a new mouse, before your professional desk ergonomic consultation begins; more work; grab gourmet dinner starting at 6:30; woah, it's late - time to go home; grab late (8:30) shuttle home. (I guess i'll have to do my laundry for free at work tomorrow).

    ConsGoogle is changing, and it's experiencing some growing pains.
    There are new projects and focus areas every week, and the grouping of functions and teams changes constantly. As a result, managers are responsible to new macro functional groups, and new projects or focus areas every month or so. This seems an unnecessary distraction, amounting to 25% superfluous work.
    The change in org structure has made it hard to maintain the career path of your choice. Instead, you must choose from available Google-centric career paths. These are not always (or often) composed of conventional roles, since Google is both changing rapidly, and unconventional to begin with.
    Most of the people hired at Google 5+ years ago, don't have the credentials to be hired there today. This complicates internal transfers, even though HR attempts to solve that issue.
    Those joining Google from acquisitions are rarely hirable at Google in any other way, yet their experience and contributions once onboard are typically at par. This again complicates the internal transfer process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more accommodating to veteran Googlers. The company is changing very fast, and they need active guidance to navigate successfully. Active - not reactive.
    Be more direct when providing guidance and mentoring to all managers and direct reports. Google is getting a bit too "careful", and I've found that more managers these days are reluctant to tell it like it is, for fear of appearing undiplomatic. Diplomacy and tact should make a manager a better communicator, not a constrained one.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Good work!

    Intern (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsSmart and driven people, managers open and willing to speak with you.

    ConsParty culture, some people seem to be there for the perks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very nice company to work for

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsRespect engineers in decision making.
    A lot of mobility in moving into projects
    Information open to everyone and transparent process
    World-class peers to work with

    ConsThe work-life balance is hard to achieve

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the openness

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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