Google
4.2 of 5 2,286 reviews
www.google.com Mountain View, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 11, 2014
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4.2 2,286 reviews

                             

96% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(1,213 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development"
    in 98 reviews
  • "Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro"
    in 211 reviews
Cons:
  • "This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging"
    in 94 reviews
  • "Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it"
    in 70 reviews
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    Awesome, except I was on contract.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Proscampus perks and the people are really awesome

    Conscommunication is all over the place

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interview experience at Mountain View

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsAwesome place to work and play

    ConsCompany is too far and not much internet facility available

    Advice to Senior ManagementDont spy on online life of people

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOffice Culture, Perks, Personal Growth, Free food, free bus rides

    ConsNo balance between work and personal life

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    Great

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsGood culture. Wacky HQ. Good Perks

    ConsBad management, some leaders take things not so seriously

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse your theoretical skills as they are your tools of your trade

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing company!!!

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsI have something to compare with. This is the place where you can spend life working on interesting problems, and picking the team where you want to work.

    ConsNone. I mean it. It is a corporation now, but still most of the things are very very reasonable

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good but not great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSuper work culture I say

    ConsNot so super work timings I say

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing experience with a few bumps

    Internal Technical Support (Former Employee)
    Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsGreat atmosphere, great people, great work, great ambitions, and great food. Google has a positive outlook on the world, and strives to make it a reality. I loved working with so many talented, insightful, and human people.

    ConsHiring can easily take six months, even internally. This leads to a drop in worker retention overall.

    The job can be very demanding, and sometimes the team-scale management doesn't know exactly what they want out of their teams. New groups growing and sunsetting often means that metrics need to be measured often, but sometimes they have no idea what metrics to use. This can cause some teammates to "fall behind" the rest when quantity outweighs quality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe willing to work with your colleagues in order to best understand how to leverage their strengths. Trying to shove people into roles they may not be suited for should be avoided at all costs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    Pros- Definitely Google provides the best perks...food, events, gym, lots of learning opportunities and cultural activities. It's like a living in a grown up college campus.
    - Great people to work with. Most of my teammates were emotionally balanced, pleasant, intelligent and fun.

    Cons- As my department grew they started having too many middle management (several 'directors' in one team? really?) and it was not really clear why they're here.
    - Too many re-orgs just for re-orgs sake, or just to create some work for those managers. One team I worked with were bounced back and forth between 3 different departments within 2 years because of this.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dynamic and difficult

    Intern (Former Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    Prosthe offices inspire creativity. most importantly the executives are easily available and this allows for great insight on current projects.

    Consone of the big issues was the lack of flexibility. it is very difficult if almost impossible to get a few days off to travel ext..

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Caring and down to earth employees

    Software Development Engineer (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsBeing able to show up to work dressed causally and not too stressful environment which allowed for growth and learning.

    ConsThe entrance exam was very difficult and there were alot of background checks undertaken before the job was actually started. This made for a very stressful first impression but quickly got better as the process progressed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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