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Pros:
  • "All things considered, workload was manageable and work/life balance was great"
    in 78 reviews
  • "Free food even for contractors (red badge employees)"
    in 195 reviews
Cons:
  • "This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging"
    in 81 reviews
  • "Getting slower as it's a big company - but probably still the best of its size"
    in 59 reviews
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Rough introduction followed by good job.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

ProsWe are plied with small perks like espresso and organic vegetables.

ConsThe first month was very rough for me. I was given no real introduction to the company, and had to learn by fire. The security restrictions on your personal computer and network get in the way of productivity, and are generally frustrating. I need to have a field tech come to my workstation to install software that doesn't happen to be whitelisted.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take away sudo on linux machines. Make Noogler classes available to contractors.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting work and smart people, but very hierarchical

User Experience Designer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Google

ProsGreat benefits, smart people, good connections, looks great on resume, interesting projects, provides transportation if applicable, lots of resources and funding for projects

ConsHierarchical, lots of levels of management, not a design focused company, "the more features the better" perspective, some copying of other startup ideas.

Advice to Senior Managementfocus on new products are are simple and innovative rather than stuffing every possible feature in each product.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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There are many things to love about working at Google, but the PEOPLE that work here are the best.

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

ProsPick a passion and run with it. You make your career at Google, not your manager.

ConsMBA/Mckinsey management takeover has depleted the entrepreneurial spirit in some groups (but not all).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Furthering my education

Recruiter (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Google

ProsCareer development, impact and range.

ConsCompensation and lack of transparency at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Everybody loves you

Visitor Greeter (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

Proseveryone wants to join Google because it is a giant party. Free Food, onsite everything, free seminars, movies and lectures. But you have go to produce. They don't care if you party all week long but when the deadline arrives, you need to deliver.

ConsEngineers rule at Google. Leadership and management are weak, as these geeky guys and gals are more comfortable talking to their keyboard then to subordinates. The lack of leadership is one of the great weaknesses for this organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership matters. You can't just throw a bunch of engineers at a problem with little oversight, planning and motivation and hope to have a happy ending.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work, especially for new graduates.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google

ProsFree food, good benefits, nice workplace....
Many young people.

ConsNot sure if it is in its peak. It will eventually going down, just like microsoft, cisco.....

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good

Operation Specialist (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

ProsYou had great perks you can not get with any other company. Your treated like a super star at work!

ConsThe company is extremely large, it is hard to get to know your co-workers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Once the novelty sunk in, it's just another nice company to work for in the silicon valley

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

ProsSave $ on food and transportation

ConsGoogle values GPA over past work experience on new employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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SWE (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google

ProsHad a blast in Google with all the freebies, excellent people to work with. Competitive atmosphere. people are great. opportunities for development

ConsNot much downside. space is a problem with large growth. sometimes group compete with each other. managers are usually cool

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Amazing place to work as long as your role is fulfilling.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Google

ProsAmazing culture, great opportunity to learn.

ConsLimited opportunity for vertical career growth.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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