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Updated Jul 25, 2014
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4.2 2,311 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(1,232 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development(in 103 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro(in 218 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging(in 98 reviews)

  • Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it(in 70 reviews)

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Awesome company, awful experience

    Sales (Current Employee)

    ProsAwesome company, amazing founders and senior management, and ofcourse, great perks. You feel a sense of pride, accomplishment and excitement walking into work every morning.

    ConsWhile company is great, your particular team and work experience could be awful. You could work really really long hours and pick up the slack for the rest of the team. Many managers hire accomplished and seasoned staff, primarily, to make up for their own lack of experience and knowledge. So you may find yourself without proper guidance, and in the position of a workhorse. This company is best for people who join fresh out of college and grow within the org....many others, will be taking many steps back in their careers and work hard and long on a job that can be frustrating just to be a 'googler'.

    Advice to Senior Management- Hire people for the job level that is on par with their level and responsibilities in the market. Else, 5 years later, you will end up with many disgruntled and dispassionate employees, and others, will leave.
    - Develop clear job descriptions
    - Study the job satisfaction of Googlers in technical roles that fall under and are managed by non-technical Googlers (e.g. in Sales).

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

    (NON-TECH Role)

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFlexible working schedule
    Easy job for lots of money: VERY EASY.
    20% Projects are feasible if you find a way to get your work done in advance.
    Ex. hiring a freelancer via Odesk (very cheap rates) for the stuff you just don't feel like doing. < smart people in jobs that are too junior get complacent and bored.
    Manager your managers expectations and they won't have a clue nor do they care as long as you deliver.
    Food / Snacks
    Shuttle Service
    Bathrooms with heated seats and bidet
    Smart co-workers
    MOMA: Googler Visibility with photos (ironically the search engine is awful)
    Campus vans vs. Riding bicycle in heels.
    Perks
    Resume Padder: Recruiters call everyday while at work!
    Choice of laptop, screens, erg setup.
    Tech Support: Free cords, batteries, adapters, galore!
    The coolest most legit people are the security staff.

    ConsNo specific order:
    Smartest people in Junior roles causes complacency
    Jealousy: Concept/ idea stealing, lack of integrity.
    The way Temps / Consultants are treated as 2nd class citizens
    People get lazy and tend to meet virtually in the same building. = no human connection
    Not friendly people that sit around you don't say hello and if you do, wow the strangest reaction!
    Abundance of younger (mid 20's) fresh out of MBA programs= no real job experience.
    The Google High lasts about 2 weeks then you realize all the perks are to cover up the companies incompetence.
    Unless you've been with the org for years it's nearly impossible to set a career trajectory
    If you don't work under a product team you're just background.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep personal affairs outside the work place.
    Value the contract / temp workers.
    Stop thinking Google is a startup. It's clearly not.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Time to be in the Sales Org

    Account Executive (Current Employee) Ann Arbor, MI

    ProsThe benefits and perks of working at Google are outstanding. As a whole, I think the company does care about its employees, at the highest levels.

    ConsThe sales org is a big bureaucratic mess.
    Most decisions are made by upper management with a very short-term focus - and everyone has to play along - to get that director his/her next bonus.
    Promotions are 100% driven by politics vs. how you perform in your core role.
    There are much better parts of the company to be in - but you won't be able to get in to them in the Ann Arbor office. The good roles are all centralized in Mountain View.
    HR here is evil. Any move you make, they will look for ways to claw back your merit increases and even make you sign that you will not negotiate salary if you get an offer. Then give you a poor offer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up more roles to remote offices.
    Promote for core role competency vs. side projects and politics.
    Promote more from within vs. external hires (who have 2+ years learning curve).
    Make HR less evil.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic company

    Map Designer (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe rumors about the glamorous work environment at Google are true. You're in a comfortable workplace surrounded by the best people and practically smothered with perks.

    ConsThe fabulous perks are there to keep the highly skilled employees complacent while they perform the menial, repetitive, labor that is required to keep the machine running. On any given eventing, many a Googler can be heard lamenting his/her under-stimulating project at any given Palo Alto watering hole.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCool environment and everyone is really laid back, yet smart. it has a lot of food.

    Conssketchy. too many high paying jobs

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Great employer, smart people, with some shortcoming of being a big company

    Senior Analyst (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsCan't beat Google's culture and perks.
    Caring and smart people everywhere.
    Some work is challenging (depends on your role).

    ConsCompany is getting big, and not everyone is moving as fast as we were before.
    There are clearly hierarchy, and most of time it doesn't equate bureaucracy but sometimes it does .

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe nimble and move faster.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic place to learn, grow, and work

    Account Executive (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGoogle takes care of its people. On the sales side, I enjoy a fantastic work/life balance and really love the work that I'm doing in programmatic ad sales. Vacation time is fair, pay is fair, and the perks are insane.

    ConsIf you get stuck with a bad manager, it can really ruin your experience a bit. Need to know how to navigate the corporate structure in order to be successful.

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Nice company bad culture

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsIntelligent people, fantastic management, incredible foresight.

    ConsPeople are human, they are not technology slaves.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet more structure going.

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

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    Very high caliber of talent. Fast-paced work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing perks, flexibility of hours and work/life balance. Laidback and collaborative work culture. Great opportunities for classes and personal development

    ConsDifficult to move up and take on more challenging roles. Not a great place to begin a career outside of engineering

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

    2 people found this helpful  

    good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prostime off policies and food

    Conslong hours at a small office

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