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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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Best company in the world...

Senior Account Manager (Former Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExciting to work for a company who values your ideas. Very smart and talented group of people!

ConsA bit harder to climb the corporate ladder when you're working in a regional office. Those folks in regional offices, know what I mean.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the doors open.

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

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Great company to work for

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

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

Proslots of smart people to work with.

ConsSometimes can be confusing, if you're not sure what interest you most.

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

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If you're an engineer, it's pretty sweet.

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Boulder, CO

I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent salary / benefits / perks. Super smart people. Challenging projects. You learn a TON working here.

ConsIf you're in a remote office (outside MTV), it can be hard to make lateral moves in your career.

Advice to Senior ManagementJust because someone is fragmented does not mean they aren't productive. There should be some kind of appeal process to keep remote people on teams.

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

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Inspiring

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

ProsIntelligent colleagues, opportunity for great impact on life quality of Google users, great benefits.

ConsI can't really think of any. The commute takes some time, but the company provides very frequent shuttles.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great company to work for

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat benefits. Great products. Great working environment.

ConsGot too big. Too diverse. Duplicate efforts.

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

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Great

Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Google full-time for less than a year

ProsFree breakfast, lunch dinner, massages, weekly entertainment, free drinks and snacks. Game room. Scooters.

ConsI didn't get the chance to select my own projects. It is mostly handed down to you. If you are new you get the not so good projects.

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

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Still awesome place to work

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou can make differences to life of people around the globe.
It's a philanthropic company. You can have sense of pride.

ConsHas become a big company. People not working as hard as before.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Engineer-driven company looking to change the world

Product Manager (Former Employee)
Seattle, WA

I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLots of autonomy. Lots of product focus. They take focus on the customer seriously. Technology and engineer-driven culture where they aim to solve tough problems, not a lot of gimmiky product work going on. Everyone there is whip-smart and there isn't much politics.

ConsAll of the pros mentioned above are getting weaker as the company starts to plateau and tries to squeeze out more revenue. Product managers may be surprised at how little power they have relative to at other companies - at Google it is the engineers that really run things.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe bottoms-up approach worked pretty well for a long time.

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

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Google is still an amazing company after all these years

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Google as an intern

ProsGreat peers who always offer helpful assistance and insightful suggestions. Nice working environment. Nice food. Making contribution to the world. The company respects engineers very much.

ConsSometimes there are still too much meetings.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I love it here, but it may depend on which part of the company you are in

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- Stability
- Lots of computing resources at your disposal
- Mature codebase
- Great colleagues
- Outstanding remuneration

Cons- Large company so your project might seem small in comparison (even when it impacts millions of users)
- Career management is on the onus of the employee (but this might not be a problem once you hit senior which can be the steady state and you are comfortable with the work)

Advice to Senior Management* More structured career progression: tailor a career path instead of the ad-hoc / individualized career advancement based on managers

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

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