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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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    Pleasant

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGood benefits, good infrastructure, generally reasonable coworkers.

    ConsPromotion by committee means it's harder to get recognized for an obscure project or brunt work maintaining important stuff than for working on 'sexy' projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something to unbreak the promotion system.

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    very good atmosphere.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    Prosbenefits, atmosphere, decorum, all very strong at google.

    Consadvancement opportunities stop after middle management

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep doing it and you will have happy employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGoogle is a great place to work at. Good people, awesome pay and fun culture.

    ConsNone that I can think of

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good pay, great perks

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat perks and pay. You can be proud to tell your mom you work there. Work/Life balance is good. Employees are good people to know now and for the future. Work on great products that hundreds of millions or billions of people will use.

    Consas much as it does not want to be one, it is a big company and too easy for people/projects to get lost in the mix. NY Office is big, but definitely suffers form not being in Mountain View.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Recruiting at Google is an experience you must not miss

    Senior Recruiter (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe teamwork is wonderful and supportive, though competitive as all get out. Recruiting for the best of the best is an interesting and vital experience at Google. The ATS is wonderful, compared to others out there. The culture is vital, dynamic and engaging.

    ConsThe up and down sides are there is a lot of change. Google does not get stale, that is for sure. But the processes change a lot which makes it a little less sticky than it "should" be, IMHO. There is a lot of social competitiveness that is very intense, but that does drive excellence, even if you do feel like your job could end any minute.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think the leaders need to lead more and accept the performers that are not excellent but highly functional. That way you can keep people for the long haul.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast paced.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsAlways on the leading edge of technology. High pressure workplace but high rewards. Access to all technologies. No limit on hardware.

    ConsNot best place to work when balancing home/work/religion. Extreme pressure to complete tasks on-time. Little time to exercise as work consumes all your time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTo stay in the forefront in search and other web technologies Google must continue to push employees. Employees know what they are getting into when they are hired.

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    Nice perks, it's better if you can get in at a high level

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsReally great people-- smart and interesting. Good cadence of people wanting to do new things. It's a huge company with lots of global offices so there are opportunities to do international assignments which is really amazing.

    ConsGetting political, and there is a big difference between old timers and new comers, right out of college and MBAs. They recruit for AdWords right out of college and the pay is ok-- but I think they largely get incredibly talented at a low "price" just b/c it's Google. If you don't have an advanced degree, you're told you can move around (and you can, title and job wise) but it's going to be lateral moves for the most part. Moving up seems virtually impossible these days.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransparency is something the company is proud of. It's pretty good here but at the same time, there are tons of instances of favoritism. For example, a lot of people in the AdWords department managed people they were previously friends with. It made a lot of promotion decisions seem less-than-objective. I would have upper management really consider how middle managers are selected and how they do their jobs b/c there are some really crummy middle managers who make life for their teams pretty rotten.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    awsome

    Principal Software Engineer (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    Prosinnovation, creativity, the chance to do anything with the 20 percent time. The chance to work on innovative products along side with some extremely smart people.

    ConsIt too big. Not like the days of the .com. Their options are worthless. Managers want to protect their butts. benefits suck

    Advice to Senior Managementbe flexible like the .com days, don't be too greed, let employees have a difference, let there be true innovation, I want to party

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic people, great perks, huge global impact

    Localization (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat...
    ...global impact & scale
    ...for resume & prof. growth
    --people
    ---perks
    ---culture
    ----work-life balance
    ----great training resources

    Cons---poor middle mgmt.
    ---no career growth
    ---low salary

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire managers that are incapable of being a good leader.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Prosgood, you can have a lot of fun with a lot of talented guys and gals it's really nice place.

    Consnot good some times, but especially when deadline is approaching, it would be really hard to finish everything before the deadline but you

    Advice to Senior Managementit is a really good place to culvalivte your leadership. You can make a lot of friends there too, and.

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