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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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    Google NY

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat and smart people to work with
    Good atmosphere
    Great perks

    ConsCommittee decisions
    very large company
    Too much politics

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake responsibility.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cushy dead end

    Sales (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros- great benefits and 401K match
    - great food
    - half-naked cuties play beach volleyball on campus
    - really intelligent coworkers
    - fascinating industry and company profile

    Cons- managers detached, not aligned with team goals, focus on networking and their next job
    - chaotic, siloed organization, lots of inefficiency
    - sales organization is afterthought, mostly exists to patch up bad adwords user experience - so you're there to fix a problem nobody wants to admits exists. not a great career track!
    - i had two young MBAs as managers who both left me baffled as to what it is they did, or knew how to do. both were promoted! one sat me down in a 1:1 and told me to focus on my family and private life more, because caring too much about my job would only lead to problems because most of the issues in our department were not going to be fixed, and that's not really how you advance in your career anyway. it was good advice and all true, but it tells you something that this is what my soon-to-be-promoted boss told me.
    - lots of activity that has nothing to do with the company's products or business goals: events, parties, dance classes, on-campus organizations, etc. it's a lot like college that way. it's possible to spend A LOT of your time on tangential activities, keep getting good performance reviews (because the diversity festival or whatever is so great for google), and just hang out and make money and never impact the business. To me, this is really weird and not a plus, but a lot of people of course love it.
    - I left because basically I realized that if what I had achieved in the last year did not get me a promotion (major overhaul of one aspect of the business), nothing ever would. promotions aren't really about business impact at Google, they are about NOT having too much of an impact and rocking the boat. Having a dog helps a lot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere's no reason to change anything as long as this much money is being made with the one revenue stream. I expect a big cleanup will take place one that's no longer the case.

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    Good place if you want to "settle down"

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe culture - Google has an amazing culture and is a very engineering centric organization. They pretty much defined how the modern silicon valley company should look like and they still do it very well.
    The learning opportunities - It's possible to move easily between teams at Google and you can learn a lot of about a lot of things.
    The perks - Everyone's heard of the perks, and they are awesome. The food is great, the benefits are great, the salaries are competitive with bonuses and stock options.

    ConsSometimes difficult to get recognition for a job well done.
    Can be a little hectic on some teams, while it can be painfully slow on others.
    Moving from one team to another hinges on getting well known, and in some instances promoted, yet the promotion process is quite difficult to make it work for you. You may try to get promoted one year and get refused by a committee when another one would have given you the promotion, because the members of that committee were more aware of what you did or who you are.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSenior management should try to do a better job at ensuring that everyone is not getting bored working on a trivial job. There are lots of people at Google who are overqualified for what they are doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place To Work

    Technical Program Manager II (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGoogle is a great place to work. Free meals, fun offsites, and hands off management.

    ConsThe base salary is just okay, but annual bonuses make up for it if you're a solid employee (ie., meeting or exceeding expectations).

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to limit and control middle management bloat.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsOpen, creative atmosphere.
    Smart people to work with.

    ConsPromotions hard to get, process a bit opaque.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake promo process more transparent, easier.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Smartest people I've worked with, fantastic benefits, but becoming more political

    User Experience Researcher (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros- The smartest people I've ever worked with
    - Fantastic benefits and access to resources needed
    - Never stop learning from others
    - Open culture, people openly share knowledge, very few secrets relative to other companies

    Cons- Senior management in the weeds too much
    - Very silo'd roles, hard to break out of your career ladder vertical
    - Lack of career paths, and career advice
    - Becoming more political over time

    Advice to Senior Management- Focus on leading the company strategy and not on tactical UI and product decisions
    - Work hard on ensuring that politics is minimized as the company grows

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work, however limited growth

    Google Online Sales Strategist (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros- awesome benefits
    - great 401k match
    - By far some of the smartest people
    - Work on interesting issues and projects
    - Great environment

    Cons- You do work pretty hard.
    - Limited career growth opportunities. Only hire MBAs for manager positions.
    - Managers aren't than capable and don't understand the job.
    - Good to stay and learn for 4 years but you will need to leave in order to grow your career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't require MBAs for managers. Our managers aren't great. There are also limited career growth opportunities (especially in OSO).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Still a great place to work, despite the growth

    Systems Administrator (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsYou're working with top people in the world, the culture is very very relaxed, flex time, great benefits, free food.

    ConsThe environment has changed since the early days. This may just be Operations jobs and does not necessarily apply to all Engineering though. Even still it's a great job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore and more talented people are leaving for new startups or other areas of the company. I don't have a specific solution but the reason is that the place has become too bureaucratic and it is much more difficult to work on fun new projects in Operations.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall positive

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros- The environment is casual yet competitive.
    - You get an opportunity to work with smart people and work on great technology

    ConsThe organization is flat. Which also means that there is little room to grow.
    Too much free food.. can't be good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work. Work on creating opportunities for growth for employees. Improving recruitment process will be good too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic opportunities, it's all up to you

    Technical Solutions Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsPlenty of self-directed time and energy.
    Great visibility into several core tech markets.
    World class computing infrastructure.

    ConsChaotic, lots going on all the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep focused: actions speak louder than words.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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