Google
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Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development"
    in 98 reviews
  • "Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro"
    in 211 reviews
Cons:
  • "This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging"
    in 94 reviews
  • "Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it"
    in 70 reviews
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    Incredible people.

    Software Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsYou work with the smartest engineers in the world. You solve very difficult problems. You eat delicious food.

    ConsYou eat too much delicious food. On a more serious note, it may be a bit difficult to separate work from life because of how closely Google seems to integrate its people. You'll have to work very hard to have a life outside of your code.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe recruitment process sometimes seems a little messy.

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

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsGood culture. Innovative. Good benefit.

    ConsBig company. Lots of people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic company, great career path, company values and work/life balance!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsGreat crowd, knowledge base, infrastructure, amazing benefits, minimal bureaucracy, transparency, company genuinely cares about their employee's happiness, and the result is a very happy and fun place to work at.

    ConsSteep learning curve, be prepared to have to constantly adapt and refactor code. Getting tasks done is a bit harder than usual here as there are a lot more things to take into consideration, such as scale, security, testing, etc. (but granted they also yield a lot better results than in other places). It gets better with time though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to improve internal tools & libraries and make them as easy and fun to use as the public APIs we provide!

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

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    Brilliant Coworkers, Amazing Benefits, and No Shortage of Challenging Work

    Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsAmazing colleagues at the top of their game who are surprisingly unpretentious and approachable.
    Unfathomable benefits - food, gifts, freedom.
    A peek "behind the curtain"
    Openness, trust, and a really unique corporate culture

    ConsIt's hard work! If you're smart enough to get hired and you learn the stack, you'll do fine, but overachieving coworkers make it difficult to stand out.

    Listening to coworkers complain about how their scallops weren't cooked properly :)

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaintain the open culture
    Continue "not being evil"
    Perhaps ease the growth pressure on the SWE ladder? Not everyone aspires to be a tech lead.

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

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    Lots of benefits

    Network Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsThe company will take care of you. You will have the best health coverage you can think about and most likely your salary will be above average. You get to work with really smart people.

    ConsVery competitive environment some times to much. Some people will not share information to get ahead of you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey are doing a really good job.

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

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    Very pleasing.

    QA Engineer (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsThe employers were very understandful.

    ConsNot one I can see right now.

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    Great place to intern, not a lot of structure, though.

    MBA Intern Senior Account Planner (Current Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat program, environment, good perks

    ConsNot a lot of structure in terms of goals and evaluation

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

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    Excellent place to work

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prossmart peers, value on work life balance, open culture internally, excellent benefits, nice work space

    Conslarge and sometimes feels like it, need to coordinate with my teams/stakeholders

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

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    It has been a pleasant experience...

    Account Director (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat company......
    Dream company of anyone....

    ConsVery hard to get a chance to be in this company...

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

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    Great company, great product, but too big now.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    ProsGreat product, great culture. I love the google search, and android system, gmail etc.

    ConsToo big now, not as good as before. The google plus is very disappointing, seems too many managment now. However it is common in every big company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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