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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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    Great place to start your career

    Business Intern (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsAmazing benefits, amazing people that make you grow, and amazing work. You really feel like what you're doing has an impact on the world.

    ConsIt's easy to become a "number" at Google if you don't put yourself out there. You have to be assertive and willing to throw out new ideas. That said, depending on your job role, often that can be harder than it seems.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI really loved my experience with management. Great mentorship experience and I received a lot of specific feedback about my work and progress.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat food, great people. The people are smart and sharp and it was a joy to work with them everyday

    ConsThe firm is big, almost too big. it no longer maintains its entreprenurial feel. But they make a good effort

    Advice to Senior ManagementThese are top notch people> they are smart and always willing to help. There is not problem approaching them with questions

    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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    Excellent

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Kirkland, WA

    ProsFreedom of what to work on;
    Lots of areas;
    Engineers are highly respected;
    Knowledge are shared across company;
    Great infrastructure to minimize work burden;

    ConsWeak management;
    Sometimes directions are kind of random;

    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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    Outstanding

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsGreat people to work for

    ConsHard to get big picture

    Advice to Senior ManagementCan do better

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    Awesome

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Jose, CA

    Prosvery good work environment and benefits

    ConsHeavy work load and research.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone i can offer

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company, glad to have worked there

    (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    ProsBrilliant coworkers.
    Culture promotes continuous learning. There's a famous author, artist or industry leader giving a talk or performance at the company every week.
    Amazing perks. 50% match in 401k.

    ConsInexperienced middle managers who are where they are because they were strong individual contributors, and not necessarily strong people managers.
    Becoming more and more political.
    Lack of autonomy in your job. Decisions, even the most inconsequential, seem to be made by a few people in each department.
    Few career advancement opportunities.
    No work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmpower your employees and managers to make more decisions on their own. Allow for more risk taking and autonomy.
    Hire, promote and value leaders who excel at developing and managing people. Make managing employees a full time job, not something to be done only during review time. Managers who remain hands on end up competing with their own direct reports.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Google is a great company to work for

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Mountain View, CA

    Pros1. Lots of smart people around.
    2. Technology knowledge is abound, and is easily accessible.
    3. Job impact on the world is tremendous.
    4. Neat perks.

    ConsCompany is now very large, so it takes a while for things to happen: on the org side, and on the tech side, too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor new projects that Google starts, think of them more as an investor, not an employer. Ask harder questions about the target audience, go to market strategy, expected returns. This will hopefully help avoid the flops like Wave was which nobody could even explain without demoing it.

    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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