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Updated August 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is extremely hard (in 122 reviews)

  • Big company so it takes time to know who's doing what (in 93 reviews)

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  1. Industry Manager

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    Current Employee - Industry Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Industry Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Perks Cutting edge Bigger picture Skillsets Overall a company with a real mission that I feel proud to be a part of

    Cons

    Scrappy company Bad PR on occasion Advertising world based on experience, not skills, at times

    Advice to Management

    Sort a strong graduate path where employees can progress whilst trying different roles


  2. SRE Intern in london

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    Current Intern - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome working place, a lot of freedom in work scheduling and working on few extra things that you may like.

    Cons

    Often treated differently because you are an intern, some colleagues think that they know everything just because they "work for Google". A lot of internal decisions are made by other people and you get to know things just a few moments before they become public.


  3. Best company I have ever worked for.

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    Former Contractor - Web Applications Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Web Applications Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    At Google you feel valued every day when you walk in through the door, but what it's more important is the fact that you are surrounded by the best engineers in the world, this really pushes you to keep up with such elite, and that's a really good feeling.

    Cons

    Perhaps Google has grown so much, that maybe sometimes I felt like a lot of the processes in places were very convoluted and cumbersome which is not aligned in my opinion with the idea of "maintaining a start up mentality no matter how big we become"

    Advice to Management

    Keep it lean, Keep it creative, and never forget. "Don't be evil"


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  5. Tough Business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Google (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very fast paced workplace, lots to do and often times it was exciting with lots of ever changing challenges

    Cons

    Difficult workload, unsupportive management, along with technical equipment that malfunctioned and wasn't replaced as there wasn't any funds

    Advice to Management

    Hire more cooperative on board staff, a wo


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not the best!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Recruiting Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Recruiting Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, very good benefits and it is a relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Mindless work, all roles and tasks so well refined that you only ever are exposed to a small part of the process/problem. You will be very quickly bored.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - YouTube Partner Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - YouTube Partner Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, amazing perks and a transparent inclusive corporate culture. Loads of international career opportunities. Very diverse and empowering environment.

    Cons

    Like many other tech companies growing larger, Google is now a big corporation and from time to time it may seem more hierarchal than it should be.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on empowering people to innovate and come up with high-impact projects. Keep on developing skills and help employees grow in their career ambitions.


  8. Bug test for 'continent'

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    Former Employee - Overlord of Things in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Overlord of Things in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's the internet. Like wow.

    Cons

    They beat down the competition to bad, so bad that when Google chokeslams them they may as well just stay down.

    Advice to Management

    Ice cream bars.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The best....unless you're a fixed-term contractor

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    Former Contractor - London in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - London in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    First the obvious freebies for all employees and contractors: free breakfast, lunch, and snacks, access to Google gym and fitness classes, and a genuinely great office and facilities (most employees can chose a Macbook, Chromebook, or Windows laptop and many get supplied with the latest Google phones and tablets depending on the team). People are very friendly, motivated, and interesting and it is a genuinely fun workplace with lots of buzz and challenges.

    Cons

    Treatment of TVCs (temps, vendors, and contractors) varies by team and at times it feels like they are considered second-class citizens by management, or ignored altogether. TVCs in some teams can't work from home, use work equipment (laptops, mobile devices etc..) externally, aren't usually entitled to business travel, free Google swag, and most team/company meetings and social events. As a result many are left feeling a bit ostracised as "outsiders". I've never been treated like this as a contractor in my professional career and it leaves a nasty taste in your mouth like you're not trusted or fresh out of college and incompetent. Converting to a full-time employee is also very hard and being a TVC doesn't really give you a leg-up compared to external candidates. I found recruiters to be disinterested in helping me stay at Google.

    Advice to Management

    Treat TVCs better, and less like second class citizens. If you go to the effort of hiring and training them, why not invest in their future and try to find them a permanent role when the contract is up. This occurred to most TVCs in our division so I'm not just referring to my experiences.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Brilliant culture, people & perks, but becoming ungainly

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Incredibly smart people - Great perks (free food, gadgets) - Incredibly efficient: while bureacracy does exist and in some areas is increasing, there is vastly less than most companies. Organising a meeting with 20 people in different countries with rooms for everyone just takes a few minutes.

    Cons

    - often poor product discipline outside of the cash cows sometimes leading to whimsical shut-downs - harder and harder to get promoted - more and more scrutiny on expenses

    Advice to Management

    More careful about office shut-downs: it's hard to convey the sense of loss of job security for everyone when entire engineering offices producing great products are shut down for reasons that are unclear.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Surprisingly corporate with inexperienced management - not the Google of the past

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1. Great resources. 2. Great office environment and perks. 3. Great colleagues. 4. Prestigious to have on your CV and opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain.

    Cons

    1. Felt like working for a large corporate with too many processes and red tape (like working for Microsoft). 2. Google talks about hiring people who have lots of general skills or 'General Athletes'. This works well with a smaller business but as you get bigger this makes it harder to adapt people into specialist / newer areas. Staffing therefore are expected to take a 'talent grab' approach. 3. Lots of smart people trying to work out what to do as they don't have specialist sector experience and were employed previously for just being smart. 4. Political. 5. Lots of people forcing themselves to be overly friendly in sometimes an embarrassing way due to fear of not being 'Googley enough'. 6. Lots of people feeling scared that if their voices don't get heard they will be forgotten or lose their jobs/contracts (lots of exhibitionists). 7. See above; lots of people wanting to be center of attention. 8. Lots of people trying to 'force innovation' in an way that seems a little old fashioned ("Let's collaborate and innovate!!") 9. Big company culture and therefore feeling of isolation. 10. Some very junior managers who don't know what they are doing. 11. Lots of people being smug about working for Google and openly talking about "How smart we are...". 12. Lots of people feeling insecure and guilt about working at Google as they don't feel they are good enough ("Impostor Syndrome"). 13. Lots of people who have been at Google for many years who are holding onto power and more than happy to push the 'flat culture' concept as it ultimately helps reinforce their own position. 14. Lots of 'Stars' employed but with no-where for them to go! Culture is flat and therefore lots of competition for internal roles but with great comp/bens hard to leave. Lots of other great - smaller - businesses that have great products and great perks/offices. Google isn't the cool business it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about allowing everyone to be 'themselves' and actually let them. Too much unconscious bias with team fit is creating a homogeneous culture. Start specializing with skills and stop trying to be a start-up as it definitely doesn't feel like one! Stop with the arrogance. There are great companies out there who are a better places to work than Google (where you can have more impact, make great products and earn well).



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