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Google Reviews in London, England

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
79 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

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


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interviewed at Google

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Google is the best company in the world and its a pleasure to work there

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons, I think there are no cons at all

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great perks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The perks of working at Google are exceptional. The people are experienced, very sharp and command great authority in the market

    Cons

    No President's club - doesn't offer high incentives for over 100% achievement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a better balance between the different business units

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Creative Specialist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Creative Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Creative Specialist in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    I never met so many clever people working together.

    The environment was fun and welcoming.

    Cons

    Very "sales" driven environment depending of the department.

    It was more corporate than I expected and a lot of time wasted on meetings, etc. etc....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Horrible HR and way too many reorgs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Strategist in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, free food, awesome trips organised by Google etc
    - mazing training resources such as "Googler to Googler" side project where you can teach what you know and sign up for classes where other googlers will teach you what they are good at.

    Cons

    Every 8 months a reorg will happen and you will have to rush to find another role. Hr will be absolutely useless and will not help in any way. If you like not having a job every six months, then you are in for a threat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people who work hard, not those who are your friends in a personal level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Large company, above average pay.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Great working environment
    Above average pay

    Cons

    Tasks can be challenging
    Hard to standout

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Freedom in a very competitive environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great freedom to thrive for own and company development.

    Cons

    highly competitive environment , work life balance is a challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing management, great benefits, great perks

    Cons

    a little too performance orientated, counter intuitive to trying to achieve great things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change your performance system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, fun and rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Career-wise this is a great place to work - there are opportunities for anyone who is willing to build a reputation. The work itself, the smart people and the perks: a Japanese restaurant serving up Asian food every day for free!

    Cons

    I would say the main downside is that people work such long hours. Perhaps this is because the environment is so competitive. I also don't think the salary in London is competitive with the main alternative employers - investment banks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Amazing company but very corporate and pressured now

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, always stimulating - talks, guest speakers and interesting things going on -connected to your work and unrelated, amazing benefits. Fast paced, still seems on the cutting edge despite there being lots of younger exciting tech/media companies about now. A company to feel proud of. Lots of opportunities to learn and push yourself. Above average pay.

    Cons

    Very different from the early start up or even mid sized company days (understandably). Corporate, crowded- there is constant pressure and competition to stand out from the crowd. All employees are intelligent and motivated and striving to impress so it's easy to become a 'mediocre performer' if you aren't constantly upping your game. Can be challenging if you have significant responsibilities outside work but is the best place to work if you are young, energetic and relatively 'free' to dedicate most of your life to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on flexibility and diversity to ensure you retain talent. Make internal transfers/exposure to new roles and business areas easier.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is always a new challenge

    Cons

    Quality of more recent hires not as good as it used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to learn from mistakes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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