Google Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
2,477 Reviews

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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing place, strong culture but not perfect for mid / senior level managers

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture; great transparency and excellent communication between senior management and the rest of the company. Very smart, motivated and fun people to work with. Incredibly fast paced and forward thinking company. Generally, very good products which are constantly improved on. Google is very consumer centric and also fast to learn and improve its products.

    Cons

    Google can be extremely competitive and is unrelenting in its pace. More importantly, for senior or mid level management you can hit a glass ceiling. The company is very product / eng driven which can at times be frustrating for sales & marketing people. Google is not organized structurally for employees looking for GM or P&L experience. It's too functionally structured for that. If you want to eventually manage a business then unless you're a product / eng person this might not be the right place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Google company review

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Had an excellent experience working here, many great perks and amazing compensation working full of visionaries

    Cons

    The only con would be to have more opportunities for contracts to be full-time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great!

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    Current Employee - Sourcer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Sourcer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good corporate culture. Great food!

    Cons

    Balance! Make sure you don't get too distracted by all the perks!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this particular time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice working place

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and opportunity for personal growth and good compensation

    Cons

    Sometimes the management is well structured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They can always strive to improve things by putting in place more control on the middle level management structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits. Very Smart People and alot to learn from.

    Cons

    Hard to make a difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Makes teams smaller and give them atonomy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Everything you would expect

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The perks, salary, stock options are extremely competitive. You also get to work with very smart coworkers.

    Cons

    There aren't really any cons, It's just hard to advance if your not in a top project team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work!

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    The environment and culture are wonderful. There's free food and events. The company does interesting work. You fee like your work is relevant when you work here because of the nature of the company's work. The people are nice, smart, and down to earth.

    Cons

    People are assigned a lot of work so you must be sure to do a good job balancing your workload. It's hard to get work done when you have so many awesome distractions like neat events to attend.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As an intern I had plenty of time to do whatever I wanted to. Also, since the project was pretty open ended, I didn't have specific deadlines to meet, except for having something to deliver at the end of the internship. My host and I were pretty much the only people who had any idea what was going on there. Other employees, however, seemed pretty tense about meeting expectations. Compensation was very good.

    Cons

    Office culture was annoying. A number of people hoping they would be the next Steve Jobs would deliver motivational speeches while wearing a turtleneck.

    Training was what I could expect it to be. There's a lot of material that had been developed over time, in form of online tutorials, which are pretty useful at any stage. Generally, the place seemed way too large, and spreading over way too many areas for people to get an idea of what the general direction was. Also, it was hard to get attached to a particular project, particularly given that a good number of these end up in the dumpster, so it's hard to see your own contribution growing into something nice.

    I wouldn't recommend to younger people to work in Mountain View. That place is boring, and unless you are willing to drive every day to San Francisco and back, there's nothing interesting going around there. Employees are pretty boring, most of them are overqualified people who ended up coding trivial stuff. Because of this, you always notice how people are trying to engage in some sort of weird competition involving things like solving mathematical puzzles and making a point about how they are the smartest employees any company could ever have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Desperately trying to stay relevant

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume
    Free meals
    Your parents will have heard of the company, even if they still don't understand exactly what you do for a living.

    Cons

    Disorganized management
    Arrogance and complacency are rampant (think Micro$oft in the 90's)
    You can't trust your co-workers
    A collection of failed attempts to diversify, kept afloat by one cash cow (depressing to everyone not working on search)
    Most managers actively sabotage your efforts at working on a 20% project -- very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on search, and give the profits to the shareholders. You can't beat the rest of the world to the "next big thing" from within the safety of GOOG's balance sheet -- try venture capitalism instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good compensation at a personal cost

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    I know that as a single person I have enough to save, invest and live off of plus there is always room to pitch and execute on your own entrepreneurial ideas.

    Cons

    The mirage of work/life balance is really convincing. Bosses do not model balance and climate has become selfish and brutal over the past 7 years. Definitely embarrassed to say that I work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Googley. Free, generous and whip smart. Always good humored and audaciously progressive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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