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Google Reviews in Mountain View, CA

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
2,444 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.  

    Great place to build your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    - A lot of mobility available - career shifts to sales, marketing, etc are possible
    - International travel and mobility highly possible
    - All the perks you hear about are true! Free food, great vacation packages, etc.
    - Many opportunities for advancing education, personal growth, etc.
    - Work life balance very good on most teams I've been a part of

    Cons

    - You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape
    - Most opportunities are in Mountain View HQ - a horrendous commute no matter how you swing it if you're living in SF
    -Many teams have an 'ivy league only' culture that can be stifling
    -Email and meeting culture can be real time sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Do something about the bureaucratic red tape
    - Proactively demonstrate more creativity and innovation - even in roles like sales and marketing
    - Be more marketing led, rather than product led

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    They «take care» about your health;
    They provide you many transports inside google;
    They provide you a nice salary, the best food;
    There are great people and great environments to work on;
    There are everything you need to play, think, rest, sleep.
    Inside Google, there's another world, on the other side of the universe. A better world that want to make the difference.

    Cons

    Probably you will not want to leave of your workplace (Google).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to say about this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Benefits, perks, interesting projects, learning and growth opportunity. Google offers a lot of career development, and even a lot of entertainment onsite.

    Cons

    Overheads of checking in codes, politics in certain groups. Sometimes people are spending a lot of time working just on trivial stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on technical stuff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive and challenging.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    * Open bottom-up culture.
    * Never a dull moment.

    Cons

    * Lots of competition from all the very smart coworkers. Promotions are challenging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great environment!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Company cares about individual and provide opportunities for future career development. Great environment, and feel motivated all the time.

    Cons

    I don't have cons in my mind. I live in SF, and maybe commute can be a tiny concern.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great employer, smart people, with some shortcoming of being a big company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Can't beat Google's culture and perks.
    Caring and smart people everywhere.
    Some work is challenging (depends on your role).

    Cons

    Company is getting big, and not everyone is moving as fast as we were before.
    There are clearly hierarchy, and most of time it doesn't equate bureaucracy but sometimes it does .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nimble and move faster.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company to Work for but Maybe Not Forever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    The Google company culture is everything it's been built up to be. It's like working on a college campus with your friends but you really do get to do cool things that matter. You will have to opportunity to make the world a better place and help other companies use Google products to better their own businesses.

    You'll truly get to work with great teams and will find a lot of people who care about your success and are willing to help. Support from management is pretty good overall.

    The food is also fantastic.

    Cons

    Google does employ a lot of people on one year contracts. It is actually more difficult to become a full-time employee while in a contractor role than it seems to be coming from outside Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People who have been here for a year are a real asset to the company. They are familiar with the products and the way the company operates. They are allowed to leave and excel at other companies once their contracts expire. Management may want to rethink that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The best employer I've ever had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Everyone without exception is very good at their job. The work is interesting and varied, the perks and compensation are great, and there's very little of the normal corporate BS that tends to distract people from their job at other companies.

    Cons

    Because the bar is so high and the pool is so talented, it seems that sometimes people would would excel at other companies have a hard time keeping up here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management doesn't always do exactly what I would want them to do at first, but one nice thing about Google is that everyone throughout the company is given a voice, and often decisions can be affected or overridden by the will of the masses, usually for the better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Yes, it really is a great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits. A culture that motivates a strong work ethic. Access to some of the worlds best leaders in areas of machine learning and large scale data algorithms.

    Cons

    Not as much freedom to innovate as one might expect. The quarterly review cycle tends to throw out the idea of trying for a longer term vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw out the quarterly review cycle, or at least keep the impact on day-to-day decision making to a minimum. It is too short a time-frame to draw conclusions. Also, drastically change your hiring process. It is far too slow, and the slowness is built into the painstaking steps that the interviewers have to take to support the interview process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Partner Development Lead  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Partner Development Lead in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    salary, stocks, work life balance, management, peers, it is a dream to work here everyday!

    Cons

    Promotions are very hard to get

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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