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Google Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
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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. 94 people found this helpful  

    Great balance between big-company security and fun, fast-moving projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    * If you're a software engineer, you're among the kings of the hill at Google. It's an engineer-driven company without a doubt (that *is* changing, but it's still very engineer-focused).
    * The perks are amazing. Yes, free breakfast, lunch, an dinner every weekday. Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in the summer; summer picnics at Chelsea piers; and on and on and on. I don't see this going away unless the company starts hurting financially.
    * Speaking of which, the company is doing quite well, which reflects in bonuses and equity grants.
    * There a huge diversity of work ranging from defending independent journalism worldwide (Google Project Shield) to crisis response during disasters (see Maps during Hurricane Sandy or Tsunamis), to the best machine learning experts and projects in the world, to more mundane revenue-driving projects in advertising, there's really something for everybody.
    * It's easy to move around within the company as long as you're in good standing (the vast majority of engineers are).
    * The company is amazingly open: every week Larry Page and Sergey Brin host what's called TGIF where food, beer, wine, etc. is served, a new project is presented, and afterward there's an open forum to ask the executives anything you want. It's truly fair game to ask anything, no matter how controversial, and frequently the executives will be responsive.
    * No, nobody cares if you use an iPhone, Facebook, shop with Amazon, stream using Spotify, or refuse to use Google+. The company is amazingly open and flexible.

    Neither pro nor con, but general information on work-life balance, promotions, and advancement.
    * Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams. (Some teams are in more competitive sectors and require more crazy hours all the time - but very few of them). If you do what's expected, you'll be fine at least for a handful of years. Working a roughly 40 hour work week is possible, and many people do it. There are also people who are hyper-motived and work like crazy just because they love it, or because they're competitive, or they want to get a promotion. If you work 40 hour weeks without putting in anything extra, you'll fall behind them as they advance and you stand still - and maybe that doesn't matter, so it works out for everybody. But at least know where you would realistically stand.
    * If you excel and work your butt off, you'll be compensated and promoted. If you let yourself be a code monkey, and just sit coding with your head down all day, you'll be fine but won't advance. A big complaint from some Googlers is about not being able to advance "even at Google" with pure coding. Sure, if you're the uber genius who created MapReduce and Bigtable, you're going to advance like a rocket without having to do anything but coding; but if you're like most engineers at Google -- smarter than average, but just average compared to other Googlers -- you're just a good coder and not revolutionary. Code monkeys are important to actually get stuff done, and to be sure you absolutely need to be a good coder as a software engineer (it's the minimum requirement), but code monkeys won't advance because they're not leaders and they're easy to replace. To get promoted you need to lead and do more than just code. There are plenty of ways to lead other than being an official tech lead, so this isn't actually _that_ hard, so the real point is just that you can't just sit there coding what other people tell you to code all day and expect to advance.

    Cons

    * It *is* becoming larger, and with it comes growing pains: bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension (though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft's internal tension).
    * The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping, but possibly not. It's hard to get real metrics, because as the absolute number of people grows, naturally the number of bad apples grows; as a percentage it's supposedly the same as it ever was, but with larger numbers of poorer quality engineers it just _feels_ like things might be changing for the worse.
    * Also with growth means more internal-confidential data leaks (again, because of the raw numbers of people) -- product announcements being ruined, etc. That means the company has to be tighter-lipped internally to avoid leaks, which makes things less open. It's still an amazingly open place, but less so than it was even a couple years ago. The good thing is they recognize it and actively look to improve things because they know how important it is to keep the good culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on the user. Everything else will follow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    One hell of a place to fall into a a lifelong groove.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Stellar resources. Amazing compensation and benefits. The hours can be long, but the emphasis on work life balance is part of the company culture.

    Cons

    Google can be just a little stuck up. I worked with Google as part of an company acquisition and the hazing went far beyond the pale - they took out a banner ad targeted at my company with a picture of a pig so discouraging us from eating at their company cafeteria!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Ridiculous impact

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Where else do you get to work on a product used by hundreds of millions of people?

    Cons

    Occasional excessive bureaucracy. Whiny people

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Smart people tackling big problems

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, a great overall mission, fantastic perks, supportive environment, ability to achieve work/life balance.

    Cons

    You need to spend quite a bit of time learning about home-grown internal tools that you'll be using in place of popular, widespread open-source technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work environment, good pay, great perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - People are smart, projects are generally intellectually stimulating for engineers
    - Good career options
    - Positive signaling for the future (saying you worked at Google will help you for life)
    - The in-house perks (esp. food) are awesome.

    Cons

    - Things move pretty slowly. Projects can take years to ship.
    - Your experience will depend on your team. I've heard wildly different stories of Google experiences from people on different teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Help full

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visa Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Visa Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You assist people whom are traveling to India. You also learn the procedure for international travel.

    Cons

    Start up companies can be a bit of a hasel in regards to stability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization is key

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company, great culture, some of the best people I've ever met

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Amazing people
    -Very few companies are innovating at this scale
    -Can move around internally, by location or fuction, pretty easily
    -Amazing place to learn, build network and gain perspective that is hard to get elsewhere
    -Company culture is fantastic. People can really be themselves and that is embraced.

    Cons

    -Becoming a bigger company
    -Promotions can be frustrating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moving up is becoming very difficult. Promotion cycles and performance review system are very frustrating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company, but sales organization is not what it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Director in New York, NY

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, smart people, innovative company, excellent perks, solid salaries

    Cons

    Overrun by McKinsey consultants, sales culture is not "fun," executive management keeps people on their heels, not their toes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time to change Americas leadership. McKinsey consultants are not well liked by sales organization or clients

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Associate in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Work at a playground
    Free food
    Great culture
    Swag- for days.
    Happy hours

    Cons

    No time to play- very competitive
    Weight gain- from free food
    Over worked contractors- and labeled them with red ID

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the floor's hardest workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice work space and free food!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    It's Google. Famous enough. Lots of games, free food and high payment. Nothing to be worried about.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted. Hard to get a conversion from an internship into a fulltime. Take a risk.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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