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Google Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
2,442 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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. 32 people found this helpful  

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

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

    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.  

    Mentally challenging

    • 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

    Pros

    Networking, advancing the stat of art consumer technologies

    Cons

    work-life balance issues, high living expenses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good work in allowing the employees to innovate

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Okay

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

    Pros

    Benefits and perks - great place to learn new things

    Cons

    Keeping up with the ever changing world of google

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When acquiring a company their needs to be a better way to integrate new acquired employees to culture

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    Amazing place to work. The perks are crazy and well document so I won't repeat them here. They really take care of their people and make sure all our needs are taken care of.

    Cons

    Your manager can make or break you. With the right manager you'll be promoted quickly and work on awesome projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep investing in your people! You're doing great

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

    Played a lot of ping pong

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    Former Employee - Technical Sourcer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Sourcer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Worked with awesome people. Terrific perks and benefits. Fantastic learning environment. Loved the free food. I got to play a lot of ping pong.

    Cons

    You're a small piece of a large machine. It's difficult to have impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The contractor model for recruiters/sourcers doesn't work. You just train someone on best practices for a year, then send them directly to your competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not nice if you're a contractor...

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

    Pros

    Free meals, coffee, and snacks.

    Cons

    Working in a culture of 20 something, ivy league graduates with inflated egos was challenging.
    Contractors are not offered benefits, perks (massages, dinners out, free phones an other gifts, etc.). They are not invited to team or company celebrations like the huge holiday party. You end up feeling like a 2nd class citizen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be kinder to contractors. They have a lot to offer and are overlooked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to learn, grow, and work

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

    Pros

    Google takes care of its people. On the sales side, I enjoy a fantastic work/life balance and really love the work that I'm doing in programmatic ad sales. Vacation time is fair, pay is fair, and the perks are insane.

    Cons

    If you get stuck with a bad manager, it can really ruin your experience a bit. Need to know how to navigate the corporate structure in order to be successful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Caring and down to earth employees

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

    Pros

    Being able to show up to work dressed causally and not too stressful environment which allowed for growth and learning.

    Cons

    The entrance exam was very difficult and there were alot of background checks undertaken before the job was actually started. This made for a very stressful first impression but quickly got better as the process progressed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Man to can reach stars.

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

    Pros

    The best thing is the quality time you spend with your co workers!!

    Cons

    Ability to succeed can be restricting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone chances, by bestowing knowledge not demands.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Employees are treated well. Everyone is laid back. You don't feel the pressure of your boss always riding your back. Friendly place.

    Cons

    No real cons, just hard to get fulltime placement. I was a contract employee and there were alot of other contractors. Seemed to be the norm.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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