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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.  

    Great place to start career in Silicon Valley

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    -Free food is great
    -Great learning opportunity

    Cons

    -Tough to get new projects started

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Invest in new areas

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 25 people found this helpful  

    Do not ever join Google as Software Engineer in Test

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You will interact with one of the most brilliant computer science workers
    Free food, free beer, shuttles, opportunity to shake hands with Obama and all the glitz.
    Sunny state, beautiful campus, I even do my laundry there some days

    Cons

    You will face Software Engineering like interviews. They will test your ability to code and be excellent at algorithms and will be given utterly shitty job
    You will regret joining the company unless you are a fresh graduate student who likes to be pampered
    Pay is shitty as well except few lucky testers who get placed in "high profile" or "high demand" projects
    You will feel like a slave
    There is no getting out of it easily
    I have a degree from one of the top schools and I am already regretting joining google

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more opportunities to test engineers and engineers in test
    they have ambitions too

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally one of the best

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Tons of career development, transparency, benefits, intelligent coworkers, exciting industry to be engaged in. Relaxed, casual and fun atmosphere. Lots of side projects that you can dip your toes in.

    Cons

    Too much ambiguity at times, relatively low pay, promotional structure is opaque and frustrating, engineers can be difficult to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparent and clearer promotional structure and guidelines would be incredibly appreciated and helpful. Make sure there is movement in management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Google

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    great benefits
    amazing people to work with
    wonderful work environment
    amazing food!
    innovative work environment

    Cons

    Sometimes decisions are made top down with little to no involvement from middle management.
    Although they have peer recognition programs in place I don't think management does enough to recognize the efforts of their employees -- especially their managers.
    The extensive collaboration can at times drag projects out because everyone has to be involved and have their say in the project.
    As a larger company now -- Google seems to be far more process and structure driven -- partly out of necessity -- but it has changed the overall attitude and work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the efforts of your managers and involve manager in the decisions especially when it comes to initiatives that impact the people they manage.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    constant restructuring

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    *Perks
    *Brand Name on CV
    *Has long-term potential if it can become a real company and not a startup anymore
    *Some really smart people can be found

    Cons

    Reorgs every 6 months regardless of departmental needs.
    Getting promoted on merit is near impossible.
    Zombie projects are the norm.
    Lots of people trying to steal your ideas and backstab you for advancement opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineering is out of control. Too many duplicated projects. Quality is not rewarded, only things that ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place for engineers

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    * Great Co-workers. My experience has been overwhelmingly positive in this area. My co-workers are smart, motivated, and trustworthy. I can count on them for design and execution.
    * Great products. Loving the product you work on is great motivation for getting up in the morning.
    * Engineer-oriented. Product managers for the most part do not call the shots. Engineering bears most of the responsibility for design, timelines, etc.
    * Flexible hours. Performance really is king; engineers have a lot of flexibility in deciding when to come in and leave.
    * Food. Delicious.
    * Idealism. "Don't be evil" isn't just some marketing ploy that insiders scoff at. There's a real culture of accountability.
    * Stability. I heard of no one in engineering that was worried about their job due to the global economic crisis.
    * Scale. You're probably working on something millions of people use. There's great job satisfaction in that.

    Cons

    * Limited upside compared to a start-up. You don't come to Google thinking you're going to strike it rich in one fell swoop anymore. This is the price of stability.
    * Company has grown quite large. There's something intangible that changes with growth, and even getting to know everyone in your extended team can be hard. There are no all-company events anymore. These have been replaced with organization-specific events.
    * Management quality varies. I have a great manager but I've heard horror stories.
    * Your initial project is assigned based on expressed preferences and relevant experience. It may take time to get off of it if you don't like it.
    * Ramp up may take some time, but don't get discouraged as this is expected. The software stack is almost all in-house and so there's indirect transfer to other systerms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall senior management is extremely competent, and product vision is well articulated. Better training for middle management should be a priority. Proposed increase to financial efficiency (e.g., by cutting perks) should be weighed against the impact on employee satisfaction (they've done reasonably well in this area).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great perks, boring job

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Risk Operations Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Risk Operations Associate in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The benefits package is amazing, even if you're just a temp. Fun atmosphere, always a lot of perks, even if the job itself is boring. Coworkers tend to be friendly peers rather than smarmy corporate types, although there's a lot of corporate lingo around.

    Cons

    Long hours, plus I had to work occasional weekends and holidays - didn't have much of a personal life outside of work. Also gained 15 pounds. Great place to get ahead in business, but not if you've got different kinds of career goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more transparency in decisionmaking, but this is the case in all companies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Online Sales and Operations Associate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Online Sales and Operations Associate in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    -Lots of cool people
    -Lots of perks
    -Lots of respect from business schools/grad schools
    -Really chill place to work !

    Cons

    -You work really hard and don't make much in comparison
    -Lots of people who graduated from the same school in that office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Don't let the culture die
    -Preserve your brand
    -Make sure that you don't scare your top talent away through instabilty

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's Google! What do you expect?

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    the perks ad name recognition are second to none

    Cons

    It's an engineering company that just happens to need sales people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great place to work, but more attention needs to be paid to the sales organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but not a startup anymore.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    - Great perks, from free food from >10 cafes, gym, flexible timings
    - Amazing people to work with, some of the smartest people i know
    - Its Google!
    - Lots of opportunities to learn and increase your skill set

    Cons

    - Not a startup anymore, starting to feel like a corporate environment
    - Compensation not as high as other companies in the locality
    - Recognition for your work is sometimes lacking
    - Can get lost in the sea of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - More feedback on performance to employees, in addition to the review cycles
    - Keep all the people involved in setting the direction for new projects

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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