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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. 22 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced, lots of work, lots of reward, smart people, great values and respect.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager, Online Sales & Operations  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Manager, Online Sales & Operations in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    The following is related to sales operations management.
    You'll work with very smart people, and get a lot of support and feedback around doing your best work. Most senior managers have great knowledge, a lot of advice to offer, and value open, transparent communication.
    You'll likely work the hardest you've ever worked at Google, but you'll also be greatly rewarded. Also, Google makes it very easy to work your hardest, and that's a huge bonus if you're interested in super-charging your career.
    Example (day in the life): take free shuttle to work; use available corp vehicles to run daytime errands; grab a hand brewed coffee and gourmet breakfast before starting work; communicate with brightest in your industry during the day; visit a tech-talk and learn something new; workout in the gym w/ a trainer before lunch; have lunch with a colleague at 1 of >15 free themed cafes; grab an espresso shot from the micro-kitchen on way to your desk; collaborate on a new project with someone in a different working group; back to your own work; quick $5 chair massage to rejuvenate; swing by tech-stop on way to grab a new mouse, before your professional desk ergonomic consultation begins; more work; grab gourmet dinner starting at 6:30; woah, it's late - time to go home; grab late (8:30) shuttle home. (I guess i'll have to do my laundry for free at work tomorrow).

    Cons

    Google is changing, and it's experiencing some growing pains.
    There are new projects and focus areas every week, and the grouping of functions and teams changes constantly. As a result, managers are responsible to new macro functional groups, and new projects or focus areas every month or so. This seems an unnecessary distraction, amounting to 25% superfluous work.
    The change in org structure has made it hard to maintain the career path of your choice. Instead, you must choose from available Google-centric career paths. These are not always (or often) composed of conventional roles, since Google is both changing rapidly, and unconventional to begin with.
    Most of the people hired at Google 5+ years ago, don't have the credentials to be hired there today. This complicates internal transfers, even though HR attempts to solve that issue.
    Those joining Google from acquisitions are rarely hirable at Google in any other way, yet their experience and contributions once onboard are typically at par. This again complicates the internal transfer process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accommodating to veteran Googlers. The company is changing very fast, and they need active guidance to navigate successfully. Active - not reactive.
    Be more direct when providing guidance and mentoring to all managers and direct reports. Google is getting a bit too "careful", and I've found that more managers these days are reluctant to tell it like it is, for fear of appearing undiplomatic. Diplomacy and tact should make a manager a better communicator, not a constrained one.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Company. Team REALLY matters

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Really smart people, great benefits, amazing level of transparency and access, people -especially at the top are really committed to "getting it right"

    Cons

    Essentially Google has more than a few terrible middle managers. This is mostly because the really great people will often leave for school or more lucrative opportunities (because getting promotions can be very difficult) and often the people who stay are those who bide their time and are solid but not rock start performers. So your Google experience will depend a lot on who your direct manager is...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scanner  in  Ypsilanti, MI
    Former Employee - Scanner in Ypsilanti, MI

    Pros

    The company allowed me to achieve growth and a better willingness to learn! I was able to advance from working within groups.

    Cons

    It was under a 2 year (only) temporary contract. It gave little growth for promotion within the company. I would have loved to get hired in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep giving young adults the opportunity to work for a great company. Maybe more promotional moves will be highly appreciated!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing experience with a company that cares and is relevant

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    -Google Full Timers are very helpful in terms of meeting with interns to give advice.
    -Information is freely shared and the company is very transparent.
    -Great recruiting staff that are an awesome support system for interns
    -Fun perks
    -Sweet pay
    -Opportunities to learn and network
    -Surrounded by intelligent and savvy people

    Cons

    Hardly any, there are literally no reasons not to intern here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Smart and driven people, managers open and willing to speak with you.

    Cons

    Party culture, some people seem to be there for the perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Up until 3 years ago amazing. Going public made it far too political, causing many issues with management & leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    They work hard, but are allowed to play hard. 3 free meals/day + unlimited snacks. Great company sponsored outings!

    Cons

    getting very political, a lot of nepotism. Very negative vibe from employees regarding manager competency.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    It's becoming a place where most people are treated like servers -- interchangeable and replaceable.

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

    Pros

    In the right Eng group, young engineers will learn a lot. The food is good. The bicycles are handy.

    Cons

    For more senior people, odds are, you're going to be waiting a long time for any kind of promotion. You will also be way older than most of the people you work with, and your manager may or may not understand family commitments. (Google in general does.)

    Your manager may or may not care about you. If you get a good manager, great. If you get a lousy one, it may or may not get fixed in any reasonable amount of time, and it can be hard to transfer out if you're having any difficulty with your manager. I had the worst manager of my 30 year career there, and should have just quit after I figured that out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emulating the secrecy, siloing and hierarchy of Apple will not result in Google being as good at focus and product as Apple.

    Google needs to encourage lightweight experimentation (in a way that 20% time doesn't really do, since it's often "120% time"). Once there are a bunch of organizations who all want to prevent you from launching quickly and easily, innovation suffers.

    Even line engineers, TLMs, and lower level managers are not in fact interchangeable, and the company (or at least the Sales organization) shouldn't re-org every few months.

    People get promotions based on politics and who sucks up to whom, not based on merit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Perfect!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Perfect job as noticed by press.

    Cons

    Difficult to get an offer.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very nice company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Respect engineers in decision making.
    A lot of mobility in moving into projects
    Information open to everyone and transparent process
    World-class peers to work with

    Cons

    The work-life balance is hard to achieve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the openness

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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