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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Google Summer of Code was the best experience a student can get

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    Former Employee - Google Summer of Code Open Source Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Google Summer of Code Open Source Developer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Completely depends on the organization you choose to participate with, but the majority are rigorous, challenging and rewarding. I was able to solve extremely difficult problems while being mentored by the best possible mentors, and I intend to participate in GSoC '13.

    Cons

    No interaction with Google, which is a great and bad thing. Could use a slightly stricter structure, but overall the program is what you make of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expand the program to more students!

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

    Good, not great, company

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart, motivated people. Great tools and build systems. Great infrastructure for building web properties.

    Cons

    Bad mid-level management, without a great way to do career development. Discipline around people management relatively weak. Review model ok, not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career development and management reviews

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nerdvana

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding technical environment. Lots of talented and super smart contributors. The perks are really nice: food, guest talks. 20% time for engineers to invent what they really care about. The company is trying real hard to do good for society and promote a progressive agenda.

    Cons

    The culture rewards the top performers. It favors young professionals who just graduated and have tons of time to dedicate to work. It is much more difficult for experienced contributors who have constraints outside the office: family, hobbies, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to recognize the contributions of those who work smarter, not just harder. And find a way to let those who cannot work 80 hrs/wk still feel like they can have a meaningful and recognized contribution.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Super smart folks, but definitely feels like a big company

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Get to work with some of the smartest and best programmers in the world. Have your choice of lots of interesting teams to work on. Free food. Good pay, benefits, etc.

    Cons

    It definitely feels like a big company, which means it's super-easy to coast and not do a whole lot, and it's super easy to feel like you're working on a tiny part of a gigantic company. Lots of free food doesn't make up for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your engineers feel like the problem they're working on is important. If it's not important, then shut it down and focus them on something else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very good culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Open atmosphere, flexible working hours, lots of interesting projects

    Cons

    Almost everyone is smart and hardworking, which creates some pressure. This is healthy for the company and the career, though.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software engineer intern at Google!

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Leader in all web-based solutions like search, mail, etc. A very healthy work environment where you are surrounded by the brightest minds. Immense learning and positive energy.

    Cons

    None I can think of. The only downside (according to me, but can't be generalized) is Google is no longer is a startup, thus the expectations from a startup like breadth level learning and exposure might not be the same as an early startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its awesome!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fortunate.

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    The people, the culture, and the constant innovation - makes coming to work everyday a fun routine.

    Cons

    We've grown too quickly, making it difficult to get things done as quickly as we were able to years ago. We've also focused on hiring elite students and MBA grads, who don't always have the street sense needed in a dynamic and changing sales organization.

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

    Good place to work, not a startup anymore.

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    Former Employee - Internal Technology Resident in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Internal Technology Resident in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun, free food, awesome other perks, trust, transparency

    Cons

    No longer feels like a startup. Management layer is thick.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 11 people found this helpful  

    Great company

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Google offer an amazing work environment, with unbelievable perks. People around you are very smart

    Whatever you do in Google, you are probably working on (or supporting) an innovative product and having a quite large impact.

    Things move at a very fast pace. The speed is really one of a startup. Organized chaos is how I should describe Google. A chaos that magically works

    It is a relatively flat organization. While there is a well defined chain of command in every function, the individual are still empowered to work cross-functionally and take initiative.

    Cons

    It is getting a little bit too political in Google, which I guess is only natural for 40K company.

    PMs tend to take a bit too much credit for everything around, Engineering are very isolated (maybe by design) from operation/monetization aspects. Other functions are secondary to PM and Engineering in almost every aspect.

    Vision is increasingly a top-down thing with less and less grass root initiatives .......... working on your 20% these days mean your bonus will probably disappear because you need your manager sign-off, which likely has a different agenda, and his own 20%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most middle managers are extremely overloaded and consequently ineffective in managing their teams. It is ridiculous to have any individual managing more than 10 direct reports, and expect him to be informed on his team progress while spending most of his time in x-functional meetings ............ managers tend to never be available for spontaneous discussion, which slow decision making.

    Google should add more layers of management like any other Fortune 500. Hierarchical management when done right is supposed to be a solution for a proactive organization ................. in Google it is more of a problem because of the ideological believe in the flat organization and the extreme reluctance in adding layers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Management really cares about team members

    Cons

    Driving aroung LA is not fun

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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