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Updated July 6, 2015
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Pros
  • Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is extremely hard (in 122 reviews)

  • Big company so it takes time to know who's doing what (in 93 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Exceptional company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Surrounded by some of the most brilliant, creative people in the industry. Everyone is typically excited to work on their respective projects and unified behind the vision of the company.

    Cons

    Things are starting to move slower; this is a natural construct of operating at as large of a scale as Google does, but the company has lost its start-up feel.

    Advice to Management

    Management is continually trying to improve on the cons described above, so it's nothing new. Continuing to remove red tape is huge.


  2. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You get free food, constant stock refreshes, great amenities and smart people to work with. What more could you want from a big company?

    Cons

    Google is so big and in so many markets it's hard to see the forest through the trees sometimes. Staying on top of ever changing technologies and knowledge is often time hard. It would be nice to have a few days a year for "reading days."

    Advice to Management

    You're really doing a great job. I love working there. We get even time to hang out for fun with coworkers- what more could you ask for?


  3. Autonomy and Impact

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy in all we do: supplier selection, system design strategy, scheduling, networking
    Cross-functional teams and collaboration with outstanding peers
    Stock, perks, campus amenities

    Cons

    Getting more corporate all the time
    More and more "fruit company" defectors bringing the 24/7 cut throat culture that they claim to be escaping from
    Mountain View and Bay Area COL insanity is on the verge of making it not worth it. (Washington competitors looking more attractive)

    Advice to Management

    Remember why we're here: Don't Be Evil


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  5. Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Open, laidback culture
    Opportunity to learn and develop skills

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy and redtape

    Advice to Management

    Too much bureaucracy, too many layers, things happen slowly


  6. Product Marketing Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Marketing in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are super smart, the atmosphere is amazing -- really love working here.

    Cons

    Things can be slow at times, the bigger it gets the more hierarchical it gets. Promotions aren't always fair given the volume of people.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on execution and promoting people for good work.


  7. Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very advanced technologies
    Smart coworkers
    Management is effective.
    Treats employees very well.

    Cons

    The office is a little crowded.


  8. Overall - very good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Growth, Peers, Benefits, Challenges, Industry leader

    Cons

    Location, Compensation, Goal alignment,


  9. Great experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Everything is as good as they say it is.

    Cons

    As an intern, it's stressful ramping up to get familiar with all of Google's proprietary technologies.


  10. Mailroom

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly nice homely cool outstanding

    Cons

    Nothing really that can be a con

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up yall doing grrrreat


  11. Product Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome company. Great benefits. Free food.

    Cons

    Not much I can think about.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.



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