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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. Work with smart people who are willing to share information.

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are willing to share knowledge which is not the norm in this industry. This is the first place I have worked where the people are great about that. Also, I get to work on cool projects that no one else in the world works on.

    Cons

    A company like this requires a lot of long hours, so the work and life balance is often hard to come by.

    Advice to Management

    None...but management does solicite advice and they do give feedback so we know they listen.


  2. One of the best jobs of my life because I work with such great people.

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    To repeat what I wrote before, the people I work for and work with here are very smart and confident people.

    Cons

    Sometimes being that it is such a big company it is sometimes hard to be heard when you need to voice concerns or comments.

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. Dynamic place to work due to diverse cultures.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The variety of different projects and the speed of completion. I am truly very satisfied - pleased there is an endless list of pros.

    Cons

    Sometimes people need to realize when we work with other companies they may not work at the same speed as Google. So their expectations are often skewed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up good work!


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  5. Very laid-back and flexible environment. Challenging at times.

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As you've probably heard, Google has great benefits (insurance) and flexible hours. If you want to, you can work from home.

    Cons

    One thing that is a negative aspect for me here is that sometimes my job at Google can be repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. Very open communication compared to other employers, self-directed, company empowers people.

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    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great insurance benefits, free food, equipment is available whenever you want it to be, and there is always whatever you need (monitor, etc.)

    Cons

    The company is growing fast and it is easy to imagine that there will possibly be some growing pains in the future.

    Advice to Management

    None


  7. Google is such a great place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks and incentives are a major plus. I work with a lot of smart people and the people are the best part.

    Cons

    No cons to share at this time.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  8. Working for Google there is always a massive amount of opportunity to learn.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    We are at the forefront of new technology and so we are working with very high tech professionals every day.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Helpful (1)

    It is exciting and rewarding job.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with here, as well as an enjoyable work environment. I love to come to work every day!

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing a fabulous job, have no feedback.


  10. An open, collaborative, innovative and flexible place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Online Sales & Operations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager, Online Sales & Operations in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An amazing spirit of innovation, open collaborative atmosphere, great employee development and career advancement, and exceptional senior management.

    Cons

    Well, this is a young company, so there are lots of internal changes. This is to be expected, but for me it is a negative.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on innovation and a world class product.


  11. Googlicious

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You work with the brightest people in the world who are also very modest and kind. Very fun, enjoyable, flexible atmosphere where you can be yourself. Every day I was there I found another reason to love it. The campus is very well connected and collegial. The food is obviously amazing. They are also always inviting speakers and musicians and finding ways to keep you entertained and learning. I could go on and on, but I was very happy there.

    Cons

    Team Leads were often inexperienced and poor. They were not use to working with so many high achievers and did a poor job managing them. Often had issues of micro management. The salary was average to below average depending on what department you were working for.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful who you promote and what other people think of them



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