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Review Highlights

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. 11 people found this helpful  

    So far, so good

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

    Pros

    Yes, the food is great and the 401k match is amazing. The base compensation is not top of market. I'd say it's average at best, but what really makes up for it are the bonuses, bonus multipliers and stock grants, which you get EVERY YEAR. That's right, EVERY YEAR you get more shares, not options, shares of stock which are currently above $550 each. Bonus multipliers when the company does well are nice. Everyone in the company got a bonus last quarter just because the company beat its own expectations.

    What has made Google really great are the brilliant minds that work there. Best machine learning people on the planet. Creator of the Python programming language. One of the authors of C. There are so many brilliant people at Google, and yet, the pecking order is pretty flat. When you start, you'll enter your Noogler class and be immediately overwhelmed since your class will have the top guys from Yahoo, IBM, Oracle and so forth with the same title as you - you'll wonder if you belong. Everybody you meet at Google will have been the best, most talented person at their previous organization. Somehow, Google has managed to preserve an open culture where people really aren't arrogant. I don't know where this "arrogant Google engineer" stereotype came from, because this is about as far from the truth as it gets. You will learn so many secrets it will blow your mind. The tools you have available are mind blowing. You get to dogfood and have your applications dogfooded internally long before they are released.

    20% time exists! In reality it's never as sexy as working on Gmail, but if you have a passion, say, writing a MySQL client in Go, the new language Google released, go for it.

    Google engineers can take time to attend classes to improve themselves. Google invests a lot of money in career development for their employees.

    There's too much good stuff going on at Google to put down. I'm sure some of the other reviews will cover them.

    Cons

    It could suck for you if you are not a developer. If you are a developer, you never have to worry about things like squeezing out money from your products, but if you're anyone else the pressure is constantly on.

    The Mountain View office has the best vibe, and this vibe is missing from the other offices.

    Honestly, I don't care about this one but not all the fringe perks are as good as the media makes it out to be. Massages aren't free, you have to earn credits. You get one a year on your birthday and these are often given out as prizes for internal contests. Dry cleaning isn't free. Etc.

    You will be too busy to take advantage of all the perks.

    Base compensation is not great, but Google rarely lays people off. Google hires people that want to do a good job, so this isn't a place where if you have a bad quarter you are gone. You simply may be passed up for bonus, which will suck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More strongly encourage mixing between groups. Invest more in classes and letting Googlers actually go to the classes.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was very satisfied.

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

    Pros

    (1) awesome technologiy
    (2) Wonderful coworkers
    (3) Very open and encouraging work environment
    (4) Last but certainly not least, the great food.

    Cons

    Your career growth might not be as quick as you expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    good for newbie in the industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    Pros

    Good name in your resume, but less opportunity since it is a huge companies now. Further, it is up to the team you are working on and the managers. The management structure is kind of mess. But it is full of tenants who you can learn from.

    Cons

    less opportunity since it is a huge companies now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good technical leaders, but terrible inter-personal and management skills many times.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Google is Overrated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Great infrastructure, smart senior managers,great benefits

    Cons

    Easy to get lost in the crowd, culture is a bit obsessive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the arrogance!

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

    • 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

    Pros

    Great perks, good atmosphere, challenging problems, very employee friendly, peer driven reviews, good food, deadline driven, competitive compensation

    Cons

    higher pressure, deadlines, work life balance off, big company, not much mentoring, need to be hard working, lacks training and tutoring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve the following - reduce work pressure, imrove work life balance off, keep working to reduce big company problems, imrpvoe training and tutoring

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    An awesome place to work

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

    Pros

    There are many things said about working for Google, so it makes no sense to reiterate them, but yes the perks are great and the compensation is competitive, and there are very few places that are that much fun to work at!

    What makes working for Google special is the projects you're working on, instead of re-implementing old concepts you can spend your time on working on new concepts that haven't been done before, if you're passionate about changing the world this is the place to do it at.

    And the people you work with are just as great, incredibly smart and motivated and a real pleasure and inspiration to work with.

    In the end, isn't that what's most important? Feeling that you're making a difference and doing something useful, and doing it with people you enjoy working with.

    Cons

    There are a few people who've grown lazy or are waiting for their stock to vest, but fortunately they are a minority and in my daily life it isn't an issue at all .. it depends a bit on the team you're on though.

    Also Google is the new favorite target in the press, while a huge amount of what is written is still positive it does sometime require shaking off some wildly speculating headlines and being very careful what you tell the press, if that's a part of your function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Google is an amazing company, with a very flat, fair and open culture with many of the best people of the sector .. keep doing what you're doing, and make sure that as Google grows we don't loose this magic touch in the process

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good experience as long as it lasts

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    +Very collegial culture
    +Awesome perks
    +Great place to work if you find the right team/manager combination
    +Lots of flexibility in how you want to design your objectives and do your job

    Cons

    -Significantly different experience across teams
    -Very important to have a strong manager who is willing to champion your career progression, etc; often leads to situations where work is ignored if manager is busy pushing personal agenda
    -Strong disparity in talent at international offices; greatly insecure senior management in some teams who wouldn't mind stepping over their team members and misrepresenting info upwards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time defining career paths
    Make internal mobility across teams easier (even if it is to one of the "sacred" teams such as the Product Management team)
    Keep up the good work of designing and launching breakthrough products and technology

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Used to be much better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    Pros

    - Great colleagues, very smart people

    Cons

    - Compensation
    - Promotions are not transparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be more down to earth.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Google has a long way to go.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Free Food
    Perks (Massages, Onsite Laundry, Dry Cleaning Service)
    Bonus Plan/Compensation
    Annual Trips
    Flexibility to work from home
    Working with some of the smartest people in technology!!

    Cons

    Lack of Communication from Management
    Promotion/Advancement Process (360 Review plan)
    Lack of Process for a Company it's size
    Lack of training for new managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRAIN YOUR NEW MANAGERS - Some of the super smart & talented engineers are thrusted into management positions with no training - They need to be trained!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Place to Work as an Engineer

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

    Pros

    My 2 main criteria for working at a company are 1. that there are smart people to work with and 2. that there are interesting things to work on. Google excels at both of these traits and I've been completely satisfied all of the years I've worked there. The free food and abundance of other benefits aren't so bad either.

    Cons

    There's very little that I can think of that would constitute a downside at Google. For those looking for a startup opportunity its as close as a big company can get but still not the same thing (i.e. pitching a project at Google is a lot less stressful than pitching your business plan to a VC).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there's one thing I'd like to remind management of, its that the data driven culture at Google is imperative to its continued success. They're very aware of this already which is a very good thing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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