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Updated March 4, 2015
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Updated March 4, 2015
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Freedom within the company and lots of things to do & learn.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    I work w/ a diverse set of people. You have have great people within the company w/o a lot of micromanagement. You have the freedom to do a job w/o contantly being checked on.

    Cons

    Google can be a bit overwhelming w/ the volume of things that you have to learn. It can also be chaotic because you do have freedom but so much is always going on at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

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  2.  

    Work with smart people who are willing to share information.

    • 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

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Working for Google has been exciting over the last few years but is growing less so over time.

    • 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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    The name recognition that goes along w/ the job and the quality of the engineers is good. It is a relatively flat organization and you can set your own job direction.

    Cons

    It is very difficult to know where management is headed. Over all there is more bureaucracy than there used to be. Not as nimble as I would like

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should consider breaking people down into smaller groups in order to be completely free to do their job.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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

    • 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

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dynamic place to work due to diverse cultures.

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

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up good work!

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    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None.

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    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

    • 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

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None

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    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Google is such a great place to work.

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

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None.

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  10.  

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

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

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    It is exciting and rewarding job.

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

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

    They are doing a fabulous job, have no feedback.

    Recommends
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