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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 (4)

    A great place to work but upward mobility seems less than likely

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    Former Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - BOLD Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Still one of the best places to work--amazing perks, a true commitment to work-life balance, incredible openness about important company information from the top-down, dedicated to providing feedback and resources to help you develop professionally, smart/friendly/driven individuals that you interact with every day

    Cons

    Base pay is just okay; work is not easy (very sink or swim), lots of internal procedures are always changing and often confusing; difficult to maintain a balance with so many things going on at once (a diversity/chaos of activity)

    Advice to Management

    Providing opportunities for accelerated upward growth will help reward top talent


  2. Helpful (16)

    Good place to start, but do not stay there for a long

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    Former Employee - Stff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Stff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is the best place to start for a fresh graduate. You can learn a lot here. I loved working on mapreduce infrastructure, the google implementation is years ahead of any implementation (hadoop etc) and learned a lot. It was incredibly easy to find a job after I left Google, my experience was valued very much by other companies. Until very recent times Google was the best place to work on new innovative projects in any area from information retrieval and natural language processing to large scale distributed system. The infrastructure of datacenters is very impressive, very few companies can give you similar resources. It's up to employee to decide how much time he spends in his office and how much time he works from home. Food is free and many other benefits are available.

    Cons

    Google management is pretty bad. Many cool innovative ideas from engineers were "killed" by managers because they were unable to understand their importance. Projects similar to facebook and yelp were made in google long time ago and they did not start and succeed because of management failure. Top management never understood importance of social and local until very recent time. Promotion system is really bad. I was glad to get my promotions but many people are very unhappy. There is no fair system to evaluate quality and amount of your results. Basically, everything depends on your manager, he likes you, you are doing very well, he dislikes you, you are in hell. Recent privacy scandals were very embarrassing for many employees. I did not expect my company to intercept wi-fi traffic.

    Advice to Management

    Start respecting your employees and listening to them. Start respecting privacy laws, so your employees will respect you and your policies


  3. Forward-thinking, innovative company with plenty of opportunities to grow

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    Current Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Associate in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google has one of the best company environments I've ever worked in. People are friendly, intelligent, honest, and genuinely concerned about the user experience above all else.

    Cons

    As Google grows, it seems like there are hundreds of different projects going on at once. It is a bit overwhelming, but also very exciting to see that Google can foster such an open, start-up environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the incredible work! As Google has grown, the management team has successfully remained focused on the user and the employees.


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  5. Amazing if you're an engineer. Great if you're anything but.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Number of unparalleled perks and benefits - Known for its young, intelligent, enthusiastic workforce - Many opportunities for personal growth (classes and talks)

    Cons

    - Easy to feel lost in the crowd - If you're not an engineer, you're not valued as highly - Projects move slowly (huge bureaucracy) - Advancement within the company seems unusually difficult

    Advice to Management

    - Provide more opportunities for advancement within and across the company - Engender greater respect for non-engineers (offer more engineer-like opportunities)


  6. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great place to work but need to have more pay for the work they give

    Cons

    More work... not much pay..

    Advice to Management

    Provide more benefits to employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great MBA Internship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great perks and benefits overall -Smart people -Ever-changing

    Cons

    -The hiring process is intense -A lot of information - difficult to manage it all (ironic, huh)


  8. Helpful (1)

    good place to work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good work-life balance, openness about important company information from the top-down, dedicated to providing feedback and resources to help you develop professionally

    Cons

    pay is okay; work is not easy. lots of internal procedures are always changing and often confusing; not enough hierarchy; difficult to maintain a balance with so many things going on at once;

    Advice to Management

    increase number of interns and managers; increase base pay and reward according to accomplishment ; provide more locations to work; don't grow too fast


  9. Helpful (1)

    Its good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance and the benefits by far

    Cons

    Too Engineer focused and not much thought given to internal infrastructure and operations

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate all functions of the company and not just the engineers


  10. Helpful (7)

    Great place to learn, tough place to grow

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities to learn about technology, product management from some of the best and the brightest. You can instantly work on a high traffic product day one.

    Cons

    Hard to grow in your career. Lots of unattractive projects for new people. If you aren't careful, you can easily get stuck with something you don't want to do.

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries - they did this recently. Don't give new people the unattractive work, find a way to distrubute it among current employees and spread the load.


  11. Still a very nice place to work, after all these years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - very nice engineering infrastructure, you can a lot of resources to do things you can never think of in other places

    Cons

    - big and complex, could move faster in some areas



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