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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great overall working experience here.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and great employee interactions.

    Cons

    The commute from San Francisco can be a little long but is rewarding when you get to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's working out great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Incredible mentorship and intern work that was deep and substantial

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    Former Intern - User Interaction Design in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - User Interaction Design in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    My manager, and other designers and engineers on my team, took the time to tell me about the history of the product I was working on, and what design and development work was currently happening. I felt very involved and invested in everything my team was working on, even though I only directly worked on a few things. My manager also made sure I could choose between a few intern projects according to my goals. I ended up working on something that I was deeply interested in, allowed me to build important skills (that have been extremely valuable in searching for future internships)…and it shipped! I became close to other design interns, and many of them had stories about their managers searching out projects and opportunities where they could make a—excuse the cliché—substantial impact.

    The design community within Google is extremely welcoming, and I met some great designers across the company who were very willing to give career advice. There were tons of internal resources to help me learn the ropes and teach myself some new skills.

    Obviously, the perks were great. But I think the professional mentorship and experience I got (I have an awesome thing to put in my portfolio, too!) would have made it worth it even if I didn't get free food.

    Cons

    I was never too lazy to walk to the kitchenette for snacks, but I was always too lazy to go to the gym. Struggles.

    (No cons, really. The entire experience was great for me.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google's internship program isn't used to supporting design interns. A few things from the first few weeks bothered me—a lot of the "welcome to Google!" onboarding stuff assumed everyone was an engineering intern, and I was assigned a Chromebook (how am I going to design with that?) my first week. My manager had to put in extra work to get my equipment to me so I could start working on a project.

    I would have loved more events specific to design interns—lectures, round tables, social events. I think this is something that needs to improve as Google continues to hire more design interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Lots of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, hard problems, very competitive salary and the best benefits around.

    Cons

    Can be hard to advance with so many great people around you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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    Former Contractor - Training Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Training Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Google as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Working with incredible people and learning a lot about the tech industry

    Cons

    Being on contract you are completely closed out from GROW, and therefore working on and developing new skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    An incredible place to work

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Year after year, Google is rated the best company to work for. Open culture, interesting people, passionate about making an impact on the world.

    Cons

    All the free food is tough to resist :) Google is a big company, so it can't move as fast as a startup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing!

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best tech company to work for

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    • 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

    Free food, paternity leave, get to take a break and cool off outside, great environment, great company, great products, awesome

    Cons

    Hard to move up and promote within the company, lots of competition from other employees than are way better than you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    One of the best combinations of work and play

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible perks (i.e. bowling alley, juice bar, indoor rock climbing wall) and driven employees. Such a rewarding atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Because of the highly qualified employees, the atmosphere can also at times feel competitive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Segment Lead in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Segment Lead in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, perks, salary, interesting products, great career opportunities.

    Cons

    The Bay Area is getting increasingly expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing benefits and relaxed work experience with lots of opportunities for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - User Experience Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the attitude is really relaxed. People are very willing to chat with you about anything and they really want to share their knowledge with people The lifestyle is amazing, with opportunities for improvement in all areas that you could imagine including health

    Cons

    There is the tendency to stay on campus really late so work life balance isn't great. I'd also say the feedback system was lacking and my specific manager was not always helpful when I was trying to get advice on how to improve.

    Recommends
  11.  

    An amazing place to work, grow, and have fun

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Strong management, great pay, out-of-this-world perks, many growth opportunities, and so much fun

    Cons

    Big company - this can be a turn off for some, but it's never bothered me a bit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are great at challenging us to think differently and not being stuffy. Keep doing what you're doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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