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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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  1.  

    Very good experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    A large company with well known and famous mentors. Foods are free and are delicious. Lots of activities.

    Cons

    No particular cons I can think of

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Smart people enjoying excellent perks, with extremely spotty management.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Everybody who's paying attention knows how great the perks are. Between on-site gyms, massage, a wide selection of health benefits, 401k and stock grants, competitive salary, and of course the free, gourmet meals, it's one of the cushiest jobs in Silicon Valley.

    The technical challenges are interesting, and the code base is enormous. Engineers are encouraged to fix any and all problems, on their own teams or completely separate projects. There is a lot of freedom to do anything that interests you, as long as you have time.

    Cons

    Having good management seems to be a non-goal, at least below the highest levels. The only requirements for becoming a manager are having good enough technical skills to reach the correct job level, and expressing interest. Because of this, middle management is extremely hit-or-miss. Employees are often expected to figure out how to grow on their own, with little or no guidance, even for those fresh out of school. Many managers still have technical responsibilities, and let their people-management responsibilities fall by the wayside.

    It is unclear so far just how Larry Page taking over as CEO will affect the company as a whole, at least in terms of work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be transparent about company direction and motives. When you hire the best and brightest, they don't want to feel like they're being lied to.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Overrated!!!

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    the perks working here are very enticing

    Cons

    no room to really advance. You're just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!!! Don't be a Hi.P.P.O

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but the contracting experience makes you feel like an outsider

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    Current Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great perks, work-life balance, little hierarchy, genuinely friendly coworkers, great place to network and meet future entrepreneurs, diverse workplace, LGBT friendly, open culture, smart coworkers.

    Cons

    As a contractor there is a lack of transparency about the opportunity for conversion to permanent roles. Also, many young colleagues complain that no other company recruits so many bright people to then put them in very low level jobs with remedial tasks.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rough introduction followed by good job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    We are plied with small perks like espresso and organic vegetables.

    Cons

    The first month was very rough for me. I was given no real introduction to the company, and had to learn by fire. The security restrictions on your personal computer and network get in the way of productivity, and are generally frustrating. I need to have a field tech come to my workstation to install software that doesn't happen to be whitelisted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't take away sudo on linux machines. Make Noogler classes available to contractors.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    There are many things to love about working at Google, but the PEOPLE that work here are the best.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Pick a passion and run with it. You make your career at Google, not your manager.

    Cons

    MBA/Mckinsey management takeover has depleted the entrepreneurial spirit in some groups (but not all).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work and smart people, but very hierarchical

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, good connections, looks great on resume, interesting projects, provides transportation if applicable, lots of resources and funding for projects

    Cons

    Hierarchical, lots of levels of management, not a design focused company, "the more features the better" perspective, some copying of other startup ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on new products are are simple and innovative rather than stuffing every possible feature in each product.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great internship experience and responsibility, but it definitely depends on which team you're on

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    Former Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Very open communication from senior management all the way down to interns
    Vested interest in employees and personal development (GoogleEDU)
    Smartest / most creative people I've met

    Cons

    Slow recruiting and conversion process
    Such a large company that it's difficult to be organized (in terms of knowing how to get a certain piece of information or resource)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speed up the recruiting process because you lose valuable candidates when you wait too long to give decisions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Quirky, Fun, Supportive

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great benefits, great culture, enthusiastic team

    Cons

    Low pay, interview process is extremely rigorous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The best employer I've ever had

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    • 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

    - available food onsite
    - very competitive salary
    - good bonuses
    - variety of projects
    - clear communication w/ management
    - smart people working there

    Cons

    - traffic in the morning around the main campus
    - no "start-up" feeling any more - lot's of people, lot's of projects

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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