Google Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
2,477 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    challenging, supportive, focused, important

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    NYC, meals, soccer team, meals, benies,

    Cons

    don't know yet, will find out inevitably

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a great sit-down talk with someone outside my group about my long term plans. I hope everyone gets that talk,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great 3 years with full of fun and nice experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company culture, working with smart people, as an organization open to new ideas, feedback mechanism where everyone can be assessed no matter what their position is.

    Cons

    Salaries are not that satisfying, getting promotion does not only depend on how well you do your job but you need some show off to be visible at management level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encouraging people to get involved in side projects is good whereas it sometimes make people feel that they have to do it just to get promotion. That causes people waste their times working on useless projects just to show they are in "a project".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great summer working on open source projects.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Highly smart and supportive people. Lots to learn from everyone.

    Cons

    Didn't get much exposure thereafter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good work for hard-working people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Rewards for performance rather than according to position. Excellent learning possibilities internally as well externally even if not related to a role.

    Cons

    Working with lots of experienced professionals is a challenge itself. Be sure to be ready to work with competitive(in good way) people that challenge the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wide range of possibilities in taking time off of any kind. Constant emphasis on self development. If you want to be heard you will be heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, great values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The benefits and care of employees is obviously world class, and compensation is almost unmatchable. But the company attracts some of the best talent and best people to work with in the world, which is the most important bit. Potential impact is always huge, and it's great to wake up in the morning and hear that the company you work for is going to try and defeat death, or bring internet in balloons to rural areas.

    Cons

    Google has gotten really large, and depending on where you are in the company, some bureaucracy and politics can get in the way. The company is very conscious of it, though, so it's less than you might see at other companies of this size. Launching is also the main emphasis -- it's hard to hire some of the brightest people in the world and ask them to just maintain some code base. Almost everyone is very entrepreneurial and always want to be working on new things, so maintaining things and following through of things can sometimes be difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Culture is great so are people

    Cons

    No cons or negatives at all

  8.  

    Best place to intern!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Generous housing stipend. Salary is not super high but there are free food and free shuttle to make it up. Very supportive & friendly managers, host, mentors and co-workers. Lots of training classes for personal development. Lots of resources. Almost everything/everyone is accessible.

    Cons

    No personal rooms even for managers. Open workspace is quite distracting. The first few weeks are very intimidating and over-whelming.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Red Badge... aka Temp

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I really was amazed by all the amenities on campus.

    Even though I was just a temp... it was a chance to socialize & work with some very smart people.

    Cons

    For most red badges, (temps), there is absolutely no chance of them ever being hired on as a full-time employee.

    However, that doesn't stop some of them from trying with a "take no prisoners" approach.

    They will throw you under the bus & stab you in the back whenever possible.

    Always CYA !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say "hi" to some of the red badges when they walk by.

  10.  

    Good experience for summer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    I really appreciate the nice food of Google's cafe. I also love the harmonious environment in Google, such as various activities like sports meeting, Take your child at work, etc. I meet so many friendly colleagues. Besides, I enjoy Google's flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salaries for summer interns in China are not high, especially for undergraduate students, compared to interns in U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope there will be more cool teams in China.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    benefits, food, terrific co workers

    Cons

    crowded, competing for talent, remote offices

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