Google Reviews

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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 115 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 241 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 82 reviews)

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Poor ethics, cult-like atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Adwords Associate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    great side benefits, free food, nice setting for a corporation. Some of the people were nice to work with, young atmosphere

    Cons

    all benefits at Google are provided so as to keep you at work as long as possible. Serious egotism is a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google leadership needs to remove themselves from their self created pedestal. The world would not end if Google suddenly no longer existed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Google

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    It is a very good company to work for. They provide great benefits and treat their employees well.

    Cons

    You must work long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    N/A

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Innovative, unique culture - highly collaborative and relatively transparent community.

    Cons

    The bigger the company gets, the more difficult it is to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Difficult to navigate career paths across different functions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 13 people found this helpful  

    27 years old and at a loss for what's next:

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Coming out of college, I think Google provides a huge opportunity to advance quickly, but to a point. You'll be given considerable responsibility, and paid accordingly with some pretty terrific perks.

    Cons

    Google is fighting the 'law of large companies', and is doing pretty well but there's a certain inevitability afoot too: Over the four years I've been there, I've noticed scaling back of perks (and also at times a sickening culture of employee entitlement), a steady rise of red tape to run a scalable service in the production environment, a certain amount of stiff corporate speak and a uptightness over branding, image, and in some cases (though definitely not all) an aversion to risk taking has to some extent dampened my enthusiasm a little bit. Still an amazing place to be though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more career paths or guidance for senior engineers... I get the impression that this is where careers go to plateau. I'm 27 years old, and at this level I find myself compensated very well, and with more responsibility than I know what to do with, but I get the impression my choices are being an individual contributor for the next decade, or vying for a management spot. Even so, this is I think a problem for software engineering in general, and I think Google does a much better job at making it a liveable and enjoyable situation than any other large company I can imagine. Even so though, I'd think that a bit more effort in this area could have a noticeable impact on improving retention of experienced engineers (which is already at a pretty solid level relative to just about any other silicon valley firm).

    Recommends
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    Software

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sicily Island, LA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sicily Island, LA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    One of the top 10 companies in America to work for according to Fortune magazine. Its one of the best experiences that I have ever had.

    Cons

    This job is sometimes stressful. I cant really say anythign else about this company that is bad. Good company overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to however, hire from a wide range of places. They only get graduates form one school.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun Place To Work

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great community and a great place to work. The benefits are top notch and the managers seem to generally care about the career future of their employees.

    Cons

    Work is all about self-starting, for good or for bad. If you don't try and create your own projects or find things to do, you will end up doing the things no one wants to do. While this is good for innovation, it makes the first few months on the job suck, as you won't know enough about the baseline to innovate anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In finance, automation should be key. The analysts spend too much time doing things that a computer could take care of. Either purchase software to do some of the job or force internal engineering to develop new applications faster.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    great benefits, culture struggling

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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

    projects have high visibility & impact
    work with very intelligent colleagues
    employees are well catered to

    Cons

    elitism and arrogance are commonplace
    low promotion rate = highly competitive
    as company grows individual work becomes less impactful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    rebuild the company into crossfunctional business units to regain agility

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Contractor position. I will recommend it for 6 months.

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google has a good reputation, so it looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    No opportunity whatsoever towards a permanent position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less maths, more humanity.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Google Sales Organization Review

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Brilliant employees that are remarkably able to solve complex problems, especially in engineering. Wonderful perks and healthy work / life balance.

    Cons

    Sales organization is run poorly, as it contains non-sales personnel that are under-compensated. There is a bit of a cult-of-personality at the top levels (i.e. there's only one "Marissa" at Google).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google could benefit from avoiding the 'me too' fad, such as chasing after the next social network product. Google's core competencies are very strong (amazing search), and certain new focuses are working well that are of similar utilitarian purpose: Android, Apps (Gmail, Calendar, etc).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 8 people found this helpful  

    Overworked

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    Former Employee - Developer Advocate  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Developer Advocate in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Google takes care of almost all of your needs, from computer and ergo equipment to a ride to work, a rental car when you need it for an errand, and tons of free food. They do a great job at trying to remove any worries about life so you can focus on your job.

    Cons

    The downside is that you'll need to take advantage of all that because you'll be so busy with work. My experience was that doing well at Google took over my life completely while I was there, requiring me to work during the shuttle ride, at work and during lunches, on the shuttle ride home, and most evenings and weekends. When I talked to other folks inside the company, many of them agreed that they had the same experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company seems to be founded on the idea that if you hire smart people, you can run the company with a bottom-up, siloed strategy, and things will go well. But as the company has grown, a more top-down approach, and one that breaks down product silos, is becoming very important in order to take on major initiatives. I haven't seen the company address this growing need adequately yet.

    Recommends
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