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Google Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
Updated December 19, 2014
2,799 Reviews
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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.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Google has a lot of really smart people who come to work with a great attitude of wanting to do the right thing and make people around them successful. We are lucky to have leadership invest in their employees and really want to make the world a better place. We very rarely approach projects in a "here is how we can save money" approach but more in a here is how we can make a great user experience. The perks are great and the atmosphere is really relaxed and empowered to make a positive impact.

    Cons

    Compensation is definitely not the highest in the valley which makes it difficult to live close to work and buy a home you would really like to live in.

    Sometimes it feels like there are too many cooks in the kitchen on high profile projects.

    As we grow, the perks seem to be lessening. The food is not as good, the christmas present was definitely not as good and it feels like opportunities to feel apart of Google are starting to become more rare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to continue to make it feel like a smaller company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    AMAZING

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Everything was good about goodl

    Cons

    Nothing was bad about google

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Employees and company values are great. Colleagues cheer you on and are very supportive of one another even though there is a lot of competition. People are willing to jump in to get things done. It is relatively easy to jump between groups/orgs.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be difficult. Google makes it really easy to stay after hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Smart people tackling big problems

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, a great overall mission, fantastic perks, supportive environment, ability to achieve work/life balance.

    Cons

    You need to spend quite a bit of time learning about home-grown internal tools that you'll be using in place of popular, widespread open-source technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Larry & Sergey have never missed an opportunity to go the extra mile for their employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Tremendous commitment to work/life balance, very tolerant of internal career changes, outstanding values.

    Cons

    Company continues to grow quickly, which can cause stress on internal dependencies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great company culture, not enough opportunity for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Excellent perks, especially opportunity to learn outside of your core role.

    Cons

    Not enough opportunity for growth. Very hierarchical structure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great culture, monotonous work

    Current Employee - Sourcing Data Specialist
    Current Employee - Sourcing Data Specialist

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great company to put on resume
    In office benefits ie food, gym, etc

    Cons

    Very monotonous and mind numbing work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    top notch

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great perks, intelligent people, working on incredibly difficult problems.

    Cons

    It's gotten very big so there's some politics, although actually in my day-to-day work it's not so bad considering the size.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Satisfied Google Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent perks, beautiful campus, management is decent and you are surrounded by creative inspiring people. The compensation is great as well.

    Cons

    The work/life balance is heavily distorted. You could not work here without getting burnt out in a year unless you absolutely love what you do. Thankfully this is true to most everyone here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Working here is exactly what you would think

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits: Google Stock, 401k matching, free food, free gym, free cell phone (in sales), work-life balance

    Cons

    Usually hires over-qualified people, slow career progression can be frustrating

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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