Google Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. This company exceeded my expectations in every way except for the social aspect.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    - fun work that impacts millions of people and is helping to change the world
    - always learning and growing, peers are brilliant and help you grow
    - great compensation
    - great food
    - flexible work hours
    - a surprising amount of transparency from 'the top'

    Cons

    - peers are brilliant so you might feel inadequate
    - sink or swim mentality. you're expected to be a self-starter and independent learner. they have resources to help you but, in the end, you have to figure out how to learn and get things done on your own

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - listen to the employees when they make a big deal about products and policies and internal trends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. great place to work depending on what side of the business/group/team you're hired into.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    benefits (although shrinking), perks, flexibility to work from different offices, and cache of working a large tech firm

    Cons

    bitter large company politics, slow moving, hard to get recognition, comp is not the best in industry

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Incredible Workplace

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    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    I absolutely love how I'm treated at the company.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything publicly. That's one of the pros... If I have an issue, I can have it addressed internally and taken car of.

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

    Great company but starting to become too "Corporate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - work/life balance
    - charitable giving and matching
    - most people you work with - extremely intelligent and fun to work with
    - benefits and perks
    - organizations mission and values

    Cons

    - company is starting to feel too corporate and losing initial "Googliness"
    - extremely hard to navigate through
    - difficulty knowing what's available in other organizations within the company
    - career development and coaching

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great company to work for!

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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

    Fabulous perks, salary and fun environment!

    Cons

    Working overtime and promotions not easily achieved

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good communication and relations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. very good to wowk there lots of money, make it rain!!

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    money,ex,power, very good people to work with

    Cons

    not enough money, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money brah

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. Great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    everything about Google is fantastic, they treat their employees super well and hire talented staff across the board. hard to get a job here but well worth the work

    Cons

    Not much that I can think of. Occasionally gets a little competitive. Expectations are VERY high

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up all the good work and we love your vision. You guys rock

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Fast learning environment, great benefits, had a good time working there

    Cons

    didn't get the attention for my work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Fantastic place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    The perks of food and recreation are not everything. I am so happy to have been part of this amazing culture.

    Cons

    It really isn't a start up anymore, so I do miss that dynamic. Of course it's hard to stay that way with the amount of success they have had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you are doing. I can't seem to find anything wrong with what you are doing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Energetic office environment, great colleagues, okay total compensation, diificult location

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Motivated and intelligent coworkers. Good food, snacks, and drinks. Opportunities for business travel. Internal transfer is highly supported. Engaging work and the (potential) ability to have a large impact. People generally behave predictably and professionally. Numerous company sponsored activities, groups, and classes. Shuttle system is efficient if you can handle the 2 to 4 hour round trip commute from SF.

    Cons

    Suburban office location is quite dull. Cost of living is *extremely* high. Total compensation is just okay considering the latter. The salary however, is just plain mediocre. You often learn about the cool things Google does after it leaks to the media, not internally. Many products and positions lack excitement and attention. The sales/partnerships side of the company will always play second fiddle to engineering (no surprise there). Many of the sales jobs are difficult to recommend to bright, high potential candidates. Loud and sometimes distracting 'bull pen' style offices. Google is a massive company. The size can be disheartening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The organization is increasingly hierarchal, with a long chain of managers. Keeping things flat will help the company stay nimble. There's significant functional division and minimal collaboration across functions among those working on the same product (Sales, Marketing, and Engineering). I love the willingness to discuss heated topics internally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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