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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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  1.  

    The best employer I've ever had

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

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on your project and manager; hard to transfer.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Kirkland, WA

    Pros

    See your company and maybe your work in the headlines.
    Work with some of the best and brightest co-workers in the world.
    Work with applications that millions of people use and enjoy.
    Great food, good benefits and bonuses.
    Information exchange inside the company is quite open, making it easy to find out about opportunities.

    Cons

    Can be hard to transfer to a new project, which can lead to the need to excel at something you don't like in order to earn your way out of it.

    The opportunities for 20% time are real, but you may not have enough time and energy to make use of them.

    Management is often hands-off and not necessarily helpful/encouraging. Find peers to encourage and support you.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Waste your life here

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

    Pros

    Good fame
    Good money
    Free food/shuttle etc

    Cons

    You never have a career path.

    You'll need months to figure out how to grad an easy number through the legacy system, needless to mention about the reviews, permissions etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from microsoft, cuz you are the microsoft of 2000 now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great perks, great environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY

    Pros

    Awesome food, great salary, wonderful coworkers. Lots of room for a self-starter to advance. Promotion can be quite rapid if you are determined and this is your goal. None of the cost/benefit approach to IT that you see at a lot of other companies.

    Cons

    Management can be clueless or absent at times. It can take a lot longer to get things done than you expect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove blocks to rapid development and mandated platform use. Be more open in communication, particularly in explaining the reasons for controversial decisions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Everybody loves you

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    Former Employee - Visitor Greeter  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Visitor Greeter in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    everyone wants to join Google because it is a giant party. Free Food, onsite everything, free seminars, movies and lectures. But you have go to produce. They don't care if you party all week long but when the deadline arrives, you need to deliver.

    Cons

    Engineers rule at Google. Leadership and management are weak, as these geeky guys and gals are more comfortable talking to their keyboard then to subordinates. The lack of leadership is one of the great weaknesses for this organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership matters. You can't just throw a bunch of engineers at a problem with little oversight, planning and motivation and hope to have a happy ending.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Furthering my education

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    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY

    Pros

    Career development, impact and range.

    Cons

    Compensation and lack of transparency at times.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very stimulating environment and great job satisfaction

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    You will have a chance to work with some of the smartest people in the industry

    Cons

    No real cons, but you have to be very good and productive to keep the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up guys!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    I hate my job at Google

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    Nice perk, good compensation. Love the free food.

    Cons

    Little career growth. Bas Middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on core business and stop investing into peripheral areas.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA

    Pros

    everything looks fine to me

    Cons

    almost no cons to me

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 18 people found this helpful  

    Great company... but not for life

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

    Pros

    - Average level of engineers is very high. Not everyone is a superstar, but there are practically no "dummies".
    - Lots of interesting technologies to learn. Many things have been almost a revelation for me.
    - Management is generally competent and caring, but see below.
    - High transparency, especially of technology - can easily find and look at any code. Projects are usually well documented, removing unnecessary obstacles for learning.
    - Free food, shuttle rides to work, pretty generous vacation time.

    Cons

    - Work may be stressful
    - Promotion opportunities may be limited
    - You may start to feel strange: highly-qualified, competent... and just one "number" among others
    - Cramped cubicles
    - Since about a year ago, switching groups became much more difficult.

    I've been very happy at Google for the first 2-3 years (see "Pros"). The work could be demanding, but that was not bad, since demands were coming from other engineers eager to use my stuff and eager to report any problems, cooperate, etc.

    However, gradually I started to feel as if the company hires the best and brightest only to put them under a nice, but hard-working manager, whose task is to keep them busy at all times no matter what. That's where most of my work stress eventually started to come from - though maybe it was just my personal "luck". I had a feeling that despite creating several successful projects, other achievements and expertise in several areas, I am not officially allowed any time to contemplate what to do next and what may be the best thing for me (and the company). Instead, I just have to generate code and other signs of activity every hour. That was exacerbated by the fact that since summer 2010 engineers lost their privilege to freely switch work groups. You could only go where the upper management thought there is opportunity for the company. Again, that felt like less respect to the very people who, being so bright, are supposed to also sniff where the next useful thing really is.

    Eventually, I left for a job at a research lab. So far I am compensated less well overall, but I am much, much more happy (for now at least :-))

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect engineers - you come from the same background! Give them, at least at certain level and above, more chance to decide themselves what to do (or not to do) and which group to work at. Also think how to improve promotion chances for those who work on less "sexy" or well-known projects.

    No opinion of CEO

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