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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work, learn and have fun

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

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

    Pros

    Very attractive company culture; great work-life balance; genius co-workers; some interesting intern events; very nice recruiting team; good pay; free food and many more things

    Cons

    Basically no. Maybe the gifts are not very exciting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Google cares about their employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of perks and great work life balance! Google really cares about their employees and their products and it shows. It's great to be a part of such amazing innovation, and having the opportunity to work with such great minds.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel like a very small fish in a big sea. Promotion process isn't the best. I've seen a number of people receive promotions who definitely didn't deserve it, while others who do, get passed over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best Job Ever

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bright people to work with. Competent managers

    Cons

    sometime long hours around project deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you do best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

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

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

    Pros

    smart peers, value on work life balance, open culture internally, excellent benefits, nice work space

    Cons

    large and sometimes feels like it, need to coordinate with my teams/stakeholders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture. Innovative. Good benefit.

    Cons

    Big company. Lots of people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Incredible people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    You work with the smartest engineers in the world. You solve very difficult problems. You eat delicious food.

    Cons

    You eat too much delicious food. On a more serious note, it may be a bit difficult to separate work from life because of how closely Google seems to integrate its people. You'll have to work very hard to have a life outside of your code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recruitment process sometimes seems a little messy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Brilliant Coworkers, Amazing Benefits, and No Shortage of Challenging Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues at the top of their game who are surprisingly unpretentious and approachable.
    Unfathomable benefits - food, gifts, freedom.
    A peek "behind the curtain"
    Openness, trust, and a really unique corporate culture

    Cons

    It's hard work! If you're smart enough to get hired and you learn the stack, you'll do fine, but overachieving coworkers make it difficult to stand out.

    Listening to coworkers complain about how their scallops weren't cooked properly :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the open culture
    Continue "not being evil"
    Perhaps ease the growth pressure on the SWE ladder? Not everyone aspires to be a tech lead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic company, great career path, company values and work/life balance!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Great crowd, knowledge base, infrastructure, amazing benefits, minimal bureaucracy, transparency, company genuinely cares about their employee's happiness, and the result is a very happy and fun place to work at.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, be prepared to have to constantly adapt and refactor code. Getting tasks done is a bit harder than usual here as there are a lot more things to take into consideration, such as scale, security, testing, etc. (but granted they also yield a lot better results than in other places). It gets better with time though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve internal tools & libraries and make them as easy and fun to use as the public APIs we provide!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Prestige
    Very smart co-workers
    Free food
    No formal clothes requirement
    Good pay
    Laid-back culture
    8-hour work days
    Ping pong
    Talks (famous authors, engineers, etc.)
    Massages
    Concerts and celebrities (Gaga, Bieber, Matisyahu, Dispatch, Regina Spektor, etc.)
    Events (Team offsites, Six Flags trip, Bronx Zoo trip, etc.)
    Impact - ability to really change and improve the world
    Time for personal "20%" projects
    Everyone loves and uses Google
    Liberal
    Positive, good-willed philosophy
    Open, non-secretive environment

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer, product manager, or manager, Google may not be the most prestigious or well-paying company to work for.

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

    Satisfying work. Long hours.

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

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

    Pros

    The perks are clearly a huge win, but the best part of working at google is the autonomy you are given to to real, impactful work that is seen by millions of people.

    Cons

    The relentless pace often means that you have to get things out of the door before they are completely ready, and can do a number on your work/life balance (especially if you work in Android).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency down to lower levels around launches would be helpful. Also, forcing Android to act a little more like the rest of Google (in terms of personal health and well-being being a priority) would be great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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