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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Already very good and trying to get better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google is still a great place to go out and have an impact as an individual engineer and to have a chance to work with other awesome engineers. Management regularly makes it clear how important the individual contributor is to the company, and routinely solicits options and ideas from across the company.

    There has been a lot of work on addressing past weakness with career development through more manager training, more developed mentorship programs, and more talks / transparency on the performance review process. This has been part of a trend in the company to stay aware of what issues are concerning employees across the board and attempt to fix them.

    Cons

    The non-confrontational culture of Google, though generally a perk, causes some issues. Under-performance is still often ignored or poorly-addressed. Interpersonal conflicts can become passive-aggressive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Google is a good place to work and the devotion to continuously improving the workplace is well-known and appreciate. Though some individuals can be annoying, and most have never used the privilege, employees love that they can bring up their concerns openly to upper management.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work in spite of long hours.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Abililty to have high impact.
    Terrific benefits / compensation.
    Brilliant co-workers.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Lots of young people with no outside obligations to compete with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The size fits all job descriptions don't work well in all groups.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    not a very good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    i worked as a temp position for google and the only good thing was that the hours were consistent and the pay was decent.

    Cons

    the hours were really inflexible and sometimes it was hard to get time off. the working conditions weren't very ideal either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    google should have better hours instead of three set shifts and they should also offer temps free meals too to compensate for the labor requirements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    good place, but not fast-moving anymore

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    amazing opportunities to educate yourself and deal with the leading edge issues of our time

    Cons

    so many ceilings to advancement within google. everyone is relatively young and so there is not a lot of upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better paths upward and more promotions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    General Comments

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great people, flexible work schedule, and great benefit.

    Cons

    Company not growing as fast anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 12 people found this helpful  

    Awesome work environment for flipping burgers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great work environment, smart people, unlimited toys and food. Freedom, no nickle-and-dime mentality. Additionally, the word "Google" looks REALLY GOOD on a resume.

    Cons

    You might get allocated to a position that is below or mismatched with your skills. Since the majority of their software engineers are PhD's, there are many PhD's doing things you don't need a PhD for -- "flipping burgers". Less opportunity for career advancement; managers tend to get hired externally rather than promoted internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider people's skills, background, and interests, when allocating them. The free food and toys and general awesomeness of work environment eventually don't outweigh dissatisfaction with actual job tasks.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Love this place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Open environment
    Flexible work hours
    Good for your career development in the near future

    Cons

    Same work over and over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great but sometimes need to take care junior engineers!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Weird Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Video Services Specialist in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Video Services Specialist in Thornton, CO

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    The food was great. The place was fun to work. The people are capable and smart.

    Cons

    The management was too far removed from our group. They really had no idea what we did or how. And they never asked. The would make power plays against each other that would adversely affect the day to day of the people working below them. There was a very strong feeling of working "for" them, Not "With" them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lose the OKR's. People just write what you want them to and it is ineffective.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Oh how the mighty have fallen...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Good way to start career and build up resume.
    Reasonably good benefits.
    Company still not universally hated/distrusted.
    If you want, you can literally do nothing for years.

    Cons

    Grown too fast, became a large company.
    More political and inefficient than any place I ever worked at.
    If you want to do big things and impact the world, this is not the place.
    Many, many, many layers of middle management rejects from Microsoft, IBM, etc.
    Founders disengaged (this happens in most successful startups, but it is devastating at Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have Larry and Sergey re-engage. Look through your organizations, spend some time there. Find out why people are leaving and fix the problems. And finally - Net Neutrality - how could you? I never wanted to use Bing, I am now. Sad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales manager for the midwest region

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Salary, diversity, job appreciation, culture, and lifestyle.

    Cons

    Work life balance, demanding schedule, and hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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