Google Reviews

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98 Reviews

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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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

    I have been working at Google

    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but the contracting experience makes you feel like an outsider

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great perks, work-life balance, little hierarchy, genuinely friendly coworkers, great place to network and meet future entrepreneurs, diverse workplace, LGBT friendly, open culture, smart coworkers.

    Cons

    As a contractor there is a lack of transparency about the opportunity for conversion to permanent roles. Also, many young colleagues complain that no other company recruits so many bright people to then put them in very low level jobs with remedial tasks.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Interesting work and smart people, but very hierarchical

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, good connections, looks great on resume, interesting projects, provides transportation if applicable, lots of resources and funding for projects

    Cons

    Hierarchical, lots of levels of management, not a design focused company, "the more features the better" perspective, some copying of other startup ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on new products are are simple and innovative rather than stuffing every possible feature in each product.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Quirky, Fun, Supportive

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great benefits, great culture, enthusiastic team

    Cons

    Low pay, interview process is extremely rigorous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    There are many things to love about working at Google, but the PEOPLE that work here are the best.

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Pick a passion and run with it. You make your career at Google, not your manager.

    Cons

    MBA/Mckinsey management takeover has depleted the entrepreneurial spirit in some groups (but not all).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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

    I have been working at Google

    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
  8.  

    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

    I have been working at Google

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great perks, great environment

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    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
  10. 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

    I worked at Google

    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
  11.  

    good

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    everything looks fine to me

    Cons

    almost no cons to me

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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