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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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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Good perks. There's a lot of smart people that work here. If you're a geek like me, then you've found your home.

    Cons

    Although promotions are said to be fair, it is all how you game the system and play the game. Don't expect to be put on amazing projects, those are for the super elite. There is a 3-4 year exit strategy here, and lately it seems its shortened to 1 to 2 years. New employees come in and realize this place isn't all that it's cracked up to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone is highly technical, doesn't mean they can make a good manager. Those managers are destined to fail.

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  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work but it's hard to be noticed in such a huge pond of ridiculously smart people with too much free time

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The perks are great as you probably already know. Who can complain about free gourmet food and lots of freebies. But even over the last few years the company's growth has caused many of these once great perks to go downhill (but don't get me wrong the food is amazing). There are so many smart people at Google so if you want a place to learn and find out anything you've ever wanted to know, this is the place for you. People are typically very willing to give you a helping hand any time you have a question. Google also does wonders on your resume of course.

    Cons

    It's really hard to shine. As the company has grown at an amazing rate, you become a little guy amongst hundreds of strong performers. Even if you're doing well, there's probably somebody else putting in more than the extra effort. By this I mean, so many people work day and night and achieve great things, but for those who have other things going on in their lives it's just hard to compete and be noticed. It's hard to blame managers as they can't reward everybody but it's really hard to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't try so hard to suck all the free time out of everyone's lives. While it's great that some employees love to contribute extra, it's unfair to punish those who just do a great job during the business day.

    The hiring process is also horrible. It weeds out thousands of extremely qualified applicants as it focuses strongly on GPA over real industry experience. Often times the smartest and most applied people are the people who didn't do well in school. Many of the great innovators have not appeared to be the most 'book smart'.

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  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disneyland

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    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Google is like Disneyland for geeks. It's an incredibly great place to work: the food, the people, the projects, the opportunities...

    Cons

    It's extremely disorganized. There's either not enough work or way too much. No feedback. No structure. It's not always clear how to contribute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One word: divestiture. Google should spin out some of its projects to a separate company so they can be run more efficiently. Management is too decentralize.

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    Finance, Human Resources

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google has a tremendous brand equity, incredibly brilliant colleagues, and it has a culture that truly fosters innovation. The work environment is generally fun and challenging environment.

    Cons

    The hours are very long and hard, and work/life balance still needs to be improved. Management says they are doing their best to make this better, though it has not improved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to avoid changing things at the last minute for certain functional groups within the organization. Sometimes they make last minute changes to decisions, which causes a pain for the employees down the ladder.

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  6.  

    Love the job, love the people, overall great opportunity to work for an 'it' company

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    Current Employee - Account Strategist
    Current Employee - Account Strategist

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great place to work, cutting edge industry, excellent online marketing training

    Cons

    Job growth could be limited as company gets older. Sometimes job growth gets a bit stale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep paying attention to career development opportunities for Googlers

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    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Googler

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    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    The perks at Google are really cool. The free food and Google wear are all good. But the recognition of working at a cool company is a reward itself too

    Cons

    It is a very disorganized environment. The company still feels chaotic and like a start up. Also, it seems the company takes advantage of people by lowering the salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would advise the leadership to be more structured. Sometimes the environment is too loose and too casual. Perhaps this is to preserve the Google reputation of being a "cool" company to work for.

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  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    I can't imagine a better job

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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

    Smart co-workers
    Great food
    Interesting, high-impact projects
    Many learning opportunities
    High pay
    Good benefits
    30 inch monitor
    Seemingly unlimited computing resources

    Cons

    A sense of entitlement from some employees
    With so many reports per manager, it is easy to get over looked if you don't speak up
    Group offices. Sometimes I really want a door and a quiet place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management is doing great. The feeling of trust I get from management at Google helps me to feel committed to my work. Of course, mileage may vary depending on individual managers, but I've been very lucky here. And Eric is the best CEO I've encountered.

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  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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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

    Smart people, interesting projects. I have never worked at a place where such open discussions are encouraged. Negative and positive feedback are equally welcomed.

    Cons

    I feel sorry for some of the people who start to work at Google right out of college or academia. They are in for a rude shock when they go to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course: don't let other people tell you what you are doing is wrong. It's a great company to work for and we have great products.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work... period.

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    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    I was amongst some of the most hard driven and motivated co-workers while at Google. I had very little to complain about, being surrounded by some of the brightest and most interesting people I have ever met. The team and the atmosphere made for a great work environment, the perks helped but it was more knowing you were all part of a team and accomplishing great things. Senior management wanted to help you and would give you the tools to succeed.

    Cons

    See review headline - "Great place to work... "

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management wanted to help you and would give you the tools to succeed. They will listen and make 1:1 a priority.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Overall good smart people working together in a very open atmosphere where information sharing is highly encouraged and easy to do. Very open communication from management compared to most companies. Best total compensation I've had at any company. Great fringe benefits like the free food, author talks, and political candidates dropping in.

    Cons

    If you like working in a very structured environment then you might not like it here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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