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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Can be Great, Can suck.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google is still overall a good place to work, It is not the great place to work it once was but its not the worst by any means. As it grows it has lots of big company bs and politics that come with that. If you think Google once you get to Google everything you hate about working in cooperate america will be better you will be very disappointed.

    Cons

    It all depends on your immediate team and manager. Google is so big now that anything you say about them is not true of different area good or bad.

    Google wants everyone to live in Mountain View or New York with a total disregard for there ability to afford to live there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making everyone live in the most expensive places.
    Find the bad managers and weed them out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Spectacular Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Work environment, benefits and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Office politics, usually not an issue but the "chain of command" can be circumvented for individual gains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Faster channels to prevent collusion between employees and their direct superiors would improve the politics problem.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I DON KNOW

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    It is very good experience

    Cons

    I can not find cons

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  5.  

    Integration Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great company fast past and exciting with great benefits.

    Cons

    Hiring process is very challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    college hire software engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    very good experience with the hiring process

    Cons

    do not know enough to comment

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay aware from Consumer Operations department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Consumer Operations in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Consumer Operations in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    - Mission driven, product focused company (I really respect and admire the co-founders)
    - Obviously all the perks that folks talk about (on-site doctors, many different cafes with its own themes, annual holiday gift, etc)
    - Great brand recognition - you can always feel validated when you tell people you work at Google
    - Truly a company that tries to be innovative and do good for society
    - Overall compensation that's hard to match unless you're going to Facebook (competitive base + yearly bonus + equity + all the perks of being at Google)

    Cons

    - The department you go to will dictate whether you have a great time or terrible time at Google.
    - Consumer Operations was a really political organization, with folks who wanted to watch out for their own behinds so would throw others under the bus as necessary. In this department, we had managers who were not fit to lead. While rest of Google had flexibility to work remotely, this department frowned upon this which is ironic given the senior director lives in Los Angeles and actually commutes back/forth with a fair amount of remote work.
    - Be ready for reorgs often and change of responsibilities
    - There are definite jerks in Consumer Operations department, you wouldn't think it given the transparent, open culture of Google but Consumer Operations has its own culture. Unfortunately, the Consumer Operations culture is not the Google culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Remember that people don't leave companies, they leave managers
    - If you're in Consumer Operations, I'd recommend getting out of there to other parts of Google that are more healthy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great for recent college grads AND industry professionals

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

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

    Pros

    The other employees are what make this company great. The hiring team has done a great job of building teams with diverse backgrounds (age, experience, etc.) and it makes collaboration fun.

    Cons

    Google is pretty big now. Sometimes it's hard to tell if any real impact is being made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Amazing from the outside, just okay from the inside

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Compensation, perks, development opportunities, inspirational co-workers

    Cons

    Too big, getting too corporate, high pressure at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees more, provide more space, time, and training for meaningful development for your employees

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

    Don't join Google's gTech org

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Business Operations Manager

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

    Pros

    Great perks and benefits. Nice facilities.

    Cons

    gTech is a highly political org with many more layers of hierarchy than other orgs (Eng, Product, Marketing, etc.). This culture spurs unhealthy competition between co-workers who should be collaborating. It also doesn't make use of individual contributors' skill-sets, resulting in smart people doing low-level things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Lovely company

    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    So many good things. It is such a fun and innovative environment to be in. Everyone is nice and teamwork is key. Free food occasionally too.

    Cons

    I am a newbie so I am not as experienced as a lot of the older employers so it is more of a personal thing that a company thing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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