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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 128 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 252 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 115 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    Dead end, But the perks disguise that fact nicely...for a few years

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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

    All of the things you've already read about: Food, Dogs, 401k.

    Looks great on a resume: When you're ready to move on in your career, having Google on your resume in any context almost guarantees an initial interview just because folks are curious about Google and why you would ever want to leave.

    Cons

    No career development / ladder / useful feedback. If you're not Eng, you're nothing.

    FAIR WARNING: When you realize there is more to a career than free food and you start to apply with other companies you will most likely be asked if you know how to behave yourself / act like an adult / perform in a traditional office environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't hire top tier college attending, 4.0 earning, type A, OCD personalities then expect them to do menial work. Contract it out, or recognize that there are plenty of people in this world who would be THRILLED to do said menial tasks, and get rid of the ridiculous hiring requirements for those positions.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Cool internship

    • 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

    - Great array of internal learning resources.
    - Great internship program, a lot of interns for all over the world.
    - Great place to meet other smart people and make new friends.
    - Great food, and there are many fun events throughout the summer.

    Cons

    - Most tools used are internal-only instead of open-source, so you may not gain a lot of transferrable skills.
    - Big company, not a lot of transparency and can't make a big impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like the way you take care of your employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Oh how the mighty have fallen...

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    nice experience as an intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    It has the most free and relaxing environment among IT companies. Let alone the competitive salary and yummy food.

    Cons

    As a ordinary employee it is difficult to see the whole picture of where your project is going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was an intern graduate student there and did not have much experience to answer this question.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Sales manager for the midwest region

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    • 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
  7.  

    my headsss

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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

    workinng on new products with break thru in tech in all the areas of s/w dev in the feild of comp sc

    Cons

    to greedy company and kills all the other business and is a real hard to manage this huge company al

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i dont want to advice anything to them bcoz they know wat they are doing and let them do it

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Weird Culture

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    • 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    The highs and lows

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Compliance Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Compliance Specialist in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work here. I had yet to meet anyone that I would consider incompetent.

    Cons

    Career advancement and promotions are vague. Job titles mean nothing -- you can be doing something someone 2 levels higher is doing, but you won't get paid the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create better policies around advancement and promotions. Keep people interested by giving them work that matches their strengths and values.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    what a heck of experience

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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

    highly recommended for college graduates. this is a place you got to work for.

    Cons

    too much free food, got to watch out of your weight

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep all the good stuff rolling

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok, not as great as the main campus in Mountain View

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Overall an ok place to work. Good food, smart co workers. Fairly interesting work, though not always. Upper management is very transparent and open.

    Cons

    The Seattle office is definitely more top down and autocratic than most other Google offices. Far less freedom to change projects and work on things that interest you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop hiring so fast

    No opinion of CEO

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