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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 115 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 241 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 82 reviews)

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  1. 18 people found this helpful  

    Great company... but not for life

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    - Average level of engineers is very high. Not everyone is a superstar, but there are practically no "dummies".
    - Lots of interesting technologies to learn. Many things have been almost a revelation for me.
    - Management is generally competent and caring, but see below.
    - High transparency, especially of technology - can easily find and look at any code. Projects are usually well documented, removing unnecessary obstacles for learning.
    - Free food, shuttle rides to work, pretty generous vacation time.

    Cons

    - Work may be stressful
    - Promotion opportunities may be limited
    - You may start to feel strange: highly-qualified, competent... and just one "number" among others
    - Cramped cubicles
    - Since about a year ago, switching groups became much more difficult.

    I've been very happy at Google for the first 2-3 years (see "Pros"). The work could be demanding, but that was not bad, since demands were coming from other engineers eager to use my stuff and eager to report any problems, cooperate, etc.

    However, gradually I started to feel as if the company hires the best and brightest only to put them under a nice, but hard-working manager, whose task is to keep them busy at all times no matter what. That's where most of my work stress eventually started to come from - though maybe it was just my personal "luck". I had a feeling that despite creating several successful projects, other achievements and expertise in several areas, I am not officially allowed any time to contemplate what to do next and what may be the best thing for me (and the company). Instead, I just have to generate code and other signs of activity every hour. That was exacerbated by the fact that since summer 2010 engineers lost their privilege to freely switch work groups. You could only go where the upper management thought there is opportunity for the company. Again, that felt like less respect to the very people who, being so bright, are supposed to also sniff where the next useful thing really is.

    Eventually, I left for a job at a research lab. So far I am compensated less well overall, but I am much, much more happy (for now at least :-))

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect engineers - you come from the same background! Give them, at least at certain level and above, more chance to decide themselves what to do (or not to do) and which group to work at. Also think how to improve promotion chances for those who work on less "sexy" or well-known projects.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Fun and prestigious

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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

    It's a great atmosphere in order to get a lot of interesting work done. Lots of good smart friends around you.

    Cons

    There most certainly is no more glitz and glitter and many feel that Google is turning into a hasbeen compared to the innovation of new startups

    Recommends
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  3.  

    very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    great work lot of bucks

    Cons

    no issues at all whatsoever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Requires dedication

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    It is an evenvironment in which everyone participates and contributes; unlike previous environments that have numerous employees that are just putting in time

    Cons

    Since the environment is one in which everyone must participate, it is difficult to pull back (e.g. girfriend breakup)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, you are doing well and provide a good working environment

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  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stimulating work environment but becoming more bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    - Exciting work
    - Can see impact of your work fairly quickly
    - Accomplished colleagues
    - Great brand recognition

    Cons

    - Increasing numbers of middle managers who add no value
    - Focus on "shiny" vs. substantive work - you're more rewarded for style than substance, splashy work gets praise

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire middle managers who add no value. Unfortunately I see us hiring and rewarding people who spend more time on Powerpoint presentations than actually doing work. Growing pains of a large company or something we can avoid?

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  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Once the novelty sunk in, it's just another nice company to work for in the silicon valley

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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

    Save $ on food and transportation

    Cons

    Google values GPA over past work experience on new employees

    Recommends
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  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pleasant

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Good benefits, good infrastructure, generally reasonable coworkers.

    Cons

    Promotion by committee means it's harder to get recognized for an obscure project or brunt work maintaining important stuff than for working on 'sexy' projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to unbreak the promotion system.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Experience

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Had a blast in Google with all the freebies, excellent people to work with. Competitive atmosphere. people are great. opportunities for development

    Cons

    Not much downside. space is a problem with large growth. sometimes group compete with each other. managers are usually cool

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Amazing place to work as long as your role is fulfilling.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Amazing culture, great opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for vertical career growth.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience for a recent grad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    good perks, friendly and laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    doesnt seem to be a streamlined process for training new hires

    Disapproves of CEO

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