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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. 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

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operation Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Operation Specialist in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    You had great perks you can not get with any other company. Your treated like a super star at work!

    Cons

    The company is extremely large, it is hard to get to know your co-workers.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work, especially for new graduates.

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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

    Free food, good benefits, nice workplace....
    Many young people.

    Cons

    Not sure if it is in its peak. It will eventually going down, just like microsoft, cisco.....

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stimulating work environment but becoming more bureaucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    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?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pleasant

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Wow

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great place to work... Great perks and people. Very team oriented. People are smart (see con :-) and friendly. Not political as far as I can tell. Engineering focused which makes it feel like a meritocracy. Again the perks are really amazing... feel like the company really values me.

    Cons

    Hard to stand out as a star when everyone is so smart and pedigreed. Also company is very big. Believe it take long time to really build reputation to be able to move ahead... but in the meantime its a lot of fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wonderful that you are so accessible. Keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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