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Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Google Recruiting - Absolutely fantastic first job out of school!

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    Former Contractor - Sourcer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Sourcer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    - I worked with a fantastically smart and fun team, and many of us still keep in touch today.
    - Google's recruiters and sourcers taught me so much, and I've taken many, many marketable skills from my first job with them.
    - Good work is recognized and rewarded: while I started off at a very entry-level role on a contract, I was promoted and given more responsibility within my first 6 months on the team.
    - Opportunity for leadership is definitely there. My manager encouraged me to take the lead or co-lead position on several projects, which allowed me to work with tons of smart people outside of our department, too.
    - I could talk all day about the perks, but I'll just say that Google's perks are unmatched in how awesome they are. Hands down. Even as a contractor, I was encouraged to take advantage of many of the perks, such as free food, summer concerts and speaker discussions, the commuter bus, the community service day, etc. It was awesome.
    - Company values-- I really did feel like we were making a difference for the world when working at Google. The team did really care about bringing great people into the organization that would make our overall company more forward thinking, diverse in thought and background, and that would exemplify our company values.

    Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better first job out of school or a better first place to cut my teeth in the working world.

    Cons

    - The only cons I can think of were that we didn't have a ton of headcount for conversion to full-time employee in the department I was in. I would have loved to stay on the team and continue growing there, but being in recruiting has made me understand that this is not unusual for an organization of this size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being on the recruiting team, I loved hearing Google's SVP of People talk at meetings. He was really inspiring, and I follow him on LinkedIn now since he's a frequent influencer. I think he's really someone to learn a lot from if you're in the HR or recruiting space.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers
    Food
    Intelligent atmosphere
    Good salary and benefits
    Encourage development

    Cons

    Not really any cons of working for Google. An overall great place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job, keep up the good work there's a reason Google is rated one of the best places to work every year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Customer service, data base, sale, design cashier, call, lobby host

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    Former Employee - Bilingual in Paterson, NJ
    Former Employee - Bilingual in Paterson, NJ

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    Make website, explain to customers the new offers or news

    Cons

    Learn everything perfectly, steps by steps. Make the best work ever.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. All the important and interesting projects are in Mountain View

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free food, lots of other benefits onsite.

    Cons

    Lack of career opportunities and good projects unless you want to move to Silicon Valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Send some good work to the remote offices.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Social Media Intern in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great company to work for...it was a great company to start an internship!

    Cons

    No complaints - the people really made the experience!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs a little help but nothing major.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great opportunity to tackle real business problems, disorganized internal structure and management.

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    Former Intern - Bold(Global Customer Experience) in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Intern - Bold(Global Customer Experience) in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great food, tons of resources to use to do your job, great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an internship.

    Cons

    Too many unrealistic metrics, managers were out of touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on how you can incentivize and encourage employee behavior with customers rather than penalize employees with metrics. Internal pipelines for solving technical and escalation problems are currently a mess, and the team's metrics suffer because of that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. A new adventure each day

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great people! Great Perks! Fun projects!

    Cons

    Struggling to maintain the feel of a startup.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. A unique place to work... just not satisfying for me

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Top notch talent... I've never worked with such a collection of smart and passionate folks. Benefits are obviously among the best in the business. Tech support staff that's actually knowledgeable and responsive... stuff actually gets resolved quickly (may seem funny to harp on that but the point is... the company makes investments to make problems like this vanish)

    Cons

    Definitely felt like a smaller fish in a big pond... not used to that. Although they've invested mightily in developer productivity, there are still a lot of impediments. Part of why I left was I didn't have faith/passion about the product strategy I was working within (won't say why I left). Bottom line is, I'm a very PRODUCT focused engineer, not a TECHNOLOGY focused engineer... I know that may seem odd but it's true. If you want to go to a place and grapple with technical challenges on scales you are unlikely to find elsewhere and are not easily frustrated by capricious product strategy this would be a great place for you! Just not for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think hard about whether you've grown to provincial. It's true you face challenges that only a handful of other companies come close to however it felt like your ranks are swelled with academics and folks who've spent most if not all of their careers at the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. This place was amazing. Made a ton of money, with free food.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer In Test in Portland, OR

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The working environment, the pay

    Cons

    The guy I worked with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. It was an awesome experience, love Google!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    It's a dream company to work for, with great benefits and an amazing work culture!

    Cons

    Does not feel like a start-up anymore!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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