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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you're going to work, it's the best place to do it. Seriously.

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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

    Smart & motivated colleagues, challenging technical problems, working on things millions (and millions) of people use, good culture and company values.

    Cons

    Gaining weight from the great food (I'm +10 lbs, but working it down). Other than that, not much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being ambitious is good, but learn to say 'no' more often. Google is doing a lot of things -- many great, many well, and some OK. Skip the OK.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Google staffing

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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

    Great perks, fun atmosphere, access to unlimited resources

    Cons

    Hard to get converted to full-time as a contractor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More management feedback/mentoring would be helpful

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Cool internship

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    • 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The highs and lows

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    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    nice experience as an intern

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    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    my headsss

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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

    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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Google IS All That

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior People Programs Specialist  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior People Programs Specialist in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Delicious, healthy gourmet meals - for free
    Intelligent, hard-working co-workers who are all such interesting people with incredible talents beyond their work
    Great balance - you can learn and play at work and mgmt supports this
    Lots of career opportunities
    Good resume builder

    Cons

    Big company means that jobs become very specialized
    It's a bit chaotic - great if you are good with change and ambiguity - but some people have a hard time
    Engineering is treated as a golden child so if you are in another part of the company, you are often not treated as respected or treated quite as well - that said, most perks and benefits are company-wide

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the core principles that make Google great and always take the high road
    Don't operate out of fear (e.g. last year's layoffs)
    Keep trying to create space for innovation even as processes become solidified

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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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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