Google Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
2,477 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Limited career opportunities, in the traditional sense

    Current Employee - Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Breaking new ground all the time. Lots of mental space and collaborative colleagues who are at the ready to share ideas, listen to yours, and offer connections to get them (the ideas) tested.

    Cons

    Promotion seems to be a question of meeting the official company roles and responsibilities for each level, rather than contribution to the bottomline.
    People skew younger, which can be a drag on getting things done because 90% of people seem to be on the wrong end of a generic working life learning curve (rather than actually learning about new products and figuring out how to sell them).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sea Cliff, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sea Cliff, NY

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Freebies and free food. Decent Salary

    Cons

    Contractors get paid more than FTEs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary could be better as the market pays much more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing experience, sometimes a little stifling

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Google treats its employees just amazingly well. The perks are great, the pay is very good, the work is interesting, the atmosphere is not crazy stressful.

    Cons

    It's become a big company. It's one of the best, if not the best, big company in the world, and I still love Google. But if you're ambitious and really want to be in the ground floor of exciting new projects, Google isn't always the easiest place to do that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Invigorating

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice perks, good people.

    Cons

    Expectations based upon OKRs would be the negative.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Diverse & interesting people, big challenges, effective leadership, great perks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    people are great. you have the most interesting conversations with your colleagues who have super diverse interests. work quality and culture is pretty good.

    Cons

    nature of work is more rote than it used to be (what with the onset of "big company culture"). harder and harder to be heard over the sea of voices despite (or perhaps because of) open culture.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoyable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Experience in one of the largest and well know companies in the world in a great location and amongst similar minded people

    Cons

    the cost of living in the bay area and the long working hours make it tough to continue motivation and standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    expected job hours and expected love for the brand is sometimes unrealistic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great stable job, not for entrepreneurial types

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

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good perks
    good coworkers
    room for advancement

    Cons

    mundane work
    not vibrant
    not much people interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    psychologically profile your new employees so you can place them in the team or position that best suits them

  9.  

    Great work environment, incredibly smart co-workers, very collaborative.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It's Google. But seriously, tons of cool stuff going on, and the ability to impact lives at scale. The work is challenging.

    Cons

    It's easy to get caught up in the multitude of emails, especially when working on teams that cross timezones. Work-life balance is something that you have to specifically think about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's Google

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Good engineering practices. Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor. Lots of opportunities for travel. Interesting projects. Compensation and benefits very generous. Lots of cool perks, fun offsites etc.

    Cons

    Capricious high-level management direction, some projects don't make sense. Working across many time zones in distributed offices is challenging at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A Challenging and Exciting Time!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Google [X]  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Google [X] in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Having a voice with upper management.

    Cons

    None that I can think of off the top of my head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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