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Updated July 4, 2015
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  1. Tech Student Outreach Specialist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    challenging projects, flexibility, great colleagues, wonderful perks

    Cons

    can be difficult to work in a small distributed office (limited career growth potential), near-constant change (new managers, re-organizations, etc) can make things feel like they're constantly shifting underneath you and you have no footing


  2. Helpful (2)

    Google is amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytic Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Analytic Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Complete honesty, openness and authenticity. We are held to very high standards and given the means and training to achieve it. They also work on more products than likely any company so there's LOTS of opportunity for stimulating work.

    Cons

    Google is still quite young and there are many aspects that are very much like a startup company. There can be a bit of chaos and churn in the many different groups within Google.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the authenticity and honesty as top priorities and institute a bit more rigor around project management (to help stabilize things)


  3. Helpful (1)

    Very nice rewards, great management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Google (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I felt very honored working with top-notch software engineers at google. Everyone here is amazing and lives and breaths the programming languages. Personally, if you love your job, come to Google. You'll be around with people who love their job and know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Sometimes things can get a little bit stressful. If you don't like your job then you will feel miserable at Google. The people here are very nice and polite (or at least the people that I worked with) and they won't hurt you if you make a mistake.

    Advice to Management

    The work environment is very friendly, I had no problem addressing issues with my schedule. They can be very flexible. Honestly I can't really give out good advice here, but just don't be rude or snobby and everything will be fine.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Get in as a vendor!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great people to work with (though all quite young), they almost all are driven but grounded
    - Bottom-up management - which means everyone truly works as a team and the atmosphere is to allow anyone to lead without judgement
    - Fun campus
    - Great to get free healthy food (even for contractors/vendors)
    - If you have initiative you will succeed, and even if you don't, it's not often that they fire anyone
    - They're open to finding the right role for you

    Cons

    The interview process even for a vendor to convert to FTE is crazy tough. 4-6 interviews beyond your hiring manager, and then they put together a "packet" to present to 1-2 hiring committees who determine whether or not to extend an offer.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of this insane interview gauntlet for vendor conversion. If their hiring manager and all team members really want the conversion to happen, there should be a slimmer more efficient path to conversion.

    You're doing an awesome job creating an atmosphere at work to keep everyone there long hours while enjoying it. Keep up the great culture of bottom-up leadership, it is very refreshing and it encourages everyone to contribute much more than they would at a top-down organization.


  6. Amazing Work Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Federal Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Federal Account Manager in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Powerful employee enablement and work life balance.

    Cons

    I love change and a fast paced environment, but if these aren't for you, Google could leave you out of breath.

    Advice to Management

    Keep engaging in split levels and keep questioning your trajectory in a healthy manner.


  7. Best job in ad sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenge
    Autonomy
    Scale
    Data

    All these things are unmatched at both Google and within the sales org

    Cons

    Sales is the ugly stepchild at Google, and we often feel like second glass citizens


  8. Helpful (2)

    The hype is true

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Googlers are charismatic
    Middle management is awesome
    Failures aren't individually blamed, usually seen as a problem with a system - not an individual
    Compensation is great
    Food is amazing
    TGIF is where it's at, Larry and Sergey are hilarious and the transparent info you get is awesome.

    Cons

    It's hard to learn the ropes: you're given a long leash and plenty of benefit of the doubt (if you screw something up) but there is sooo much to learn and the formal training isn't all that extensive (though, the training sessions are great).

    Being able to thrive in ambiguity is a must. You're expected to be autonomous, which is great, but it's tough to learn the ropes and when you're new, you want to perform well and make an impact. It's hard to do that at first. It's good to trust your management and team and do what you can. Have self confidence in your value and go find a way to contribute - even if it seems small or under the radar.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Ground Your Expectations

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. All the perks you've heard about. Gym, dogs, laundry, etc.

    2. Prestige. Nothing like being able to say you work at Google.

    3. Food. There is no shortage of amazing things to eat there.

    Cons

    1. Can be difficult to move up. Being promoted at Google takes a bit of luck in regard to how much internal prestige your assigned team has.

    2. If you don't love what you do, you will be miserable. At Google, whatever your duties are, expect to have them on your mind 24/7. The "work-life" balance is very skewed toward work.

    Advice to Management

    Do something about how random it can be to move up in the company.


  10. Get in if you can

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Business Partner in Mountain View, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great perks and benefits and compensation. Some departments/roles have a lot of flexibility.

    Cons

    Very demanding environment; lots of politics & bureaucracy.


  11. Google

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Belmont, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Belmont, CA

    I have been working at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits that make balance better

    Cons

    mobility fictitious and hard to move around



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