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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 115 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 241 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 82 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lot of Activity - What are we Doing?

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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

    - Perks (cafeterias, massage, wellness programs, commuter shuttles, bowling alley (!) etc. etc.) are amazing
    - Sharp people
    - Flexible work environment
    - Strong teamwork culture

    Cons

    - A lot of concurrent initiatives, but unsure of status/followthrough/reasons for these initiatives
    - A sense that we are over-hiring
    - Commitment to "dogfooding" is admirable--but sometimes it's OK to use a non-Google application to manage some of our work.
    - There is a tendency to promote people who need more seasoning. Managing people is not a perk of promotion, and not everyone can be a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Clearer focus. Where are we going? How are we getting there?
    - Clearer feedback regarding expectations of managers.
    - Stronger management development program is needed.

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  2.  

    Wow

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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!

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  3.  

    I am totally satisfied with the work culture

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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

    Quality of work is good. You can choose what you want to work.

    Cons

    Challenging envirnorment. Lot of work to be done.

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  5.  

    very good atmosphere.

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    benefits, atmosphere, decorum, all very strong at google.

    Cons

    advancement opportunities stop after middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing it and you will have happy employees

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    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Terrific people, interesting and challenging problems to work on, with amazing collaborators at every level, high impact (huge numbers of users), wonderful work environment (food, space, lack of bureaucracy), awesome to be able to get help with whatever on a mailing list at practically any time of day or night.

    Cons

    C++ can be a pain (coming from lisp). It's good and bad that code changes so quickly that much of what one learns become rapidly obsolete -- and there's a gargantuan amount to learn, so one feels pretty inept for the first few months or more. Then again, it means things get better quickly when broken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make clearer the leadership attention paid to concerns raised within the company.

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  7.  

    good pay, great perks

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great perks and pay. You can be proud to tell your mom you work there. Work/Life balance is good. Employees are good people to know now and for the future. Work on great products that hundreds of millions or billions of people will use.

    Cons

    as much as it does not want to be one, it is a big company and too easy for people/projects to get lost in the mix. NY Office is big, but definitely suffers form not being in Mountain View.

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  8.  

    Great! Fun!

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Flex hours, great food, easy

    Cons

    not challenging enough. Should have offered a longer contract

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google is a great place to work at. Good people, awesome pay and fun culture.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

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  10.  

    Satisfactory

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Dynamic, innovative, creative and simplicity

    Cons

    Competitive, demanding, and long hours

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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiting at Google is an experience you must not miss

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The teamwork is wonderful and supportive, though competitive as all get out. Recruiting for the best of the best is an interesting and vital experience at Google. The ATS is wonderful, compared to others out there. The culture is vital, dynamic and engaging.

    Cons

    The up and down sides are there is a lot of change. Google does not get stale, that is for sure. But the processes change a lot which makes it a little less sticky than it "should" be, IMHO. There is a lot of social competitiveness that is very intense, but that does drive excellence, even if you do feel like your job could end any minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the leaders need to lead more and accept the performers that are not excellent but highly functional. That way you can keep people for the long haul.

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