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Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
2,713 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing opportunity to learn, becoming so bureaucratic

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, culture, lots of interesting projects

    Cons

    Becoming so slow, that if you're not Director & above, it's very hard to get things done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Summer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google interns get paid more than most full-time employees across the country. According to Glassdoor, the average Google intern makes $5,678 per month, or $68,136 per year.

    Cons

    Any , perhaps to earn less than in a big investment bank but not every one car become a trader or a banker

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wonderful time there during the summer

  3.  

    very good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good place to work , career growth , good people

    Cons

    work pressure,good place to work , career growth , good people

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    One of the best large companies to work for

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Choice and quality of work.
    Pleasant managers.
    Benefits: shuttle, food.

    Cons

    You compete against the best. So harder to grow.
    Too large. Hard to get noticed unless you are a rockstar.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic place, only when you are working in google office not for there vendor.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Moscow (Russia)

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

    Pros

    You have all conditions to work, to relax, to feel good during the working hours. No one control you, you have only plan and deadline! You must complete it, but you can do your things while working!

    Cons

    The working in google is a big big challenge. Every day is smth new and challenging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More control vendor companies. The atmosphere in it is terrible. Relation to company drops down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work - get ready to be overwhelmed with a high dose of everything!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    With the kind of projects Google is involved in and the kind of mission, you get motivated to get to office every morning irrespective of what your role is

    Cons

    Middle Management might not be the best and there is a virtual ceiling on the kind of jobs available in India

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consolidating the various functions and Reducing overlap between Job families might be the next key thing Google has to address to stay quick & nimble

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, Great Resources, Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Resources, People, Fun company culture

    Cons

    Get and answer emails past 5pm

  9.  

    Good values and learning

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Great people to work with
    * Amazing resources
    * Great values and principles

    Cons

    * Loosing focus over the years
    * Lots of politics creeping in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Go back to basics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad managers in SMB, terrible management all around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Food, tools, the deegre of being a Googler, etc

    Cons

    SMB is a joke, the managers don't even know how to use an excel spreadsheet or do a power point. Some of them might not even know the difference from CPA or CPM. Why they are managers? Simple as that, there are two heads that control everything and they promote people who praises them. One is ex photographer assistant who practices nepotism all the time and the other is a socialist.
    And why Google keep them there?
    Because you Dont need good people to do the work asked. Even monkeys could work in SMB Brazil.
    Google hiring bar has decreased a lot in the last few years, HR is doing a terrible job lately, skilled people Dont wanna work there. Why? Its not a good place to be anymore, the money is terrible and they try to sell you a glamour thing. Who lives on Glamour nowadays? Google Brazil and SMB are totally overrated. If you are a kid that wanna show off as the coolest hipster person in a fratty party, that's the place for you. If you aren't, its a trap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a test, ask your team leads and managers to do an excel formula (HLookup, etc), ask also how much is the ecomnerce segment in USD in Brazil. I guarantee you, of you use this as firing bar, you will have to replace 95% of your leading team.
    Why do you think the turn over is terrible in SMB? BECAUSE YOU HAVE BAD MANAGERS!

    Word in the street is that Googlers in Brazil are a joke. Kids on diapers with no sense of anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The People Make this Place Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Incredible company full of smart, motivated employees. I've rarely encountered disgruntled employees grumbling to each other at the water cooler. Everyone is passionate about their personal hobbies and brings their A game to work every day.

    Cons

    It's a flat organization, which means it's difficult to get promoted or get a fancy title.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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