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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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best company in the world...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Exciting to work for a company who values your ideas. Very smart and talented group of people!

    Cons

    A bit harder to climb the corporate ladder when you're working in a regional office. Those folks in regional offices, know what I mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the doors open.

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

    Great company to work for

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    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Sometimes can be confusing, if you're not sure what interest you most.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you're an engineer, it's pretty sweet.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Excellent salary / benefits / perks. Super smart people. Challenging projects. You learn a TON working here.

    Cons

    If you're in a remote office (outside MTV), it can be hard to make lateral moves in your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone is fragmented does not mean they aren't productive. There should be some kind of appeal process to keep remote people on teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Inspiring

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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 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Intelligent colleagues, opportunity for great impact on life quality of Google users, great benefits.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any. The commute takes some time, but the company provides very frequent shuttles.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great company to work for

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great products. Great working environment.

    Cons

    Got too big. Too diverse. Duplicate efforts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast, lunch dinner, massages, weekly entertainment, free drinks and snacks. Game room. Scooters.

    Cons

    I didn't get the chance to select my own projects. It is mostly handed down to you. If you are new you get the not so good projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Still awesome place to work

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can make differences to life of people around the globe.
    It's a philanthropic company. You can have sense of pride.

    Cons

    Has become a big company. People not working as hard as before.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Engineer-driven company looking to change the world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy. Lots of product focus. They take focus on the customer seriously. Technology and engineer-driven culture where they aim to solve tough problems, not a lot of gimmiky product work going on. Everyone there is whip-smart and there isn't much politics.

    Cons

    All of the pros mentioned above are getting weaker as the company starts to plateau and tries to squeeze out more revenue. Product managers may be surprised at how little power they have relative to at other companies - at Google it is the engineers that really run things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The bottoms-up approach worked pretty well for a long time.

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

    Google is still an amazing company after all these years

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

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    Great peers who always offer helpful assistance and insightful suggestions. Nice working environment. Nice food. Making contribution to the world. The company respects engineers very much.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are still too much meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I love it here, but it may depend on which part of the company you are in

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Stability
    - Lots of computing resources at your disposal
    - Mature codebase
    - Great colleagues
    - Outstanding remuneration

    Cons

    - Large company so your project might seem small in comparison (even when it impacts millions of users)
    - Career management is on the onus of the employee (but this might not be a problem once you hit senior which can be the steady state and you are comfortable with the work)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * More structured career progression: tailor a career path instead of the ad-hoc / individualized career advancement based on managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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