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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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Pleasant

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Good benefits, good infrastructure, generally reasonable coworkers.

    Cons

    Promotion by committee means it's harder to get recognized for an obscure project or brunt work maintaining important stuff than for working on 'sexy' projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to unbreak the promotion system.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 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.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Fast paced.

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Always on the leading edge of technology. High pressure workplace but high rewards. Access to all technologies. No limit on hardware.

    Cons

    Not best place to work when balancing home/work/religion. Extreme pressure to complete tasks on-time. Little time to exercise as work consumes all your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To stay in the forefront in search and other web technologies Google must continue to push employees. Employees know what they are getting into when they are hired.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice perks, it's better if you can get in at a high level

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Really great people-- smart and interesting. Good cadence of people wanting to do new things. It's a huge company with lots of global offices so there are opportunities to do international assignments which is really amazing.

    Cons

    Getting political, and there is a big difference between old timers and new comers, right out of college and MBAs. They recruit for AdWords right out of college and the pay is ok-- but I think they largely get incredibly talented at a low "price" just b/c it's Google. If you don't have an advanced degree, you're told you can move around (and you can, title and job wise) but it's going to be lateral moves for the most part. Moving up seems virtually impossible these days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency is something the company is proud of. It's pretty good here but at the same time, there are tons of instances of favoritism. For example, a lot of people in the AdWords department managed people they were previously friends with. It made a lot of promotion decisions seem less-than-objective. I would have upper management really consider how middle managers are selected and how they do their jobs b/c there are some really crummy middle managers who make life for their teams pretty rotten.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    awsome

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    innovation, creativity, the chance to do anything with the 20 percent time. The chance to work on innovative products along side with some extremely smart people.

    Cons

    It too big. Not like the days of the .com. Their options are worthless. Managers want to protect their butts. benefits suck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be flexible like the .com days, don't be too greed, let employees have a difference, let there be true innovation, I want to party

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic people, great perks, huge global impact

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    Current Employee - Localization  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Localization in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great...
    ...global impact & scale
    ...for resume & prof. growth
    --people
    ---perks
    ---culture
    ----work-life balance
    ----great training resources

    Cons

    ---poor middle mgmt.
    ---no career growth
    ---low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire managers that are incapable of being a good leader.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    good

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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

    good, you can have a lot of fun with a lot of talented guys and gals it's really nice place.

    Cons

    not good some times, but especially when deadline is approaching, it would be really hard to finish everything before the deadline but you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it is a really good place to culvalivte your leadership. You can make a lot of friends there too, and.

    Approves of CEO

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