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Updated December 23, 2014
Updated December 23, 2014
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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.  

    Evangelized adoption and usage of Google Apps for Education to university IT departments as a Google Student Ambassador.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Google Student Ambassador in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Google Student Ambassador in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Vibrant work culture and numerous possibilities for professional growth.

    Cons

    None in my role as a Google Student Ambassador.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize employer performance with long-lasting intrinsic rewards than short-term extrinsic ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Cutting edge work, stellar peers and great compensation

    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

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

    Pros

    - Industry leading technology to work on
    - Some of the smartest people as peers
    - Great opportunities to grow
    - Nice compensation

    Cons

    - Intense work culture
    - Work hours can get long (but our mostly fun)
    - The company is much bigger now

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good working atmosphere, welfare more humane.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Content Editing in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Current Employee - Content Editing in Beijing, Beijing (China)

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

    Pros

    Good working atmosphere, good communication between colleagues, corporate welfare is good, one day aunt fake girls every month, and every month 200 bus subsidy policy, reliable.

    Cons

    At present the company in business, work six days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Back on track as soon as possible, to achieve double cease.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The organization design of large scale, the internal fight the enemy separately.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Edith, GA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Edith, GA

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

    Pros

    Colleagues are nice, leadership is also very good, will help you to improve yourself

    Cons

    The work efficiency is low, the management level is low, bureaucracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should take the architects as the main management, not administrative management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Makes you feel good about working

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I found the company has a very open, positive culture. Everything is better with primary colors. The longer I spent there, the more assured I felt that Google was a force for good. It's really easy to drink the Kool-Aid.

    Cons

    The work you're assigned to might not be as interesting as you hoped, given that, it is, after all, Google.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Google has a lot of really smart people who come to work with a great attitude of wanting to do the right thing and make people around them successful. We are lucky to have leadership invest in their employees and really want to make the world a better place. We very rarely approach projects in a "here is how we can save money" approach but more in a here is how we can make a great user experience. The perks are great and the atmosphere is really relaxed and empowered to make a positive impact.

    Cons

    Compensation is definitely not the highest in the valley which makes it difficult to live close to work and buy a home you would really like to live in.

    Sometimes it feels like there are too many cooks in the kitchen on high profile projects.

    As we grow, the perks seem to be lessening. The food is not as good, the christmas present was definitely not as good and it feels like opportunities to feel apart of Google are starting to become more rare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to continue to make it feel like a smaller company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Mixed feelings about working through another company!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Best facilities and ambience to work which gives freedom to concentrate and exhibit your talent.

    Cons

    Worked for one of the worst process management company which has a hierarchy that has a zero knowledge on the work process and just looks at numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have a regular rating of such companies and test their management about the work knowledge and the way they run a process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    One hell of a place to fall into a a lifelong groove.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Stellar resources. Amazing compensation and benefits. The hours can be long, but the emphasis on work life balance is part of the company culture.

    Cons

    Google can be just a little stuck up. I worked with Google as part of an company acquisition and the hazing went far beyond the pale - they took out a banner ad targeted at my company with a picture of a pig so discouraging us from eating at their company cafeteria!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Good enviroment and good people

    Cons

    Too few people and not borring XD

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can be a great place, but not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    + Probably the best benefits in the industry
    + Trying to solve tough problems in many different areas.

    Cons

    + Can sometimes seem like there are too many smart/driven people trying to each make their individual mark, such that collaborative efforts suffer
    + The culture seems to be based on the bet that if you bring a bunch of smart people together, something great will happen. Rely much less on strong top and middle management that drives things in an organized way with a coherent vision.
    + There are many unsuccessful efforts in the company that are rarely talked about. And many cool things are talked about and pre-announced way before they are ready or even before it becomes clear how likely they are to actually happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What worked for you as a young company won't necessarily work as you get bigger and more mature. Having much stronger management and internal direction doesn't mean being less creative. Don't assume that putting a bunch of smart people together will automatically lead to greatness.

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