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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lot of Activity - What are we Doing?

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not bad experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Energy atmosphere
    High expectations
    Benefits
    Package
    Perks
    Good place to try out once. Though you have to fight for good work and to be recognized.

    Cons

    Ok food
    Disrespect from program managers

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a pleasure

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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

    Best Work Life Balance ever seen

    Cons

    Poor Career Growth
    Promotion review is dysfunctional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    I like the technology, culture and perks in Google. I like the fact that Google has many offices all over the world.

    Cons

    It grows to 30,000 employees by the end of 2011. and It starts to show similar problems as the previous big companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should focus on our main business such as search, ads, mobile and make progress faster. Don't create more intermediate layers in hierarchy.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I am totally satisfied with the work culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wow

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great! Fun!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    very good atmosphere.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Fantastic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Inconsistent managers plague Google

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    Former Employee - Engineering and Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering and Sales in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Perks, food, successful company, some cool products, resume builder

    Cons

    Your time at Google is entirely dependent on the capabilities of your manager.

    I worked in MTV for 4.5 years and I've never been at a place with more inconsistent quality of managers. I reported to 6 managers during my time. A few were great, but others were horrifyingly bad. Had enough with my last manager, who was self serving and not well liked by his group, yet the company did NOTHING to remove him. Decided to chart my own course by joining a startup that was more human focused. Have not regretted my decision whatsoever. Much happier now. Too many Google managers are often the victim of their own hubris + lack of real world experience.

    In 2005, Google was a place where you could change things and make decisions quickly. Now, it is a place to be a cog in a giant profit machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people based on metrics like academic pedigree and grade point average. Focus on human skills and leadership ability. Proactively address cases of poor middle management rather than sticking your head in the sand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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