Google Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
2,463 Reviews

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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inspiring, supportive, challenging, rewarding.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Design Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Outstanding perks and rewards, high expectations, challenging work, lots of empowerment and minimal micromanagement, good collaboration, good lateral and vertical mobility, smart and do-the-right-thing colleagues, fair and unbiased feedback and performance evaluations, very transparent and good access to leadership.

    Cons

    Even the best big companies have some amount of politics and some amount of duplicate or discarded work. Plus, when you've got a lot of people working on something, the work is sharded into smaller and more specialized bits, and some of those are naturally less interesting than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Keep thinking big and long term. Keep moving forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but limited mobility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed access to lots of resources and smart people. Really liked the author talks from interesting writers. Free food and benefits were awesome. Explaining to people at weddings that you work for Google alleviates all further discussion of details about what you do

    Cons

    Hard to feel like you make an impact; convoluted career advancement procedures (need to always be strategizing around leveling up). Since the company is so big, you have to make a concerted effort to grow your skill set outside of your immediate world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job overall; just might not be the right fit for certain people who need more breadth in their job experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    - A lot of mobility available - career shifts to sales, marketing, etc are possible
    - International travel and mobility highly possible
    - All the perks you hear about are true! Free food, great vacation packages, etc.
    - Many opportunities for advancing education, personal growth, etc.
    - Work life balance very good on most teams I've been a part of

    Cons

    - You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape
    - Most opportunities are in Mountain View HQ - a horrendous commute no matter how you swing it if you're living in SF
    -Many teams have an 'ivy league only' culture that can be stifling
    -Email and meeting culture can be real time sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Do something about the bureaucratic red tape
    - Proactively demonstrate more creativity and innovation - even in roles like sales and marketing
    - Be more marketing led, rather than product led

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hr process is not great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google for less than a year

    Pros

    Perks. Benefits are great, but work culture depends only on your team

    Cons

    Base salary is much lower than expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Base salary is much lower than expected

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    One of the best to work for!

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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic and super smart co-workers, great culture, perks and compensation package. Generous to new parents. Work hard play hard. Leadership committed to a long term growth of the company.

    Cons

    Company is now big which means more processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best job ever!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Everything has been amazing so far. I feel like I've died and gone to job heaven!

    Cons

    I don't have any cons right now. Maybe that it's a bit hard to understand career paths but that's super minor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing right now. Great job!

  8.  

    It's Google -- it lives up to its reputation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    - Free Food
    - the amenities are endless and truly amazing! It feels like a college campus more than a work campus.

    Cons

    It is such a big company, it's really hard to list the pros and cons! It depends what you are looking for and what team you are on. It probably even depends what office or campus you work on. I can't speak to every situation when it comes to Google. I worked on a contractor, so for me, the perks were still great, but you always feel a little left out when you are not a full time employee. In my experience, my managers didn't really educate or work with me directly. I had a teammate who managed me, and he was great! But it felt a bit isolating at times. I also wish I would have participated in more events, groups and activities. But I think you have to feel comfortable in your role before you branch out, and right when I got to that place, my contract was over!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think mentoring contractors (TVCs), making them feel included, being honest with them about their opportunity to continue with the company, and connecting them to resources more would be nice! But overall, working for Google is a surreal experience and it was amazing!

  9.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart co workers, lots of perks, solid reliable infrastructure, great work life balance and continuing education. You learn a lot of best practices. The researchers are world class and you get to work on the bleeding edge of technology

    Cons

    Too large one can get lost in the megaplex. At higher levels it can get more and more political. Not much use of open source infrastructure beyond Linux

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I really enjoy the environment

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    Current Employee - Visual Data Specialist  in  Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Visual Data Specialist in Bothell, WA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    So much lax. freedom. Lots of fun

    Cons

    Job can get a little redundant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    *Smart and hardworking co-workers
    *Constantly innovating
    *You get to contribute to some amazing products being build that really can improve people's lives.
    *Google culture
    *Good management
    *Amazing perks

    Cons

    Everyone I've worked with is incredibly smart (and nice). I don't view this as a con but if you are used to being the big fish in a small pond it might be an adjustment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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