Google Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
2,476 Reviews
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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page
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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.  

    It's Google

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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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart people. Good engineering practices. Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor. Lots of opportunities for travel. Interesting projects. Compensation and benefits very generous. Lots of cool perks, fun offsites etc.

    Cons

    Capricious high-level management direction, some projects don't make sense. Working across many time zones in distributed offices is challenging at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Challenging and Exciting Time!

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    Former Employee - Google [X]  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Google [X] in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Having a voice with upper management.

    Cons

    None that I can think of off the top of my head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Hard work, but worth it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer III  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer III in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies in the world to work for.

    Cons

    If you want work-life balance, you have to be the one to take the initiative. It won't just be handed to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Smartest people ever

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    • 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 full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are amazing, everyone is super talented and smart. Food & other perks are generous. For a large company, has a superbly impressive culture and responsiveness to employees' desires.

    Cons

    Individual team/group culture varies widely, some are a lot more "fun" to work on than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategically: keep it up! Larry is doing a great job internally. From a communications standpoint, I miss the days of Eric as CEO, as he's just so great at talking to the press and representing the company externally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome Culture!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    Great environment for those who are very driven

    Cons

    Nothing more than the usual growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing place, strong culture but not perfect for mid / senior level managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Director in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture; great transparency and excellent communication between senior management and the rest of the company. Very smart, motivated and fun people to work with. Incredibly fast paced and forward thinking company. Generally, very good products which are constantly improved on. Google is very consumer centric and also fast to learn and improve its products.

    Cons

    Google can be extremely competitive and is unrelenting in its pace. More importantly, for senior or mid level management you can hit a glass ceiling. The company is very product / eng driven which can at times be frustrating for sales & marketing people. Google is not organized structurally for employees looking for GM or P&L experience. It's too functionally structured for that. If you want to eventually manage a business then unless you're a product / eng person this might not be the right place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company, limited opportunities in a remote office.

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    Former Employee - Sales and Operations Associate  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Sales and Operations Associate in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. Fun congenial environment. Smart, motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Felt pigeonholed in my roll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency around career path opportunities and lateral moves between teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Competitive Machine of Silicon Valley

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Google presents an idyllic exterior setting: volleyball courts, free meals, and the athletic intramurals of a college campus. It has attracted many very smart people and offers good salaries. It is a technology focused company, and has produced four world changing products: Google Search, Ads, Maps, and YouTube.

    Cons

    Google is beset by internal competition -- the atmosphere of constant review pushes people to primp their resumes and do things to look better and make their competition look worse. Unscrupulous, loud people are rewarded, while ineffective people are treated similarly to those that actually do great work. The company is full of managers who don't really know how to manage.

    Working conditions offer no privacy and detract from concentration: wall-less elbow-to-elbow bull pens.

    Corporate Management insists on recruiting mostly at headquarters (Mountain View) despite the growing issue of insufficient housing for new hires. Employees live in the substandard housing nearby or yoke themselves for life to pay a mortgage on some place nice.

    Worst of all, much of management is running out of ideas. Almost every product they've produced was brainstormed fifteen years ago. The dream of the "Star Trek" computer is basically accomplished, and they now have tens of thousands of software engineers to employ doing... what, exactly?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Food, buses, free bikes, internal tooling. The only good things about Google in my experience were the perks really.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I was placed on a very boring internal project which I don't think should've been necessary in the first place. Since Google is such a truly massive company, there is a very real risk that you will spend all of your time and energy on what is essentially grunt-work to keep the massive ads machine rolling along.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and underpaid...

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    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    saying you 'work for Google', free food all day long, free shuttle transportation, lavish parties (depending on your group's visibility and corresponding budget), flexible work schedules

    Cons

    poor work-life balance for higher-level employees. if you are a higher-level hire with a masters degree you will find a high level of expectation from you starting on day 1, disorganized on-boarding training programs for new hires leaving you to sink or swim and figure things out on your own,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop the bureaucracy! Google should try harder to get back to it's original start-up entrepreneurial culture and leave the corporate BS for the birds!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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