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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Place To Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager II in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager II in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is a great place to work. Free meals, fun offsites, and hands off management.

    Cons

    The base salary is just okay, but annual bonuses make up for it if you're a solid employee (ie., meeting or exceeding expectations).

    Advice to Management

    Try to limit and control middle management bloat.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open, creative atmosphere. Smart people to work with.

    Cons

    Promotions hard to get, process a bit opaque.

    Advice to Management

    Make promo process more transparent, easier.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Great Place (especially if you are single)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Challenging work everyday. -Great coworkers. -Great benifits. -Good pay. - Nice brand. You get a chance to change the world! - Its google!

    Cons

    - Too much expectations - Difficult to balance work and personal life. - Expectations too high, instant delivery is expected

    Advice to Management

    Expectations are too high. Standard set is at a very high level for people. Not everyone is same. Need better management.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to work, however limited growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Google Online Sales Strategist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Google Online Sales Strategist in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - awesome benefits - great 401k match - By far some of the smartest people - Work on interesting issues and projects - Great environment

    Cons

    - You do work pretty hard. - Limited career growth opportunities. Only hire MBAs for manager positions. - Managers aren't than capable and don't understand the job. - Good to stay and learn for 4 years but you will need to leave in order to grow your career.

    Advice to Management

    Don't require MBAs for managers. Our managers aren't great. There are also limited career growth opportunities (especially in OSO).


  6. Helpful (3)

    Smartest people I've worked with, fantastic benefits, but becoming more political

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The smartest people I've ever worked with - Fantastic benefits and access to resources needed - Never stop learning from others - Open culture, people openly share knowledge, very few secrets relative to other companies

    Cons

    - Senior management in the weeds too much - Very silo'd roles, hard to break out of your career ladder vertical - Lack of career paths, and career advice - Becoming more political over time

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on leading the company strategy and not on tactical UI and product decisions - Work hard on ensuring that politics is minimized as the company grows


  7. Helpful (5)

    Good place if you want to "settle down"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture - Google has an amazing culture and is a very engineering centric organization. They pretty much defined how the modern silicon valley company should look like and they still do it very well. The learning opportunities - It's possible to move easily between teams at Google and you can learn a lot of about a lot of things. The perks - Everyone's heard of the perks, and they are awesome. The food is great, the benefits are great, the salaries are competitive with bonuses and stock options.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult to get recognition for a job well done. Can be a little hectic on some teams, while it can be painfully slow on others. Moving from one team to another hinges on getting well known, and in some instances promoted, yet the promotion process is quite difficult to make it work for you. You may try to get promoted one year and get refused by a committee when another one would have given you the promotion, because the members of that committee were more aware of what you did or who you are.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should try to do a better job at ensuring that everyone is not getting bored working on a trivial job. There are lots of people at Google who are overqualified for what they are doing.


  8. Google NY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great and smart people to work with Good atmosphere Great perks

    Cons

    Committee decisions very large company Too much politics

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility.


  9. Still a great place to work, despite the growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You're working with top people in the world, the culture is very very relaxed, flex time, great benefits, free food.

    Cons

    The environment has changed since the early days. This may just be Operations jobs and does not necessarily apply to all Engineering though. Even still it's a great job.

    Advice to Management

    More and more talented people are leaving for new startups or other areas of the company. I don't have a specific solution but the reason is that the place has become too bureaucratic and it is much more difficult to work on fun new projects in Operations.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic opportunities, it's all up to you

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of self-directed time and energy. Great visibility into several core tech markets. World class computing infrastructure.

    Cons

    Chaotic, lots going on all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused: actions speak louder than words.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Contractors are not treated with respect

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    free breakfast lunch, dinner, gym membership, social events, and shuttle to work smart and interesting co workers good name recognition

    Cons

    contractors are treated with disrespect. the company makes it unclear what is needed in order to transition from a contractor to a full time employee. contractors are left in the dark.

    Advice to Management

    treat contractors with more trust and be more straightforward in regards to what is required to become full time.



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