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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 127 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 114 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best Job Ever

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

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

    Pros

    Bright people to work with. Competent managers

    Cons

    sometime long hours around project deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you do best

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Incredible people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    You work with the smartest engineers in the world. You solve very difficult problems. You eat delicious food.

    Cons

    You eat too much delicious food. On a more serious note, it may be a bit difficult to separate work from life because of how closely Google seems to integrate its people. You'll have to work very hard to have a life outside of your code.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The recruitment process sometimes seems a little messy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Software Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Good culture. Innovative. Good benefit.

    Cons

    Big company. Lots of people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Brilliant Coworkers, Amazing Benefits, and No Shortage of Challenging Work

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues at the top of their game who are surprisingly unpretentious and approachable.
    Unfathomable benefits - food, gifts, freedom.
    A peek "behind the curtain"
    Openness, trust, and a really unique corporate culture

    Cons

    It's hard work! If you're smart enough to get hired and you learn the stack, you'll do fine, but overachieving coworkers make it difficult to stand out.

    Listening to coworkers complain about how their scallops weren't cooked properly :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the open culture
    Continue "not being evil"
    Perhaps ease the growth pressure on the SWE ladder? Not everyone aspires to be a tech lead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fantastic company, great career path, company values and work/life balance!

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

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

    Pros

    Great crowd, knowledge base, infrastructure, amazing benefits, minimal bureaucracy, transparency, company genuinely cares about their employee's happiness, and the result is a very happy and fun place to work at.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, be prepared to have to constantly adapt and refactor code. Getting tasks done is a bit harder than usual here as there are a lot more things to take into consideration, such as scale, security, testing, etc. (but granted they also yield a lot better results than in other places). It gets better with time though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve internal tools & libraries and make them as easy and fun to use as the public APIs we provide!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very pleasing.

    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    The employers were very understandful.

    Cons

    Not one I can see right now.

  8.  

    Lots of benefits

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

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

    Pros

    The company will take care of you. You will have the best health coverage you can think about and most likely your salary will be above average. You get to work with really smart people.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment some times to much. Some people will not share information to get ahead of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing a really good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to intern, not a lot of structure, though.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MBA Intern Senior Account Planner in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - MBA Intern Senior Account Planner in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great program, environment, good perks

    Cons

    Not a lot of structure in terms of goals and evaluation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    An amazing company.

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

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

    Pros

    Great flexibility and very friendly work environment.

    Cons

    A lot of inquisitive questions from outsiders about inside work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It has been a pleasant experience...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company......
    Dream company of anyone....

    Cons

    Very hard to get a chance to be in this company...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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