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  1. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Google (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance Good opportunities for professional development It is fun to work there Launches are quite a fulfilling thing

    Cons

    Engineering driven Flat structure Siloed products Hard path up the corporate ladder Very hard to reach consensus


  2. How can you say no?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Pryor, OK
    Former Employee - Operations Engineer in Pryor, OK

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    It was a fascinating, one of a kind place to work.

    Cons

    Management refused to talk to you since you were a temp. And you HAVE to be a temp for a year, or more - much more sometimes, before you can get hired on.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a pair!


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company, lots of politics.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Moving at the speed of light. Founders care about the world and technology.

    Cons

    Lots of external folks brought in agency and consulting type of cultures. It's a "House of Cards" + "Game of Thrones" type of company on a day-to-day basis. If you're looking for a career in politics, this is a great company for you - you'll get more than enough of that. Be prepared to get thrown under the bus oftenly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Larry and cut the politics.


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  5. Google Austin

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lively young employee force, great office spaces and increasing presence in the Austin area with new planned office space for 2017.

    Cons

    Only three teams are currently in the area (Google for Work sales, Recruiting, Fiber), limiting career mobility within the city. Three office spaces scattered through town, making it hard to form a wide community with other teams and organizations. Google for Work sales reps are never in the office, making the spaces often feel empty.

    Advice to Management

    In order to maintain a good presence in the area, it is important to have various teams to keep a lively and collaborative environment.


  6. getting to be too big of a company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people in the world

    Cons

    Some roles are not clearly defined which eventually chases away the good talent

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to the bottom or middle of the ladder. they're the ones leaving and it's going to leave google with nothing


  7. Helpful (1)

    Critical juncture

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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Smart co-workers; interesting work; fun to be at a high-profile place; perks are good.

    Cons

    Company needs to make some changes/decisions to avoid becoming Microsoft from years ago (bloated, political, etc)


  8. Everything you need in life at work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very open atmosphere. They have everything you might ever need and more. 20+ cafes to eat at, all very good.

    Cons

    Very fast paced. You have to be smart to keep up with everyone else and invest yourself in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing well. I have no issues with the way management is run. My boss personally was spectacular.


  9. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything you read is true. Great people are above all else the best perk of working there.

    Cons

    Big company. Hard to move the needle. Working outside of Mountain View is challenging.


  10. Exciting place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Got to work with a large range of really strong, interesting people. I ended up wanting to stay and work late because most of the people I worked with were a lot of fun. It was great working with highly motivated individuals that wanted to change the world.

    Cons

    Way more politics that I ever imagined. Many people referred to management as Game of Thrones, since everyone vying for the top, inevitably died (got fired). There was often a mismatch between what the execs prioritized and what middle management wanted. Lots of koolaide drinking going on, and the focus on new features is so high while the attention to fixing broken things was really low.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Mediocre management

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Salary and perks. Larry Page is a true visionary and the level of information sharing for a company that size is truly astounding.

    Cons

    Very mediocre and insecure finance management from the old days when a career in finance at Google was not the career of choice but these people just got lucky and now they don't want to go elsewhere. No vision from the finance management and Finance is not at all effective in its role at enforcing any kind of fiscal discipline in spend. Finance has its own sub-culture where extroverted personalities are valued over people who do good work. There is a severe lack of opportunities to rise in finance and there is no clear career path or mentorship available.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in fresh blood at the top, lay more emphasis on good work vs personalities.



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