Google Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 115 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 241 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 82 reviews)

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  1.  

    Awesome

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great food, great people. The people are smart and sharp and it was a joy to work with them everyday

    Cons

    The firm is big, almost too big. it no longer maintains its entreprenurial feel. But they make a good effort

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    These are top notch people> they are smart and always willing to help. There is not problem approaching them with questions

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fast paced.

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Always on the leading edge of technology. High pressure workplace but high rewards. Access to all technologies. No limit on hardware.

    Cons

    Not best place to work when balancing home/work/religion. Extreme pressure to complete tasks on-time. Little time to exercise as work consumes all your time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To stay in the forefront in search and other web technologies Google must continue to push employees. Employees know what they are getting into when they are hired.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Freedom of what to work on;
    Lots of areas;
    Engineers are highly respected;
    Knowledge are shared across company;
    Great infrastructure to minimize work burden;

    Cons

    Weak management;
    Sometimes directions are kind of random;

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    awsome

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    innovation, creativity, the chance to do anything with the 20 percent time. The chance to work on innovative products along side with some extremely smart people.

    Cons

    It too big. Not like the days of the .com. Their options are worthless. Managers want to protect their butts. benefits suck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be flexible like the .com days, don't be too greed, let employees have a difference, let there be true innovation, I want to party

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Outstanding

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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

    Pros

    Great people to work for

    Cons

    Hard to get big picture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can do better

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent, but Stressful.

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Intern in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great infrastructure, great technology, great food (bad for keeping fit though).

    Cons

    Slow process from idea to launch, too many hoops to run through.
    Infrastructure not easily transferable outside of Google.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More efficient ways to go from ideas to launch.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, glad to have worked there

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Brilliant coworkers.
    Culture promotes continuous learning. There's a famous author, artist or industry leader giving a talk or performance at the company every week.
    Amazing perks. 50% match in 401k.

    Cons

    Inexperienced middle managers who are where they are because they were strong individual contributors, and not necessarily strong people managers.
    Becoming more and more political.
    Lack of autonomy in your job. Decisions, even the most inconsequential, seem to be made by a few people in each department.
    Few career advancement opportunities.
    No work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees and managers to make more decisions on their own. Allow for more risk taking and autonomy.
    Hire, promote and value leaders who excel at developing and managing people. Make managing employees a full time job, not something to be done only during review time. Managers who remain hands on end up competing with their own direct reports.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Google is a great company to work for

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    1. Lots of smart people around.
    2. Technology knowledge is abound, and is easily accessible.
    3. Job impact on the world is tremendous.
    4. Neat perks.

    Cons

    Company is now very large, so it takes a while for things to happen: on the org side, and on the tech side, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For new projects that Google starts, think of them more as an investor, not an employer. Ask harder questions about the target audience, go to market strategy, expected returns. This will hopefully help avoid the flops like Wave was which nobody could even explain without demoing it.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic people, great perks, huge global impact

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

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great...
    ...global impact & scale
    ...for resume & prof. growth
    --people
    ---perks
    ---culture
    ----work-life balance
    ----great training resources

    Cons

    ---poor middle mgmt.
    ---no career growth
    ---low salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire managers that are incapable of being a good leader.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    very good work environment and benefits

    Cons

    Heavy work load and research.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None i can offer

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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