Google Reviews in San Bruno, CA

Updated March 5, 2014
Updated March 5, 2014
2,470 Reviews

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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern (2012 and 2013)

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    Former Employee - SWE Intern  in  San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - SWE Intern in San Bruno, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people. The food is great. You get to work on projects of immense scale. The pay is great. There is a lot of glamour that comes with the job. People are impressed when they hear that you work for Google.

    Cons

    Google is in a state of denial regarding its bureaucracy. It is a huge company and it should accept that fact to fix inefficiencies. A couple of VPs are obviously more interested in politics than in the greater good. The playful, smart company with "don't be evil" as a motto is a vision that has cleary disappeared. Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You can change the world while working in Google

    Cons

    Company gets bigger, more internal competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best company I've worked for, by a mile

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Bruno, CA

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

    Pros

    Great culture, awesome products, wall-to-wall smart people.

    Cons

    Hyperactive organisation can be exhausting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst  in  San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Analyst in San Bruno, CA

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

    Pros

    Work at Google, change the world.

    Cons

    Hiring process is pretty convoluted, and some policies are annoying, but ultimately are sensical and tolerated since they typically relate to important core company values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with tons of benefits and a simulating work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Technology Senior Associate  in  San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Advertising Technology Senior Associate in San Bruno, CA

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

    Pros

    Google not only has amazing benefits including great health care/dental/vision, 401K contribution-matching, free food, gym, etc., but it provides amazing resources for skill-building. The company has an entire organization dedicated to providing in-house classes from everything to excel to presentation skills. The company also promotes its workers to bring their own ideas to the table and execute them no matter their level in the department.

    Cons

    Because there are so many bright people working at Google, it's difficult to stand out and get recognized for a job well done. There is a quota on promotions that can be given out each period, and there is lack of visibility on the criteria involved. There are a lot of lateral movement opportunities but not upward movement within a department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Google - world's #1 springboard but ultimately not a nice place to grow old

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    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Responsibility and ability to make impact early in one's career

    Cons

    Very abysmal senior management. Lack of strategy, frequent changes of strategy, arbitrary success metrics. Many are in the "billionaires" club and have checked out without realizing it. While they claim to be nimble, too many have made their orgs top heavy and are not able to cultivate the next level of managers - too few performers are given management responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step aside for the next generation. You've had countless failures under your belt such as Checkout, Product Search, Video (not You Tube!) and Display advertising, but rather than admit that you keep a core group of people at the steering wheel who aren't skilled to motivate people nor guide the multitude of products to success

    Approves of CEO

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