Google Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone knows the amazing benefits, perks and general culture that Google has. In addition to that because of the number of areas that Google is in, you never get bored. It is very easy to move around in the company and you will always be able to find something of interest within the company.

    Cons

    The number of engineering projects outside of HQ seems to be low and can be taken away at any given point in time because they decided to move everything to HQ.

  2. A unique place to work... just not satisfying for me

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Top notch talent... I've never worked with such a collection of smart and passionate folks. Benefits are obviously among the best in the business. Tech support staff that's actually knowledgeable and responsive... stuff actually gets resolved quickly (may seem funny to harp on that but the point is... the company makes investments to make problems like this vanish)

    Cons

    Definitely felt like a smaller fish in a big pond... not used to that. Although they've invested mightily in developer productivity, there are still a lot of impediments. Part of why I left was I didn't have faith/passion about the product strategy I was working within (won't say why I left). Bottom line is, I'm a very PRODUCT focused engineer, not a TECHNOLOGY focused engineer... I know that may seem odd but it's true. If you want to go to a place and grapple with technical challenges on scales you are unlikely to find elsewhere and are not easily frustrated by capricious product strategy this would be a great place for you! Just not for me.

    Advice to Management

    Think hard about whether you've grown to provincial. It's true you face challenges that only a handful of other companies come close to however it felt like your ranks are swelled with academics and folks who've spent most if not all of their careers at the company.

  3. Overall, an enjoyable place to spend the summer

    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Bruno, CA

    I worked at Google

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

    Pros

    I loved the weekly all company meetings. Makes you feel very connected to some of what is going on around Google.

    Cons

    As an intern, the project I was assigned differed from what I thought I had agreed to before I was hired.

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  5. Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google

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

    Pros

    benefits, culture, opportunities, work-life balance, compensation.

    Cons

    There are no cons at Google.

  6. The perks are great, but the work itself is meh.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - VIA Reviewer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Contractor - VIA Reviewer in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    At YouTube we get free food 3x a day, free gym access, free shows and entertainment opportunities, etc. Our schedule is very flexible and the managers are amazing.

    Cons

    The work is not challenging at all for my particular team, and we don't ever get paid time off. I should clarify that I'm on as a contractor, not a full-time employee.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your contractors on mandatory holidays.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Interactive Designer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Interactive Designer in San Bruno, CA

    I have been working at Google

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks, (obviously). hmmm... thats really the only positive thing I can think of.

    Cons

    - Management - I personally experienced the worst management. My boss didn't know how to be a manager, and would always try and steal my work, and then take credit for it later. Super micromanager. His boss way just as bad, and the director of our department is a joke. A lot of favoritism and politics, and ego filled people who think they are entitled.

    - Constant reorgs, and the fear of wondering if you will lose you job.

    - No growth advancement.

    - Bonus was less then promised in offer letter.

    Advice to Management

    Be more down to earth, and loose the attitude.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Google

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

    I have been working at Google

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

    Pros

    Best place to work. They have so many benefits, allow you to work 20% of time on your own projects, can bring dog to work, food court, exercise so much to love.

    Cons

    Sometimes I feel like I am required to live at work. I would like to spend more time with my family than is sometimes expected of me.

    Advice to Management

    Good leadership, more interaction day to day with employees.

  9. Great perks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great perks and work atmosphere. Workloads are manageable.

    Cons

    There are many middle management positions that lack clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Too many middle management positions that don't give clear directions.

  10. Great place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Pros

    People are amazing and doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Getting really big. Really noting bad can be said.

    Advice to Management

    Not much. Move faster, even faster.

  11. Working here is exactly what you would think

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account 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

    Benefits: Google Stock, 401k matching, free food, free gym, free cell phone (in sales), work-life balance

    Cons

    Usually hires over-qualified people, slow career progression can be frustrating

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