Google Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Enjoyable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Experience in one of the largest and well know companies in the world in a great location and amongst similar minded people

    Cons

    the cost of living in the bay area and the long working hours make it tough to continue motivation and standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    expected job hours and expected love for the brand is sometimes unrealistic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience but limited mobility

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed access to lots of resources and smart people. Really liked the author talks from interesting writers. Free food and benefits were awesome. Explaining to people at weddings that you work for Google alleviates all further discussion of details about what you do

    Cons

    Hard to feel like you make an impact; convoluted career advancement procedures (need to always be strategizing around leveling up). Since the company is so big, you have to make a concerted effort to grow your skill set outside of your immediate world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Doing a great job overall; just might not be the right fit for certain people who need more breadth in their job experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I love Google Park and the food it provided

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Many friends here, and it's closed to San Francisco

    Cons

    Yes, we need to deal with different problems here everyday, including some challenging part

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We should organize more gathering, and introduce more to our interns.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interview experience at Mountain View

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Awesome place to work and play

    Cons

    Company is too far and not much internet facility available

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont spy on online life of people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    (NON-TECH Role)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Flexible working schedule
    Easy job for lots of money: VERY EASY.
    20% Projects are feasible if you find a way to get your work done in advance.
    Ex. hiring a freelancer via Odesk (very cheap rates) for the stuff you just don't feel like doing. < smart people in jobs that are too junior get complacent and bored.
    Manager your managers expectations and they won't have a clue nor do they care as long as you deliver.
    Food / Snacks
    Shuttle Service
    Bathrooms with heated seats and bidet
    Smart co-workers
    MOMA: Googler Visibility with photos (ironically the search engine is awful)
    Campus vans vs. Riding bicycle in heels.
    Perks
    Resume Padder: Recruiters call everyday while at work!
    Choice of laptop, screens, erg setup.
    Tech Support: Free cords, batteries, adapters, galore!
    The coolest most legit people are the security staff.

    Cons

    No specific order:
    Smartest people in Junior roles causes complacency
    Jealousy: Concept/ idea stealing, lack of integrity.
    The way Temps / Consultants are treated as 2nd class citizens
    People get lazy and tend to meet virtually in the same building. = no human connection
    Not friendly people that sit around you don't say hello and if you do, wow the strangest reaction!
    Abundance of younger (mid 20's) fresh out of MBA programs= no real job experience.
    The Google High lasts about 2 weeks then you realize all the perks are to cover up the companies incompetence.
    Unless you've been with the org for years it's nearly impossible to set a career trajectory
    If you don't work under a product team you're just background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep personal affairs outside the work place.
    Value the contract / temp workers.
    Stop thinking Google is a startup. It's clearly not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work with smart people

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Great perk on food and in-office massage
    learn something new everyday,
    Your idea can change the outcome for millions to use the product

    Cons

    Growth bottleneck exists, the whole FLAT organization was not really true
    sometimes rapid change can be a bit overkill, it is a bit extreme in my taste

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be a bit more customer and user friendly in product design imo, I feel google keep getting arrogant on decision making lately...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome workplace and brightest minds in the industry.

    Cons

    Long work hours and complex projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Golden handcuffs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Relationship Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great perks, coworkers, flexibility & pretty solid compensation (not the highest but the other bene's make up for it)

    Cons

    Promotions in the Ad Ops team were hard to come by. Incredibly competitive, had to outshine your neighbor and be your own PR person. Lots of BS and busy work. No sense of contributing anything valuable to your team. Micromanagement and ever stringent review process - bar is always being raised.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good personnel management, good environment, great perks, limited ability to have an impact on the company.

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

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work on interesting and challenging technical problems.
    Flexible hours and generous ability to take time off and work from home.
    Food is good, perks are generous, office environment is pleasant, co-workers are smart.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to switch projects.
    Some of the work can be boring. Engineering-wise, it's hard to experiment publicly -- too many eyes watching, too much need to scale.
    Can be hard to get good performance feedback until it's too late.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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