Google Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
2,473 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.  

    Great people, work, and environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The company is extremely transparent internally, supports lifelong learning (if there is something you want to learn it is likely there is a class available on the topic), and you work with some of the smartest people around. The work environment is great, as is the food, fitness centers, and other added benefits.

    Cons

    If you end up on a project you aren't all that interested in or a team you don't quite mesh with, you may not enjoy your work as much as you could if you were placed on another team/project, though it seems fairly painless to switch teams if you aren't enjoying what you do anymore.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome Company

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

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

    Pros

    Great working culture. Very engineer-driven company. You feel that you can do what you like and are appreciated for it. Not to mention the great perks (that can get very distracting).

    Cons

    Everyone is super-smart and constantly tries to prove it, which can be very tiring Once you scratch the surface you realise that there are too many projects and not enough people to do them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The SDE intern experience in Google is amazing, where you can have chance to work with talented engineers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The teammates are very experienced engineer, from whom you can learn a lot.
    The working environment is perfect. Google provides snacks and free food

    Cons

    There are a lot of talented engineers in Google. You are less likely to touch the core productions

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Invigorating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice perks, good people.

    Cons

    Expectations based upon OKRs would be the negative.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work environment, incredibly smart co-workers, very collaborative.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    It's Google. But seriously, tons of cool stuff going on, and the ability to impact lives at scale. The work is challenging.

    Cons

    It's easy to get caught up in the multitude of emails, especially when working on teams that cross timezones. Work-life balance is something that you have to specifically think about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great stable job, not for entrepreneurial types

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

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

    Pros

    good perks
    good coworkers
    room for advancement

    Cons

    mundane work
    not vibrant
    not much people interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    psychologically profile your new employees so you can place them in the team or position that best suits them

  8.  

    It's Google

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Good engineering practices. Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor. Lots of opportunities for travel. Interesting projects. Compensation and benefits very generous. Lots of cool perks, fun offsites etc.

    Cons

    Capricious high-level management direction, some projects don't make sense. Working across many time zones in distributed offices is challenging at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A Challenging and Exciting Time!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Google [X]  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Google [X] in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Having a voice with upper management.

    Cons

    None that I can think of off the top of my head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Smartest people ever

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

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing, everyone is super talented and smart. Food & other perks are generous. For a large company, has a superbly impressive culture and responsiveness to employees' desires.

    Cons

    Individual team/group culture varies widely, some are a lot more "fun" to work on than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategically: keep it up! Larry is doing a great job internally. From a communications standpoint, I miss the days of Eric as CEO, as he's just so great at talking to the press and representing the company externally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    My experience at google was nothing short of amazing

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    So many highlights including: intelligent people, expansive budgets to accomplish your department initiatives, great perks and an amazing work environment overall. Everyone is highly driven and ambitious and when I came into work every day, I literally felt that energy as soon as I walked in through the door. People who excel in this company are self-starters and creative people that are able to think quickly and outside of the box.

    Cons

    upward mobility is stagnant. perks can make most complacent and satisfied with their role level for years with no title promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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