Google Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to enjoy work and life

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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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A ton of very interesting engineering challenges to work on. Great perks and work-life balance. Amazing campus and food. All the engineers I interacted with were smart, nice, and very helpful.

    Cons

    I didn't get to know too many of the other interns or members of my team who weren't working on the same project as me. I think it's a product of the size of Google as well as its engineering demographic, which tends to be slightly older than some other, newer tech companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Google Contractor

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

    I worked at Google as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nearly Full access to facilities

    Cons

    Not quite all the benefits of a full employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not advertise as a "contract to hire", it is not a guaranatee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    What a great place to work at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Business Intelligence Analyst in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    I have just finished my 6th month at Google and I loved every minute of it. If you are willing, there is always a great opportunity to grow and improve yourself. The campus is designed in a way to teach you something everywhere, even in the restroom...

    Cons

    Compensation is actually not competitive for Non-Eng positions which leads to a high turnover. Due to this there are plenty of "average quality" employees which was quite bit of a surprise to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some Non-Eng positions are getting paid ridiculously low and I have seen many qualified employees leave just because of that by getting 50%+ more on top of what they were already making. They should realize that working for Google adds at least 30% to your market value and there will always be someone at the door waiting to attract these employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience for an engineer

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

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    As a software engineer in his early career years, Google was a good playground for learning many things. Google has the infrastructure and the people with expertise in virtually everything, and you can absorb a lot simply by using a lot of internal tools and practicing internal policies on code quality. Therefore having worked at Google is good both on paper and in practice.

    Cons

    At Google's scale, it is easy to be a cog in a very complicated machine that marches on. Personal growth is often a function of the team and management more than it should be. One may not necessarily find himself in the most ideal team in terms of skill fit and interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Both pros and cons come from Google's success thus far and its scale. Not sure what one can do to amplify or mitigate them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing intern experience

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Besides the delicious food, and awesome perks, one of the greatest part of interning at Google is that you really feel like you are a Googler. Google treats interns as full timers, both in terms of responsibilities and privileges. Interns can attend all company events and can become involved with nearly anything that a full time employee could.

    Cons

    I wouldn't say there are any real cons, although you will be expected to be able to balance your work with everything else. This can be tricky with all the intern events and things going on all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Innovative, fun work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Partner Development Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Strategic Partner Development Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leading innovative work, which nobody else is doing. Opportunities for career growth, and tons of career development resources available. Great benefits in stock equity as well as free onsite perks.

    Cons

    High stress, fast-paced environment. Getting so big that it can feel very bureaucratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HRBPs should do a better job with keeping tabs on Product Leads (especially in Google[x]) and paying close attention to team morale and happiness.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pleasant to work here

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

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

    Pros

    - competitive package.
    - awesome benefit: free food, gym, micro kitchen, many benefits
    - unique culture to encourage to encourage innovation

    Cons

    grows relatively steadily and stably, possibly fewer opportunities here than in startups

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Amazing culture, free food, smart people, interesting projects, all this while having a huge impact

    Cons

    It is getting a big company - so politics is creeping in, a lot of slack in pockets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - People want to grow, create opportunities for them. Beyond promotions, what else can the management offer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Closest Place To Paradise

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Security Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Security Specialist in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Perks like free food, great gyms, shuttle services, etc
    Great company culture
    A lot of great networking events across departments
    Google grow classes that help you build on old skills or learn new ones

    Cons

    Upward mobility is hazy
    Compensation isn't what I expected

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good times

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved the atmosphere. Management was motivating.

    Cons

    Time was always a problem. The clocks never worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to put batteries in the clocks. AA.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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