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Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
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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.  

    Best company I've ever worked for, including my own company

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

    Pros

    The engineers here are the best I've ever worked with, hands down.
    The company promotes the right people and fires the right people.
    The pay, benefits, and perks are amazing.
    The people really care for each other and look out for one another.
    Work life balance is great.

    Cons

    No real cons come to mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work with some of the smartest people in the field, but with a very corporate feeling.

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

    Pros

    The perks are unbeatable. There are intern activities like a carnival, baseball game, Arcade Fire concert, 5K run, and plenty more. All of the perks available on the campus including gyms, 3 delicious meals per day in around 20 different cafes, and random classes taught by other Googlers are available for interns. The people you meet at Google are incredibly intelligent and always have cool ideas to talk about, and the work that Google gives you is always challenging and keeps you learning new things.

    Cons

    The cultural tries to maintain a startup feeling, but ends up being very corporate. There is heavy emphasis on secrecy around the campus and there are a lot of internal tools to learn before you can really become very productive. Because all three meals and so many activities are available on campus, the work life balance becomes hard to maintain and you end up working much more than 40 hours per week.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One of the best to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Fantastic and super smart co-workers, great culture, perks and compensation package. Generous to new parents. Work hard play hard. Leadership committed to a long term growth of the company.

    Cons

    Company is now big which means more processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Recruiter  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    *Smart and hardworking co-workers
    *Constantly innovating
    *You get to contribute to some amazing products being build that really can improve people's lives.
    *Google culture
    *Good management
    *Amazing perks

    Cons

    Everyone I've worked with is incredibly smart (and nice). I don't view this as a con but if you are used to being the big fish in a small pond it might be an adjustment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

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

    Pros

    Smart co workers, lots of perks, solid reliable infrastructure, great work life balance and continuing education. You learn a lot of best practices. The researchers are world class and you get to work on the bleeding edge of technology

    Cons

    Too large one can get lost in the megaplex. At higher levels it can get more and more political. Not much use of open source infrastructure beyond Linux

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to build your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    - A lot of mobility available - career shifts to sales, marketing, etc are possible
    - International travel and mobility highly possible
    - All the perks you hear about are true! Free food, great vacation packages, etc.
    - Many opportunities for advancing education, personal growth, etc.
    - Work life balance very good on most teams I've been a part of

    Cons

    - You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape
    - Most opportunities are in Mountain View HQ - a horrendous commute no matter how you swing it if you're living in SF
    -Many teams have an 'ivy league only' culture that can be stifling
    -Email and meeting culture can be real time sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Do something about the bureaucratic red tape
    - Proactively demonstrate more creativity and innovation - even in roles like sales and marketing
    - Be more marketing led, rather than product led

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work!

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    The environment and culture are wonderful. There's free food and events. The company does interesting work. You fee like your work is relevant when you work here because of the nature of the company's work. The people are nice, smart, and down to earth.

    Cons

    People are assigned a lot of work so you must be sure to do a good job balancing your workload. It's hard to get work done when you have so many awesome distractions like neat events to attend.

  9.  

    The project wasn't as exciting as it was advertised

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    As an intern I had plenty of time to do whatever I wanted to. Also, since the project was pretty open ended, I didn't have specific deadlines to meet, except for having something to deliver at the end of the internship. My host and I were pretty much the only people who had any idea what was going on there. Other employees, however, seemed pretty tense about meeting expectations. Compensation was very good.

    Cons

    Office culture was annoying. A number of people hoping they would be the next Steve Jobs would deliver motivational speeches while wearing a turtleneck.

    Training was what I could expect it to be. There's a lot of material that had been developed over time, in form of online tutorials, which are pretty useful at any stage. Generally, the place seemed way too large, and spreading over way too many areas for people to get an idea of what the general direction was. Also, it was hard to get attached to a particular project, particularly given that a good number of these end up in the dumpster, so it's hard to see your own contribution growing into something nice.

    I wouldn't recommend to younger people to work in Mountain View. That place is boring, and unless you are willing to drive every day to San Francisco and back, there's nothing interesting going around there. Employees are pretty boring, most of them are overqualified people who ended up coding trivial stuff. Because of this, you always notice how people are trying to engage in some sort of weird competition involving things like solving mathematical puzzles and making a point about how they are the smartest employees any company could ever have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A contractors POV

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Mountain View, CA

    Pros

    Beautiful campus, free food, friendly people and tremendous technology. This is definitely the place you want to be to see cutting technology being tested and surveyed. You can just take a walk down the street and see a StreetView car or a Driverless car being tested.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy on conversion of contractors to full-time. There is so much stigma from being a contractor and it is really difficult to obtain a permanent position after the contract is over, especially if you are not an engineer. There is definitely a feel of segregation between contractors and employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good, Needs Help

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

    Pros

    The interesting projects and people are a huge pro for me. The salary is extremely good as well. I'm very excited to see the Company's future.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance is extremely hard. I don't know why they insist on turning us into slaves. If you have a bad manager, your experience will surely be ruined.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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