Google Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
2,470 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. 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

    I worked at Google as an intern

    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.

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    A contractors POV

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    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
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good, Needs Help

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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 a year

    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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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inspiring, supportive, challenging, rewarding.

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

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

    Pros

    Outstanding perks and rewards, high expectations, challenging work, lots of empowerment and minimal micromanagement, good collaboration, good lateral and vertical mobility, smart and do-the-right-thing colleagues, fair and unbiased feedback and performance evaluations, very transparent and good access to leadership.

    Cons

    Even the best big companies have some amount of politics and some amount of duplicate or discarded work. Plus, when you've got a lot of people working on something, the work is sharded into smaller and more specialized bits, and some of those are naturally less interesting than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up. Keep thinking big and long term. Keep moving forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to build your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    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
  7.  

    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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    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
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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

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

    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
  9.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly recommend to others

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

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

    Pros

    Nice compensation, nice culture, career growth, nice and smart people, free food

    Cons

    Busier than most big companies, which is both good and bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful Place

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    • Senior Management
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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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, perks, interesting projects, learning and growth opportunity. Google offers a lot of career development, and even a lot of entertainment onsite.

    Cons

    Overheads of checking in codes, politics in certain groups. Sometimes people are spending a lot of time working just on trivial stuff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on technical stuff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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