Google Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 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.  

    A company that demonstrates that it values the employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Researcher  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior User Experience Researcher in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits, fantastic food and snacks, which really boost morale. A culture of respect, and opportunity to work on interesting things, and interact with many different people. Good opportunities to travel to other Google offices. As much opportunity for professional and personal growth as one would like to have.

    Cons

    It's a big place, spread out across many locations. Though it's a positive when it comes to travel, it can be a little challenge for getting to know others and to be known yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the executive management, I have no complaints. But for some of the middle and upper management, it is not always clear to me what their mission is. We have visibility into their "official" missions, but the day-in and day-out is not as visible.

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

    Overall good experience but outlook may look grim

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist II  in  Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist II in Bothell, WA

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Good perks - free food, zen room, gym, etc. Exciting innovative place to work for professionals. Cool pilot projects to become involved in. Great co-workers who actually care and are passionate about their work. Social work setting depending on your team. Some teams like to work with little communication/silence. Others are more interactive with each other.

    Cons

    Getting very difficult to get promoted unless you have an 'in'. Management listens but rarely any action is seen. The whole infrastructure of the company is disconnected, especially with quality standards dropping due to shipping Google tech jobs overseas to India - which is becoming more and more prominent in this company. Just because they can pay Indian engineers on the lower end of the payscale to increase profit margins for stakeholders, affects U.S. employees work and creates lots of internal problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and take action. Stop focusing on the bottom line and focus more on making a quality product rather than cutting corners to get the most productivity out of your workers via outsourcing when we need to take care of our economy first. Improve the overall infrastructure, communication between groups, and slipping quality standards. Otherwise, your products will soon turn for the worst.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I really enjoy the environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Visual Data Specialist  in  Bothell, WA
    Current Employee - Visual Data Specialist in Bothell, WA

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

    Pros

    So much lax. freedom. Lots of fun

    Cons

    Job can get a little redundant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing company!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    I have something to compare with. This is the place where you can spend life working on interesting problems, and picking the team where you want to work.

    Cons

    None. I mean it. It is a corporation now, but still most of the things are very very reasonable

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

    Great company, but getting too big.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great perks, and proud on working with greatest company in the world for now. Good life/work balance in general.

    Cons

    Hard to get high impact work approved and done. Sometimes too much re-org and too little long term vision could hurt an organization with substantial size. Mid-management usually is the weak link in the system to constraint innovation, vision and productivity. Promotion system is kind of broken - we have managers/senior people in the team who made bad decisions about product but still got promoted at the exact the same time when the project was canceled - this just confused everybody about whether promotion has anything todo with people's work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give mid-level management more responsibilities to decide production directions but at the same time hold them responsible for the failures.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    They value your ideas. The employees were happy to work there. Awesome food, awesome people, awesome projects. Flexible working hours, and everyone were dedicated to their job!

    Cons

    Of course the expectations are high. It might be hard to work with people in different countries states when you work on the same project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Great people and big challenges to work on. They really take care of their people.

    Cons

    There's a lot going on and sometimes work/life balance suffers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Full of the worst people from Microsoft

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    All the usual good stuff about Google: free food and good comp.

    Cons

    Google opened the Kirkland office to poach from Microsoft and Amazon. Looks like they got what they wished for. The office and Google internally is just brimming with politics and useless processes now. All the good Engineers have/will leave very shortly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contract worker...nothing new

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist  in  Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist in Bothell, WA

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

    Pros

    Free lunch, nerf gun wars, very relaxed office environment.

    Cons

    There is almost no possibility to move up within the company. But we all know what we're getting into when we take the job. Just wish companies weren't like this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you aren't going to offer more opportunities for people to move up within the company or get their contracts extended, maybe offer classes or partial tuition reimbursement for people trying to gain skills while they're there.

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

    Great Company

    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart people, challenging work, good management, and excellent perks and compensation make this a great place to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes hubris can be a problem - people assume that of course what we do will be the best, because we're Google.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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