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Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Benefits, freedom, great coworkers, meritocracy

    Cons

    Not much but hiring bar is high and you need to keep performing

  2.  

    Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The whole hierarchy is very flat which is really great as you can talk to anybody with whom you have a topic to talk about. There are many very interesting people in the office.

    Cons

    There is a lot of internal technology within the company. This is great to do work inside but means than many skills are not transferable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Googley

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    The perks are really good

    Cons

    Politics can be a problem

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Google is very good company for SWEs.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Free food, googley people, good tools.

    Cons

    Way too complicated systems, small impact on the whole project.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    test engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    improvement , customer first , team work , integrity, training

    Cons

    demotivation, work of weekend , repeating ,salary, project subject

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    full of training for improment

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great internship program @ Google Switzerland

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Google Switzerland offers a spectacular program for interns--it has great people and a stellar atmosphere/culture, with all those promised perks that just make it better. It has great food, intern events, building themes and game rooms and music rooms, etc. Interns don't feel excluded from the normal Google operations, which makes the intern feel pretty much on par with some of the full-timers. At Zürich, you still get a start-uppy smaller company feel, except you always know that it's still linked to the HQ in Mountain View, so it doesn't feel like you're out of the loop, either. There are major teams with very Interesting projects in this office as well. Lastly, Zürich is probably the best office for any intern available, due to the high ratio of interns to full timers, and the super great diversity that the office brings in, being in the center of Europe. There are people of 70+ nationalities in this office, and it's an eye-opener and definitely not short of amazing.

    Cons

    It takes time to catch up to speed as a short-term intern. Sometimes you feel a little shy to speak up, especially if it's your first internship like it was for me. The company itself sometimes seems a little too lax in culture, promoting some lazy days. The "Google Fifteen" is also very possible, since there is free food for three meals on weekdays, though this is obviously a perk too. Also, you get the feeling that there is not too much advancement available for those who want to make it big, so for a full-time ladder-climbing job, Google is probably not the company!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    1. Working with some of the smartest people in the world on products used by millions.
    2. Great diversity of products you can potentially work on.
    3. Offices around the world, so you don't have to be in Silicon Valley.
    4. Very humane culture. E.g., you're encouraged not to work late and not to do email on weekends. Generous perks are another aspect of this.

    Cons

    1. Male/female ratio (although this is an industry-wide issue, and Google is working hard to address it).
    2. Design and product quality still not consistently high enough. However, they're very conscious of it and it's improving quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Smart People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You get to work with very smart people. Very good food. Good work life balance. Very beautiful, large campus in Mountain View.

    Cons

    At times can be overhead working on a large code base. Need to ensure your changes do not break anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome place with awesome people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    The smartest co-workers one could imagine.
    Great career opportunities.
    A positive environment.
    Great compensation.
    The best free food ever.

    Cons

    It's easy to lose track of what time it is. Make a point to leave earlier than you'd want, it'll help you in the long run.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome Company. Amazing to work in a high growth org with super smart folks.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Director in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    High growth - Immense opportunities
    Flexibility
    High quality benefits

    Cons

    You are IN or you are OUT. No middle ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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