Google Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Great people and a focus on culture makes for a unique experience

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    Current Employee - Industry Head in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Industry Head in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, they can attract and retain top talent which makes for a very engaging experience

    Cons

    As the company matures and acquires it's difficult to maintain a culture, new people from outside dilute the original work force

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not undervalue your sales force

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Google is awesome. You hear about how awesome it is, but when you start working there, you'd still be surprised.

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    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    The food is amazing. Management team is mostly rational, competent and nice to work with.

    Cons

    Long hiring process. This can also cause issues further down the track. ie if a team is understaffed, filling the headcount can take quite some time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. The tales of comfort and joy are true, but the work isn't always ground-breaking

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    * Glorious work environment. There are talented people for whom their full time job is just to make you happy.
    * Great benefits
    * Lots of smart people to learn from
    * Pretty good at being a meritocracy (for a corporation)
    * Your workplace is endlessly discussed on the internet

    Cons

    * Sometimes your job is just to shuffle data from one format to another
    * Sydney is an idiotically expensive city to live in. Despite the amazing compensation, I'd be more wealthy working for some small dev shop in another city.
    * People in remote offices sometimes live in fear of that office closing. Sydney seems pretty safe, though.
    * Your workplace is endlessly discussed on the internet

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to dogfood feedback! Stop only having offices in expensive places to live! Give people in REWS a pay rise!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place for an internship

    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    I found it was a relaxed, fun, and interesting place to do an internship. People were very knowledgeable and helpful, so it's a great opportunity to learn. Internally, a very open culture - builds a lot of confidence in the company for interns wondering where to go after university.

    Cons

    The perks (especially the free food) encourage people (especially interns) to stay longer hours. This can affect work-life balance, but staying late to get stuff done was never encouraged.

  6. 3 people found this helpful

    Best company to work for straight out of college

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    Former Employee - User Operation Strategist in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - User Operation Strategist in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Great company that offers many benefits and perks that really takes care of its employees. Always a fun enjoyable environment with smart, capable people. Many opportunities to explore and develop your skills.

    Cons

    Hard to develop your career further if you're hired into an entry level role, very difficult to move across job functions and ladders.

    Competitive and hard to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Well paid, great benefits, smart people, political environment

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    The office is full of young, smart & passionate people. There's lots of focus on career development and training. You're looked after very well in terms of benefits and comp.

    Cons

    The Sydney office has become increasingly corporate and there's plenty of office politics. It's great place for someone who is early in their career, however unless you love media sales it's a challenge to find the right role for those who are more advanced in their career.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. Lots of benefits and experienced gained.

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    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Google part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, plenty of colour around the office. Great company culture. No uniform required. Fast paced environment which helps to deliver good challenges.

    You also get opportunity to do what you want without too much supervision. This is something great about Google because you won't feel confronting at all.

    Cons

    It is better than being at home. Sometimes I'd consider it too good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, keep the culture going. It is brilliant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Long-Time Google Employee, Changes Over Time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, work-culture, work-life balance, perks, and transparency top down. There are lots of opportunities to share feedback both to management and to peers. Managers are constantly trained and developed so you mostly get to work with good people who get the culture.

    Cons

    Growth is extremely fast and we are beginning to see large-company issues and difficulty in moving roles internally due to changed expectations of experience which long time employees are often not exposed to. Also, poor performers are not dealt with correctly. There's a lot of leniency and sometimes, this can affect the entire team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Marketing manager

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The office is great. You get free meals/snacks, massages in the office, and a great work environment. There are also a lot of educational opportunities and trainings so you feel like you're always learning and growing as an employee.

    Cons

    Expectations are very high and people can be very competitive depending on your field. It can be stressful. In addition, it seems most people work round the clock and I found myself on email nights/weekends, not because I had to be, but I felt that it was the norm. It can take over your life a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend more fairly giving perf. It seems that the calibrations for people's final perf scores are based mainly on hitting a certain average for each team which can be very unfair.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Best job so far.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    Crazy perks. Relaxed atmosphere. Smart people.

    Cons

    Not invented here for pretty much all technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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