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Pros
  • Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams (in 140 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is extremely hard (in 122 reviews)

  • Big company so it takes time to know who's doing what (in 93 reviews)

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  1. Very good company to grow yourself and your life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Staff Quality Control in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Contractor - Staff Quality Control in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very quick change every kind of work. You can grow your professional skills among great people and get the great benefit in this world.

    Cons

    There are too mach change through a job. I would hesitate to recommend you if you hope routine work. Too mach changes may create Google.

    Advice to Management

    Just enjoy working with awesome people and creating great products and service for contributing to the world.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Don't be evil"? "Googley"? All hype.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Free food and snacks
    - Flexible work hours
    - Great office equipment and supplies
    - Brand name

    Cons

    - Hostile work environment
    My "Googler" peers totally ignored my existent. I was not invited to lunch nor their home parties they *loudly* talk around me, and was not even talked to (if I try to join their chat, they would quickly opt out). People would bring gifts like cookies to everyone in my area, but me.

    - Discriminatory against non-FTEs
    Contractors are not invited to most team or company events like TGIFs, off-site meetings, or corporate parties. You are constantly reminded that you are not really a part of the team, just a disposable human resource to do the job until you expire and discarded. Google has a policy that Contractors cannot stay for more than one year.

    - Limited career opportunity
    Contract work does not lead to full time positions, even though you do exactly the same job as Googlers and outperform them. You have more chance if you have good political skills. Getting promoted among smartest people itself is hard enough, and it seemed mean and/or politically savvy people tend to get promoted.

    - Bureaucratic
    Google is a huge corporation now. My opinions and suggestions were always attacked by my Googler peers as if they say "What the hell does the temp know?". If I try going the extra mile, my Googler peers would ask me "Is that your job?".

    Sorry, but Cons far exceed Pros overall.

    I came in very excited, thinking that I got my foot in the door for a wonderful career at the the best company to work for on the earth, but left very disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    You don't even know I was there.


  3. Good internship experience that helps me learned a lot!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Tokyo (Japan)

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good work environment and atmosphere.
    2. Flexible working time.
    3. Nice and smart colleagues.

    Cons

    Not much. Some problems that big companies always have.

    Advice to Management

    More communication between interns and the whole team.


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  5. SMB full time

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment is amazing!

    Cons

    Not a great place for business students

    Advice to Management

    The working environment is great


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great job, hard to navigate career or transfer internally.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Tokyo (Japan)

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Perks
    Stable job
    Great people
    Flexibility in hour
    Office
    Resources

    Cons

    Commute sucks if you are in SF
    Compensation not competitive if you are outside of MTV
    Internal transfer is way too hard
    Difficult to navigate career path
    Internal politic can get a bit much
    Performance management are difficult for people outside of SWE ladder


  7. Helpful (5)

    Google Tokyo

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people everywhere.
    Work in Tokyo, but without the bureaucracy of a typical Japanese company (no timecards! no fax machines!).
    Salary very high for a Tokyo-based job.
    Work at a Google, but without all the commuting of the main HQ.
    Make things people actually use.

    Cons

    Smart people everywhere.
    Getting overcrowded. Perks, kitchens are worse than in other Googles.
    Office essentially segregates the engineers from the non-engineers (different floors), gives it a weird feeling.
    Harder to get promoted higher than senior in a non-MTV office.

    Advice to Management

    Expand your international offices, they're a competitive advantage against the other silicon valley giants.



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