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Updated June 19, 2015
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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. I wish I still worked there!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Partner Success Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Partner Success Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Super fun work environment, great meals.

    Cons

    Roller skates at work weren't necessarily encouraged.

    Advice to Management

    Hire me back!


  2. Senior consultant for packaged software solutions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Google

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunities in a big company

    Cons

    extensive traveling causes a difficult work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Open more dialog with senior management and ground level employees


  3. good company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Developer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Google

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

    Pros

    Nice city, arround the lake, everyone's super nice

    Cons

    Not much to say about it

    Advice to Management

    good


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Awesome place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    As a leader in software industry, this company gives you achievement and makes you excited about the things you are doing. It provides you with various kinds of training. You have a chance to learn skills in different fields, which is very helpful for your development.

    Cons

    I don't see there are any obvious drawbacks. This company has a good work/life balance and provides learning opportunities internally. Maybe a pity is that time is too short to consume what the company provides you with every day.


  6. Helpful (29)

    Treatment varies greatly depending on full time or contract status. Not as good as it appears to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Technical Solutions Specialist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Technical Solutions Specialist in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Free food and snacks
    - Great computer equipment and supplies
    - Desks where you can stand or sit (although not everyone had one)
    - Library, patio, and areas to lounge
    - Gym, exercise room
    - Unique office environment
    - Well documented tools

    Cons

    - Be wary of people that bring gifts like free food, there is usually a catch. (Company tries to create an environment in which employees never leave. By trying to turn work into "home", employees do not learn to take care of themselves and be on their own.)
    - Work days are very slow to start and late to finish ie: 9am - 6pm. I'm accustomed to 8am-4:30pm or 5pm. I like to have *some* daylight when my work day is finished.
    - No flex time for contractors.
    - No benefits
    - Pay is "average" or "below average" depending on whether you are full time or contractor
    - Many employees at Google are contract employees. These people have no benefits. (All the free food in the world does not make up for the lack of a pension plan, dental coverage, stock options, or other "real" monetary benefits etc.)
    - Contract employees are used and discarded, and kept separate from full time staff
    - Contract work does not lead to full time positions
    - Contractors cannot stay for more than one year before having to leave the company
    - My manager worked remotely and was usually not present
    - Daily team stand-up meetings were frequently cancelled.
    - Employees in the same room communicate through IM rather than face to face. Isn't it faster to talk than to type?
    - Skills gained are not transferable because Google uses its own proprietary software and tools.
    - Opinions and suggestions are not welcome.
    - Employees spent code reviews nitpicking about having too many program comments. That's right: comments *about* comments!
    - Employees are dismissed? without notification. ***

    ***My badge was deactivated this morning and nobody has contacted me since! I have no idea whether I'm still an employee at Google or not. It has been 10 hours. I have never seen a situation like this before. It is outrageous. I still have personal belongings in the office.

    Advice to Management

    Try being in the building to manage employees.

    Treat contract workers like people rather than as objects to be used and thrown away.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great company to intern at!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Intern - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Fun corporate culture
    - Competitive pay
    - Amazing people
    - Challenging work
    - Good work-life balance
    - Plenty of opportunity to travel
    - Free food!

    Cons

    - Very demanding
    - High expectations
    - Stressful

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  8. Helpful (1)

    pretty good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    not much, except it's competitive


  9. Helpful (1)

    Google

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Adwords Associate in Kitchener, ON (Canada)
    Current Contractor - Adwords Associate in Kitchener, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A typical day is 9-5 and the workplace is positive. The hardest part of my job is being recognized. The most enjoyable part of my job is the freedom the position gives me.

    Cons

    limited work/life balance, expected to work on paid holidays, little advancement opportunities, very competitive culture

    Advice to Management

    I don't konw


  10. Helpful (6)

    a very competitive and political atmosphere

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    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

    - very international team
    - nice office with good benefits (free food and lunch, gym)

    Cons

    - very high volume of work
    - very political;
    - talended people are not rewarded;
    - no careers opportunities
    - no life/balance (you need to go out every week to be promoted)

    Advice to Management

    - be human and fair


  11. A great place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Intern - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    - Great Culture
    - Good Pay
    - Amazing People
    - Many Learning Experiences
    - Real Responsibility
    - Free Food

    Cons

    - A lot to learn in 12 weeks



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