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  • 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)

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  • 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. Tough Business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Google (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very fast paced workplace, lots to do and often times it was exciting with lots of ever changing challenges

    Cons

    Difficult workload, unsupportive management, along with technical equipment that malfunctioned and wasn't replaced as there wasn't any funds

    Advice to Management

    Hire more cooperative on board staff, a wo


  2. Helpful (3)

    Surprisingly corporate with inexperienced management - not the Google of the past

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    1. Great resources. 2. Great office environment and perks. 3. Great colleagues. 4. Prestigious to have on your CV and opportunity to take a peek behind the curtain.

    Cons

    1. Felt like working for a large corporate with too many processes and red tape (like working for Microsoft). 2. Google talks about hiring people who have lots of general skills or 'General Athletes'. This works well with a smaller business but as you get bigger this makes it harder to adapt people into specialist / newer areas. Staffing therefore are expected to take a 'talent grab' approach. 3. Lots of smart people trying to work out what to do as they don't have specialist sector experience and were employed previously for just being smart. 4. Political. 5. Lots of people forcing themselves to be overly friendly in sometimes an embarrassing way due to fear of not being 'Googley enough'. 6. Lots of people feeling scared that if their voices don't get heard they will be forgotten or lose their jobs/contracts (lots of exhibitionists). 7. See above; lots of people wanting to be center of attention. 8. Lots of people trying to 'force innovation' in an way that seems a little old fashioned ("Let's collaborate and innovate!!") 9. Big company culture and therefore feeling of isolation. 10. Some very junior managers who don't know what they are doing. 11. Lots of people being smug about working for Google and openly talking about "How smart we are...". 12. Lots of people feeling insecure and guilt about working at Google as they don't feel they are good enough ("Impostor Syndrome"). 13. Lots of people who have been at Google for many years who are holding onto power and more than happy to push the 'flat culture' concept as it ultimately helps reinforce their own position. 14. Lots of 'Stars' employed but with no-where for them to go! Culture is flat and therefore lots of competition for internal roles but with great comp/bens hard to leave. Lots of other great - smaller - businesses that have great products and great perks/offices. Google isn't the cool business it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about allowing everyone to be 'themselves' and actually let them. Too much unconscious bias with team fit is creating a homogeneous culture. Start specializing with skills and stop trying to be a start-up as it definitely doesn't feel like one! Stop with the arrogance. There are great companies out there who are a better places to work than Google (where you can have more impact, make great products and earn well).


  3. Helpful (3)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Good perks, good salary, some interesting technologies

    Cons

    Too dependent on US so many evening video calls. As a large company, there are many teams and the quality of work and management varies between the teams.

    Advice to Management

    Work out better ways to make London less dependent on MTV.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great, but nepotistic company

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    Former Employee - Former Employee
    Former Employee - Former Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, supportive colleagues, lots of learning, great use of technology, fast paced and never boring.

    Cons

    No matter how hard you work, if you're a contractor they give you the feeling.. And no matter how great you are, if you're applying for a permanent job within the company, for which a family member of Google employee is applying too, there's no chance for you. Been there.. Experienced it.. Totally nepotistic, yet will lie in your face, stutter and blush when you tell them you know why the other person was hired instead of you.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate and prioritise those who have showed you a great hard work already instead of prioritising external candidates who haven't showed anything yet..


  6. Helpful (3)

    Strategist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Perks + Benefits, good compensation - Casual Working culture and still relative flat hirarchy - Colleagues and Teams - Work cross-functionally and globally

    Cons

    - Strong Performance Pressure with quarterly reviews, ratings that measure performance numerically and meticulously, and the need to over-perform for three consecutive quarters to even be considered for a promotion. Can lead to very slow career progression. - Lots of leg work and operations, often you manage chaos and company politics rather than make things happen - Lots of launches means a lot of overtime - Very ambitious and very competitive colleagues and shift culture towards having to put in a lot of extra hours and extra effort - Lack of diversity (everyone is an over-achiever coming from similar personal and professional backgrounds, both in business and on the engineering side)

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to your roots, hires from management consultancies and big band names are changing the culture currently. They should adopt to Google, not the other way round. Hire more diverse talent from different backgrounds, hire for talent and attitude. Focus on better work-life balance.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to be, but lots of politics and pay isn't competitive

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    Current Employee - Accpunt Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accpunt Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place, amazing benefits, good perks, strong company culture. You work with very smart people, which makes it an amazing place to learn the basics of the media industry

    Cons

    Extra competition, people are very smart and may use their brains to get ahead of you. Pay is too low for junior levels, impossible to live well with that salary in London.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being politicians, in the UK promotions are only based on internal visibility rather than good client work.


  8. Fun place to be

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Bright people all around you

    Cons

    Too much focus on some individuals


  9. The true reality of Google's "Promised Land"

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    Current Contractor - Partner Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Partner Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance (you can practically work anywhere in the office without feeling micromanaged). Have the say that the perks at Google are what keep people here -- free breakfast, lunch and gym.

    Cons

    My experience has been that unless you start your career at Google, it is very difficult to come into this work place and be seen as an added-value team member. In fact, I found that as a contractor, you are looked down upon as admin support as opposed to someone who can actually bring some outside experience and perspective to the team. My general experience has been that Google can be a bit clicky and that it is tough to build relationships with people ( even if you are a naturally social person). Another down side was the surprise that salaries were quite lower at Google than are at most other places with similar job roles.

    Advice to Management

    Identify talent early and keep those who truly bring value to your business.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Interviewed at Google

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google is the best company in the world and its a pleasure to work there

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons, I think there are no cons at all


  11. Helpful (7)

    Not what it looks like

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - smart people - free food - you learn a lot - opens all doors - nice and eductational atmosphere - you can leave the office whenever you feel like having a break

    Cons

    - bad mid management - even worse team-leads. Either they are super good or super bad. - trainings are all internal and with G-products, so conveying certain skills to other non-Google related are difficult

    Advice to Management

    Before promoting someone to team lead check if they are 'really' qualified



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