Google Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good work for hard-working people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Rewards for performance rather than according to position. Excellent learning possibilities internally as well externally even if not related to a role.

    Cons

    Working with lots of experienced professionals is a challenge itself. Be sure to be ready to work with competitive(in good way) people that challenge the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wide range of possibilities in taking time off of any kind. Constant emphasis on self development. If you want to be heard you will be heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great challenges, lots of opportunity to learn and grow, and an extremely cool culture.

    • 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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Very smart and nice colleagues.
    - Solve on problems on a completely different scale than other companies.
    - Lovely culture and great perks.

    Cons

    - Very Mountain-view-centric, especially at higher levels
    - Mountain view is a horrible place to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the growth in mountain view so it becomes less than all other larger offices.
    Spread senior management around into other offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best experience in my carreer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great projects and culture, plenty of nice and interesting people to work with, easy to get involved in whatever interests you.
    Also plenty of resources and supportive management which allows to be ambitious and still succeed.
    Perks are also great.

    Cons

    I can't imagine working somewhere else even for much more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Had the best time of my life.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Intern in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Did an internship as a Software Engineer at the London office and also had the opportunity to visit Mountain View.
    * My team was great, all super talented people from different areas (most of them Ivy-leaguers) - theoretical Physisists, CS folks, hardware specialists and even guys with background in social sciences - all of them software engineers, too.
    * The project was super interesting and meaningful and unlike other companies, Google has very good tutorials/material to get you up to speed in whatever you do.
    * The atmosphere is great. Awesome food and the little micro-kitchens make you feel very comfortable. But it's not only the food, most engineers are very outgoing and fun and the ones who aren't are good at heart.
    * Reputation. Google not only does great software but does what many other large companies fail to do: they conduct research in areas beyond their core business, in areas that are completely new, only to prove everyone wrong and show what can be done. Examples (just to name a few): - Google Fiber - Google Glass - Project Loon - Google driverless car. Personally, I find this super exciting.
    * Benefits. There's so many, even for interns! Don't know where to start. You can spend 20% of your time on a project of your choice. I did a 20% project with another intern, that was really fun.
    * Cool activities. The recruiters did a truly awesome job at organizing weekly fun activities (e.g. we watched "the Internship" before its original release in the cinema, flew to the Zurich office for the "intern summit", just to name a few ). And this in addition to all the other fun stuff happening every day.

    Cons

    * many people think high of themselves; but I guess this is normal in companies that hire the best, luckliy there's most people aren't like this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring awesome tech people. Maybe raise standards for technical questions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Still one of the best companies to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great work culture, amazing colleagues, excellent benefits and most importantly, really challenging work

    Cons

    After a while, you get too much pigeon-holed in to a specific role; Only x% of the people still do get to work on awesome open source stuff - everyone else works on a gaint, pretty much closed ecosystem, platform and tech stack wise.
    Also, the company is getting too big, a little outside of everyone's comfort zone; almost 0% work-life balance;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    while taking on more work looks good on your appraisal, a ton of actually doing it ends up on your team - just be aware of that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great mission, great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Worked at GOOG for 5 years, and best by far was the sense of purpose and mission the whole company has. When people talk about "values", it is usually meaningless, but at Google, people have real discussions about the values the company exhibits and espouses (including the much ballyhooed "don't be evil"). The dialog is incredibly open and any argument for/against a course of action based on those values is immediately respected and seriously considered. People are brilliant, structure and compensation is excellent.

    Cons

    The benefits entitlement can be chaffing. How many times I have heard people complain about the lines to get free stuff or the lack of "offsites" (fun days when you get paid but don't do any work) in the past 3 months.

    Internal politics can be difficult as some are incredibly good operators and some are allergic to politics and pander, so it often feels like an uneven playing feel. In engineering particularly, there are as many allergic managers so the effect is less, but in other functions, you often have to fight your corner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't compromise integrity for profit by revisiting good decisions and inching them toward bad ones, just keep looking for greenfield innovation and focus on that.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Triple A

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Partnerships  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Partnerships in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Challenging projects, great staff, good benefits

    Cons

    Slowly growing into a massive, more bureaucratic company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    One of the most intense learning experiences of my career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Release Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of very smart and knowledgeable people to feed your mind
    Highly collaborative
    Lots of opportunity for movement and growth — very easy to get involved in projects outside your direct purveyance

    Cons

    It's hard to have a life separate from work — the entire ecosystem is designed to make it more comfortable and compelling than home!
    Everyone I know who left tries to reinvent various versions of the internal tech they have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now the "small, less interesting project" purge seems to be over, maybe let people start to experiment with their ideas in 20% time, again?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best place to work in the industry right now, amazing people and brilliant culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Very cool culture, amazing people, offices to die for, some of the most innovative projects anywhere on the planet, flat organisation, leaders who understand the challenges facing the organisation, honesty, openness, trust, low turnover of people and a very active can do environment.

    Cons

    High growth challenges as the fast agile historic environment tries to deal with a growing workforce. Internal systems need attention and investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the startup atmosphere and keep busting bureaucracy, and don't let Google turn into IBM. Fix internal systems that slow us down and carry on the amazing work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Most awesome place to work at.., ever!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    working with incredibly smart people

    Cons

    having to work with incredibly smart people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    in contrast to pretty much every other company out there - don't change what you're already doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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