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Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

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


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Do no evil? Guess not..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    Free to do random stuff

    Cons

    Focus on academics means lack of proper direction
    It's all changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some great people, rather than the phd's who pass your silly interview questions and then cant actually produce deliverables...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Google: change is needed to avoid complacency & loss of competitive edge

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Development Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    2 types of people that will find a great place to work: (1) recent college or B-school graduates looking for a first job where they can learn a lot, and (2) more senior corporate executives with many years of experience who aren't overly ambitious and are looking for a role where they can put life on auto-pilot and glide through their day-to-day activities.

    Cons

    There is no clear career progression, and senior management is arrogant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees based on achievements as opposed to favoritism by one's direct line manager. Ensure that rewards / bonuses / promotions are not entirely up to one person (ie the specific team manager), and instead need to factor in feedback and opinions that the direct line manager cannot overrule.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Horrible HR and way too many reorgs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Strategist in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free food, awesome trips organised by Google etc
    - mazing training resources such as "Googler to Googler" side project where you can teach what you know and sign up for classes where other googlers will teach you what they are good at.

    Cons

    Every 8 months a reorg will happen and you will have to rush to find another role. Hr will be absolutely useless and will not help in any way. If you like not having a job every six months, then you are in for a threat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people who work hard, not those who are your friends in a personal level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not what it looks like

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience, but all consuming

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I'll miss my team and the people the most, Google has done a great job in hiring over the years. The fast pace (for such a large company) is very exciting, and the autonomy (once you have proven yourself) is great for people who relish that. Also the values are strong and the ability to innovate and really push for new developments and advances in your role and function are really well supported

    Cons

    For people outside the US, increasingly becoming too US (well Valley) centric - aside from regional roles most of the interesting senior roles are based there, beware if you are in Europe or elsewhere globally. Drain of people moving there as the only means to further their careers. Also politics (as with any big company) is rife and silo's strong. Finally don't expect to have much of a life outside of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long term, need to build a more inclusive global strategy as concentrating in the Valley is an introspective approach for a major global player

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

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    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great perks (food, gym), great kudos.

    Cons

    Was not inspired by the work I was doing, there are lots of smart people doing very mundane jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push the interns harder.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great if you're an engineer, not so great if you're in UX or not in Mountain View

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, cool projects and great colleagues. You have to find the right project though, where the team does appreciate UX as that's not always the case. Manage that and you'll have a blast. Also great benefits (good pension, medical insurance plus things like gym membership, and of course free food) and a very decent salary.

    Cons

    Google doesn't really seem to understand UX. Design decisions are often made by committee and based on technology or what the VP likes. The UX designer then gets the job of painting the pixels. There's also little understanding of the different roles within UX (visual designer, interaction designer, researcher). I find the work very simple and repetitive do miss the more interesting bits of UX design (conceptual, strategical work)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Challenging

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    - Relaxed environment
    - Considerate to personal needs
    - Great benefits
    - Growing business

    Cons

    - Poor on boarding
    - In experienced work colleagues
    - Poor management
    - too many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great perks, mediocre career opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great benefits, this is the main reason people site for working at Google. My colleagues were fantastic and make my daily life at Google much happier.

    Cons

    Your job is generally dreadfully boring, so the good perks are the only thing you can really look for to. Once these are taken away I'm not really sure why someone would want to work there, usually perhaps you are an engineer.
    There is no real career growth at Google, because no one wants to leave, this forces the best talent to leave the firm prematurely while the good old boys keep their well paid jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve career prospects if you want people to stick around longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    very good company to work for. it gives you plenty of opportunity to build up an excellent career. good work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    it is the best work environment

    Cons

    it is geographically limited to italy

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