Google Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
2,476 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do no evil? Guess not..

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    • Career Opportunities
    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. 9 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.  

    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for less than a 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 3 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Free food, free gym, plenty of autonomy and perks. Interesting speakers come into talk and we can generally set our own times and get our work done to our own rhythms.

    Cons

    Interesting projects are hard to come by outside the US hub. There is a hierarchy even if they claim there isn't. Decisions take forever - everyone's opinion is valid, yet there are too many decision makers and no decisions. Promotion is more about who you know that what you did. You will work long hours - usually till 7pm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall good

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    • 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 a year

    Pros

    It is a fun place to work. Everybody is willing to teach you something new.

    Cons

    The company is a bit overwhelming

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great perks, training and compensation. Management structure can be good at times.

    Cons

    Progression can be arbitrary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had a blast

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

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

    Pros

    Working with smart people,
    Get to build cool stuff,
    Free food!

    Cons

    Work-life-inbalance is an issue. I guess they make it so good to stay there, that you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust those who are good at what they do. You've hired them for a reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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