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Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Strategist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Analytics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great culture great offices excellent benifits people are fun and friendly

    Cons

    sometimes you just dont know where to go to get things done interview process was extremely long and drawn out

    Advice to Management

    think about the little people aswell as the the people with the high power roles.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Overall fantastic everything. Management, colleagues, other employees - all great.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Techstop Connect Technician
    Current Employee - Techstop Connect Technician
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, compensation, atmosphere, constantly working on new technology

    Cons

    Base pay is a little low, but that is due to the compensation package, such as free food (breakfast, lunch, dinner Monday through Friday), and many more perks.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Best place for work-life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Business Associate Intern
    Current Intern - Business Associate Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is people that quite similar to yourself. If you have any ideas, your team will support you instantaneously.

    Cons

    The biggest challenge is a huge flow of information and you should have ability to absorb this information as fast as you can in a quality dimension.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Alarming

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Junior Developer
    Former Intern - Junior Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work and gain experience as an intern. Good stepping stone to build a career in the industry.

    Cons

    No cons that I can remember at the moment. Although I do remember the pay not being too great at the time.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Be prepared to be challenged, pushed and work v hard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, travel, food (which is phenomenal), opportunities - placements, working on different projects across the company, being constantly challenged, needing to think - constructively, properly and sometimes really quickly, amazing colleagues who are similarly extremely smart, fast and challenging

    Cons

    You need to be prepared to work hard - your bonus, standing, salary etc are all predicated on you working hard and continuing to improve. You need to show you are a team player as well as an individual, so be prepared to take on extra work to make the grade. It's a large company, so you have to find ways to stand out. Don't expect much of a home life at times - when you're up against it, it's expected you'll stay there all hours.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. best work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -work environment -nice colleagues -good for your resume -nice salary

    Cons

    -too much distractions during working hours


  10. Great employer (Was an MBA intern)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - MBA Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Intrapreneurial - Ability to make a terrific impact in a short amount of time - Exposure to one of the best technologies - Treated fairly well and almost equal as employees

    Cons

    - Sometimes you may have to do projects that are not necessarily innovative or make the best use of your skills - Access to data that is needed for your job is hard to come by. It is always a constant struggle to convince the right folks to grant you access


  11. 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



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