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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. Googley

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The perks are really good

    Cons

    Politics can be a problem


  2. Helpful (1)

    Awesome Company. Amazing to work in a high growth org with super smart folks.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Director in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High growth - Immense opportunities Flexibility High quality benefits

    Cons

    You are IN or you are OUT. No middle ground.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent


  3. Software Engineer Intern

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good food Good working hours Great culture cool environment Great work colleagues Great perks

    Cons

    It was sometimes hard to meet individuals from my background who could relate to my struggles during orientation.At some instances I was so frustrated with the company infrastructure


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  5. Fulfilling experiene

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for work. Awesome food and people

    Cons

    none that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - interesting work - good salary - many fringe benefits - flexible working hours - free unlimited phone service - consistent schedule - Open communication - good work life balance - green company that cares about the environment

    Cons

    - none i can think of

    Advice to Management

    Continue to empower you employees, it makes a difference. Also, don't sell out for the highest bidder if it means the new company will destroy what we have built.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to acquire skills and social circle for starting your own business

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great insight into the high-quality software development process. First class experience in the design of the reliable and robust cloud services. Smart and creative coworkers.

    Cons

    Poor career growth opportunities: 1) too few steps in the career ladder; 2) convoluted promotion process. As the company is instantly growing, problems in the inter team communication become more visible. Technologies used inside Google in the wide majority of cases are not available externally.


  8. Awesome place to work with incredibly talented colleagues

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Immensely diverse and talented workforce, fantastic perks and working conditions. It feels like the most global company in the world. As an employee of Google you feel that you're in the center of the biggest innovations happening right now, and if you're are self-motivated and diligent you will be able to accomplish a lot in this company.

    Cons

    As the company gets larger and larger there's lot of red tape to deal with, and more levels of management are placed up the ladder.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Most awesome place I've ever worked

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Manager in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food - they keep us well fed with only the best and healthiest People - this is by far the biggest asset of the company. The high hiring bar maintains the high standards, and despite a people crunch they'd rather not hire at all, than lower the bar. Ethics - the company is awesome at doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Competitive - what you get when you hire A-types. Career path not always available due to staffing/headcount/growth/project location


  10. Helpful (15)

    Great people and technology with fair amount of internal problems.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and talented engineers. Great people overall: very passionate about what they do and generally very dedicated to the job and their employer. Very cool technology at an incredible scale on the infrastructure side. It's a great machinery. Ability to see all code and work on anything you want, at least as a 20% project.

    Cons

    Working from outside Mountain View can be tough: from late hour meetings, to generally having at least 20% less influence/impact than you'd have if you were in Mountain View, especially on the making decisions side and driving projects. Fair amount of politics and fighting for key projects, bad co-ordination between teams working in similar areas. The occasional suck-up and getting promoted if you're vocal. But I wouldn't say that's the norm though. Low salaries compared to quality of people and hard work done. High difference in salaries depending on where you came from and how good you were at negotiating them. Very unscrupulous at negotiating everything when it comes to money (from salaries to anything else). Very unscrupulous at using their brand and positive image advantage to the maximum in such negotiations. They treat you like you always have to give something up from your side for the privilege of working with / for them.

    Advice to Management

    Make Google a truly distributed company. Treat employees fairly when it comes to compensation.



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