Want A Job At Google? Here’s What You Need To Know

Want A Job At Google? Here’s What You Need To Know

2011-01-27 15:14:43

With Google expected to hire 6,000 people, many of you may be asking: “Could Google be the next place for me?” and “How do I get a job at Google?”

As Alan Eustace, Google’s SVP of Engineering and Research wrote on the company blog, “We’re looking for top talent—across the board and around the globe—and we’ll hire as many smart, creative people as we can to tackle some of the toughest challenges in computer science.”

He adds, “There’s something at Google for everyone…That’s why the vast majority of our people stay with us, building their careers and taking on new challenges within the company.”

We wanted to put that to the test and find out from other Google employees what they like about their job and employer, as well as  some of the downsides, to help provide people who are serious about an opportunity with  the Internet powerhouse see both sides of the coin.

In this report, we show how Google is rated by employees in different office locations, how salaries for different job titles compare and what employees have to say about working at Google.

How Employees Rate Google

Overall, it appears employees at several locations are satisfied working for Google. We did note that there are some slight variations within the overall company rating, and we looked deeper into the ratings to see how several offices compared when it comes to satisfaction with career opportunities, work/life balance and more.


When it comes to eight different workplace factors, there are definite variances between offices. For example, employees in the Los Angeles office rate satisfaction with career opportunities a 3.7 (satisfied), while the Dublin, Ireland location rates them 3.2 (OK). The L.A. office also receives the highest ratings in three other categories, including compensation & benefits (4.2), senior leadership (4.2) and fairness & respect (3.7). However, if it’s work/life balance and employee morale that you treasure most, the London office may be the place for you. Employees here provide the highest ratings in both of these categories, 4.3 and 4.6 respectively. If you value recognition & feedback, senior leadership and fairness and respect the most, you might want think carefully about the New York office – employees here designate each category as “OK.”

It may be no surprise to hear, considering Google has been a Best Place to Work in Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards three years running, that no matter the office, employees think the company is ‘OK’ or better. In other words, on average no one is dissatisfied working there.

What Google Employees Earn

Below is a sampling of jobs at Google and insights on the average base salary and bonuses. Not only do the average base salaries come well above the national average salary for most Americans (BLS reports average annual salary in the US is $43,460), but the bonuses appear to be pretty generous as well.

What Google Employees Have to Say

Pros of working at Google

“Peers are sheer geniuses in their realm, very low amount of low performers…AWESOME annual bonus.” – Google Corporate Operations Engineer (Mountain View, CA)

“Many events and theme days make going to work fun and it’s really much more than your average company.” – Google employee (London, UK)

“There has been a lot of work on addressing past weakness with career development through more manager training, more developed mentorship programs, and more talks / transparency on the performance review process.” – Google Software Engineer (Seattle, WA)

“A wonderful employer, with a very good compensation package and equity grants program, awesome perks (gourmet quality free food, wonderful support from facilities staff) and great growth opportunities.” – Google Senior Software Engineer (Zurich, Switzerland)

“People are friendly, intelligent, honest, and genuinely concerned about the user experience above all else.” – Google Associate (Mountain View, CA)

Cons of working at Google

“Lots of internal procedures are always changing and often confusing; not enough hierarchy; difficult to maintain a balance with so many things going on at once,” – Google Software Engineer (New York, NY)

“Can’t get anything done, so much red tape. As a Recruiter you are really just a paper shuffler and Hiring managers rule the roost so if they are incompetent then your hands are tied and there is no way to be successful.” – Google Leadership Recruiter (Mountain View, CA)

“Google isn’t a place for long term career planning. After a point in time you are stuck, and your role leads you no where.” – Google Product Manager (Hyderabad, India)

“Google is fighting the ‘law of large companies’, and is doing pretty well but there’s a certain inevitability afoot too: Over the four years I’ve been there, I’ve noticed scaling back of perks (and also at times a sickening culture of employee entitlement), a steady rise of red tape to run a scalable service in the production environment, a certain amount of stiff corporate speak and a uptightness over branding, image, and in some cases (though definitely not all) an aversion to risk taking has to some extent dampened my enthusiasm a little bit. Still an amazing place to be though.” – Google Senior Software Engineer (Mountain View, CA)

“Sometimes it can take too long to be promoted or get where you want to go. Company is also turning more corporate away from the start up mentality.” – Google employee (London, UK)

Still thinking Google is the place for you? Check out what jobs they have open.

If you land an interview, let us know how it’s going by sharing an interview review on Glassdoor. And if you make it through the gauntlet of interviews and accept a job at Google, come back and share a company review and salary report so you can help pay it forward for the other job seekers out there who’d like to land a spot at the company too.

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