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Updated January 9, 2018
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 310 reviews)

  • it's a big company so expect a little bit of admin work (in 272 reviews)

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  1. "Engineering Practicum Intern Summer of 2016"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Food was great and employees were genrally very nice and approachable.

    Cons

    At times keeping up with the (unspoken but implied) desire for "positivity" in employees and such was a tad draining.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of smart people amazing infrastructure

    Cons

    Competitive, hard to switch teams

  3. "Great"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    All good really. Best pack in the bus.

    Cons

    Some complex bonus. Difficult to get


  4. "Internship at Google"

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Cambridge, MA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team I interned at is great. I didn't expect that I would learn much more about not just coding, but also effective communication. There's a variety of intern activities. Googlers are very welcoming and open to questions. The work life balance is great.

    Cons

    I didn't experience anything negative but I do hear some intern didn't enjoy what they worked on. The experience depends on the matching team.

    Advice to Management

    There can be more training to the intern hosts.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Experience is highly team/project dependant"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    First off, you get to work on problems at huge scale. Even the simplest issues can become remarkably thorny and non-trivial at such scale.
    Second, Google has arguably one of the best developer tools in the industry. It helps you be many times more efficient than the average.
    Third, Google's hiring bar is very high; so your co-workers are often brilliant, and you are seldom slowed down by dependencies on other engineers/teams.

    Cons

    Google is large, and so each Product Area / Product / Team have their own sub-culture. You might fit well in some, and be a miserable in others. There really is no good way to tell.
    Having brilliant co-workers is a double-edged sword. This also implies a lot of competition for interesting projects, and the bar for getting a promotion is so high that it is not uncommon for people to get promoted for over 5 years or more.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great place, but not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's Google. Everybody knows the pros. They're all true. Free food, free full-service coffee bars, on-site massage, hair polishing, whatever. Lots of really really big systems to work on. You get to learn about some really cool stuff before the rest of the world.

    Cons

    The work environment can be very stressful. Open-office floor plans dominate. They set high-pressure expectations intentionally, to make people strive harder. If you have an anxiety disorder, this is *terrible* and you will not thrive here. Attempting any sort of disability accommodations process will become an N-way telephone game from hell.

    Advice to Management

    Learn about mental health. Learn about alternative management strategies. Don't assume what works for one employee will work for everyone. Advocate for your employees, especially when dealing with HR.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great job although your mileage will vary with your manager"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google is one of the better companies to work for. The fierce competition for top engineers means lavish perks and excellent work conditions.

    Cons

    Some manager are simply bad. Obstacles to getting your work done. Fortunately Google limits the damage a bad manager can do to your career.

  8. "Great office"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of on-site amenities
    - Good team
    - Working in the city is beneficial for being a part of the community

    Cons

    - Satellite office
    - Public transportation in Boston is basically a joke
    - Open office not for everyone


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Requests everything from you, but provides for all your needs :)."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart and hardworking people all around you, interesting projects. Unparalleled level of technical support for any possible needs. Fantastic benefits. In the end it's more of a lifestyle than just a workplace.

    Cons

    Pressure of going "up or out". Huge difference between working in Mountain View versus any other office.


  10. "Google Shopping Express"

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    Current Employee - Store Operator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Store Operator in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary rate per hour
    Flexible Shifts
    Uniforms provided by the company at non cost.

    Cons

    Contract is limited so no possibility to get hired permanently.


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