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Updated July 27, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 290 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 245 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work in."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good growth perspectives. Interesting work. Good pay in many offices.

    Cons

    Too little vacation in US.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Cloud Biz is foggy"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great/ smart people, great working environment, great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Lots of disruption- annual reorg, not much promotion opportunity particularly outside of MTV

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed feelings. Great office, a manager with people managing problems."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office has lots of perks and very nice to work in. Flexible hours, challenging tasks, lots of stuff to learn. Some nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Lots of politics, was pretty unlucky to get a very young manager with poor human skills.

    Advice to Management

    Choose managers more carefully.


  4. "Exceeded every one of my expectations"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation & benefits
    Interesting work with amazing people
    Awesome problems and scale
    Treat everyone with respect and trying hardest not to be/do evil

    Cons

    Have not found any yet - perhaps too new here.


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Avoid Google Cloud Field Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Google name, good perks and benefits, good base salary, nice offices

    Cons

    - You will not make your number unless you are personally connected with management and are given top accounts. The nepotism is the worst I have ever seen in my career. Certain managers are just openly favoring their friends.
    - Sales operations is not a mature operation. The CRM data is totally incorrect, payouts for deals often go to the wrong rep... literally a 50-50 shot that you will get paid on what you sold. Trying to get contract changes approved is a nightmare.
    Facts -
    - 10% of outside field reps on an individual number made their number last year. Many were not even close.
    - In my region there were two reps out of 20 over quota. Those two reps, of course, were handed accounts that would have been buying from anyone. All about which accounts you are handed.
    - The uplifts on quota are absurd. 100%, 150% increases over what that territory did last year. Unless you have a huge, new deal... and given the length of the sales cycle it will be a year or two if you are not handed an account, you will not hit quota. If people were shown how many reps missed quota last year and understood their chances of success coming in, they would have a difficult time recruiting people... and this is an opportunity to work at Google.

    Advice to Management

    You can't keep doing this to people. People come into to Google, generally giving up successful careers elsewhere, because they think they will be put in a situation where they will succeed given skill and a large effort. That isn't the case. Everyone knows that isn't the case. Given Google's reputation as an employer it is shocking. People Ops should really step in and say that this isn't the way Google is going to treat its employees, we're not going to set people up to fail.


  6. "Placesence surveyor"

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    Former Employee - Surveyor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Surveyor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good pay, good O.T Free food, Car (Rental), Gas, Free Shoes (up to $150 every 6 months) paid travel, reward point build up(gas,hotel,air fair). Make your own hours, work independently.

    Cons

    Horrible Health Benefits (through Adecco), No sick days, No Vacation Days, Long Period away from home (single mans job)

    Advice to Management

    give some vacation days and sick days, people get sick and should not have to suffer financially because they got the flu or injured them self.


  7. "Intern at IT department"

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    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Intern - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly competitive pay, awesome place to work

    Cons

    atmosphere too competitive, get ready to work very hard

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Principal Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality, intelligent people
    Laid back environment
    Work/Life Balance is sometimes in your control and how you set expectations with your clients

    Cons

    Seems like some of the old benefits are kind of going away
    Other companies are offering more money


  9. "Awesome!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome office (in chicago), super smart coworkers, great pay for the area.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons yet.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Google's Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, fun environment. I had a fun time, and would definitely recommend that anyone who can work there, should.

    Cons

    The work can be very boring at some parts. But that is just the nature of the job. I loved it, but that was the complaint that some of my coworkers had.

    Advice to Management

    I believe that Google has the greatest management on Earth. The people are great and I can't think of anything that they could improve on.


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