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Updated December 12, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 309 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 271 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Apprentice"

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

    I worked at Google (More than a year)

    Pros

    - free food, gym, massages and more
    - great environment
    - great people
    - opportunity to grow and learn

    Cons

    - you might end up spending all your time at work because you have everything you need & only going home to see family and change clothes!!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Recruiter"

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment, extremely capable colleagues, world class offices, amazing benefits, exciting projects, big focus on diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    Wrestling with how to maintain culture whilst growing as a business, more process being implemented as company scales meaning loss of agility.

  3. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Solutions Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Solutions Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture, awesome benefits, awesome total compensation.

    Cons

    Becoming a really big corporation with all the problems derived from it.


  4. "Possition review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    can work from home most of the time

    Cons

    low salary, outdated technologies used


  5. "People genuinely care"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You feel like you're at a company that is actively shaping what the world will be like in the future. And with people who genuinely care about you as a person, and not just another employee.

    Cons

    Not every job here is shaping the future, and as the company has grown, it's fallen into common large corporate company pitfalls: useless admin, more entrenched hierarchy, less consumer focus.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up. Non engineering side of the business doesn't move anywhere near as quick as it should.


  6. "Creative Writer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Creative Writer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Creative Writer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, people, gym, food, talks

    Cons

    People are highly strung, don't want to admit when they don't know something

    Advice to Management

    Don't be condescending


  7. "fun tech and great scale, but not all roses"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some very smart, driven and effective colleagues is very engaging.

    The scale of work (big) is very motivating. Most clients or campaigns or businesses partners are the tops in their respective industries. As such you're more likely than not to work with big budgets, large user figures, and hot technology.

    Corporate benefits are everything you've read -- top-notch health, pension and perks. Pay can tend to be at or slightly below market though.

    Cons

    In the Ads professional services department the work can be downright uninspiring. There are plenty of segments like this within Google which offer nothing special from any other company in the industry. For instance, if you don't work in something hot like Deepmind, Hardware or, say, Maps, you may find it very difficult to get excited about the work.

    There is no shortage of over-qualified people sitting in positions which under-utilise their skills.

    The company purports to be data-driven, but compared to say Amazon -- in the Ads professional services department -- it is not.

    Advice to Management

    Even post Alphabet/Google split the company still feels very big and, increasingly, bureaucratic and difficult to navigate. My advice to management is that they should put more emphasis on building smaller departments and within those departments to strive for excellence. Those departments also need an identity more specific than just Google [department name]. Nest is a good example of this. Wildfire was a good example. Some parts of Google Shopping were.

  8. "Be prepared for change!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Booster in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Booster in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diversity, Incentives, Laid Back, Understanding and Free Food!

    Cons

    Poor training, high staff turn-over, unrealistic targets.

    Advice to Management

    Training needs to be done gradually and properly, as the mistakes are piling up.


  9. "Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * tech talks
    * smart and insightful people
    * knowledge
    * impact
    * good benefits
    * flexibility (time and career choices)

    Cons

    * low compensation (in UK)
    * political
    * lack of documentation
    * burnouts
    * teamplay is penalized in favor of individual contributions
    * mistakes are a big no-no


  10. "SMB Partner Marketing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    Please read other less that excellent reviews, they are entirely true.

    Great place for junior people who are fresh out of university and can work work work and be treated like juniors and then leave.
    Great place for entry level people or for senior level managers who thrive on politics.
    Free food, nice office, apple laptop, friday drinks, opportunity to relocate IF you ever get converted to a regular employee.

    Cons

    -If you are a structured, professional and experienced person, go for a company with more experienced people who can appreciate your value and not make you do assistent transactional tasks and micro manage you.
    -They treat senior level people as juniors especially if they are contractors.
    -Contractors do not have the same rights or perks as Google employees.
    -Management is very cut throat and bureacratic and if you don't kiss up you are looked down on .
    -People talk behind your back and spy on what you do
    -Most of senior management spend their time doing ppt's for the US leadership and don't care about your problems .
    -Food is free and plentiful, but it's downright tasteless or horrible.
    -Your creativity and skills are hardley appreciated, you are just a "minion" doing tasks you are told and proactiveness is not encourages, or appreciated, you just do what you are told and that's it.
    -Senior level managers take working from home but contractors are discouraged, even on Christmas ( depends on the team I am sure).
    -Contractors are not Googlers and they are not afraid to make a differentiation
    -Work comes first so if you are sick, you just have to do the job...
    - The the attitude of micro-managing was toxic ..which is exactly why I left
    -If you have a personal life, and your co-workers ware not your besties you are just categorised as "not fitting in".
    -I had to explain to my manager what "work-lif balance " is...
    -They warn you not to put on social media you are a Google employee, so they make it very clear that as a contractor you are nota Google employee...( people who work there for longer time they all put Google as their company on Linkedin without issues)

    Advice to Management

    -Progress people for their true value
    _appreciate proactiviy & professionalish
    - stop it with the start-up atmosphere and boasting, Google is just a big corporation with good branding but it's all coming undone at one point
    - don't step on prople if they prove to be over achieving just to keep them in line.
    - Don't micromanage, if you hire someone, then don't act like you don't trust their abilities.
    - Respect your employees and give them the same rights as senior managers,
    -treat people with kindness expecially talented and hard working ones.
    -Be considerate of your empoyees

    If you read other reviews you will see some trends going on be sure you make a rational decision .


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