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Updated May 22, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 279 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 236 reviews)

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  1. "Great Intern Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Intern community
    Inclusion from your team

    Cons

    Could be given more challenging tasks sometimes


  2. "Business Development"

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

    Pros

    Even after 7 years still very happy. The quality and calibre of colleagues, the informal work environment, benefits and flexibility offered are incredible.

    Cons

    Having grown so much bureaucracy has started to creep in. Google is no longer a start-up and while it tries hard, it's gotten slower over the years.


  3. "Ad Solutions Consultant"

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Development, Travel Opportunities, Managing Large Scale Businesses

    Cons

    Promotion cycle is very competitive. Constantly restructioning.


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  5. "Learning a lot and flexibility."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible times and work from home option. It's is also convenient that you have access to the cantina and gym.

    Cons

    Not a full time employee so no benefits and you are not able to access certain information so it makes your work sometimes challenging.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "In much more truely designer that the inspection complete to the technology."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I just need more experience about programer like details work some coding or describe configure about that.

    Cons

    Just if can be happen it must be challange to me as i can do finished yet.

    Advice to Management

    It maybe awesome to me because before this i cannot see the good enviroment company like google or microsoft in microchip factory already makes before i work.


  7. "Excellent workplace"

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    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart co-workers, Friendly atmosphere, Great perks and benefits

    Cons

    Company growing at fast pace and it has too many layers
    Can be a bit political


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Not what it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - In some markets (not the UK) Google pays well
    - Lots of opportunity, comes with being a big company
    - Perks and flexibility can still be excellent, depending on where you are

    Cons

    - Every single year is worse than the last, which severely taxes the morale.
    - Questionable decision-making, politicking, empire-building and corporate newspeak are the norm now.
    - In the past 2-3 years, process, bureaucracy and metrics took over. You will spend 50% of your time building slides and attending meetings.

    Advice to Management

    1) Enough with the American cultural imperialism. The world doesn't consist of white English-speaking nuclear families.

    2) If you insist on only being told things you want to hear you'll wake up one day and realize everyone has disengaged and/or found another job.

    3) Metrics, process and endless slide decks are no replacement for humans when making decisions that impact peoples' lives.

    4) This organization built its most successful products bottom-up. Stop turning it into a top-down clone of Oracle.

    5) It's fine to save money, but penny-pinching that prevents people being productive (cramming everyone into massive noisy open spaces and under-deploying amenities) is stupid.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dynamic workplace, but overly competitive and too much focus on flashy projects over actual value"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industry Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Industry Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic range of perks and benefits
    A broad range of very talented colleagues from different backgrounds - great networking potential
    Opportunity to learn, and to move into one or more of many diverse fields
    Very robust learning and development programs, covering both professional and personal areas

    Cons

    Analytical roles within Sales are badly managed - data analysts managed by non-technical stakeholders
    Very competitive calibration and performance review process, with too much focus on "big" projects regardless of the actual value delivered
    Overly bureaucratic systems and organisations; very difficult to find the correct person or team that can action what you need; constant requirement to fill out various shared collaborative spreadsheets that serve no long-term function
    Constant rotation of staff (average role turnover time: 1 - 1.5 years) means clients aren't really getting the best quality account and sales management

    Advice to Management

    Try to encourage staff to stay in roles for longer - clients are incredibly frustrated by constant turnover of personnel learning on the job. Take a lead from traditional advertising: long-term client relationships work for a reason.
    UK data analyst roles absolutely NEED to be managed by data-oriented stakeholders. I knew this while I worked there and it has become 1,000x more obvious to me since moving to actual Business Intelligence departments at other organisations and being managed by extremely talented data analysts. For a data-centric organisation, Google UK's data expertise in Sales is sorely lacking and it is purely due to Industry Analysts effectively training and managing themselves.


  10. "Great company, great people"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting company, tons of opportunities, amazing people.

    Cons

    Can become overwhelming at times


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting but be careful with New Business Sales (NBS) for Ads products"

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

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

    Pros

    Google brand and innovation.
    Super smart colleagues, young, collaborative, and very fast-paced.
    Powerful sales tools at your disposal to sell ads.
    Benefits: free 5 star food, high spec gym, free massage, incredible offices, and personal benefits too.
    You really feel part of a bigger cause at Google and a sense of pride.

    Cons

    Lack of work-life balance in new business for Ads.
    Aggressive numbers-oriented sales environment.
    EMEA New business for ads is churn and burn environment.
    Sales policies that stop you from selling.
    Saturated market.

    Advice to Management

    Be patient. Hire external managers. Sort out the ramping period for newbies.


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