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Google Mountain View Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2019

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  1. "Quite good company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You have a chance to work with some of the best software engineers around...

    Cons

    Some team are too much political...

    Google2019-07-14
  2. Helpful (2396)

    "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day. 2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc....

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    Cons

    1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down. I don't know if Google inadvertently hires...

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    Advice to Management

    1) Don't dismiss emotional intelligence and adaptive leadership. They're not just catch phases. You need great managers and leaders in order to build great companies and develop great employees. The people who may be brilliant at solving technical issues may not be (and are most often, not) the best candidates for management. 2) Do something about that work-ife balance. Don't just have a bunch of pow-wows and...

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    Google2013-06-21
  3. Helpful (543)

    "The best place I've worked and also the most demanding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You can't find a more well-regarded company that actually deserves the hype it gets. You'll work on cutting edge projects / solve important issues that impact your community and the world You'll meet interesting people who are your colleagues, managers, and senior management. You'll open the paper and see your company in the news almost every day, and read about projects you're working on, which is a cool thing...

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    Cons

    I live in SF so the commute can take between 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours each way on the shuttle - sometimes 2 hours each way on a busy day or rainy day. That means being on the bus for 3-4 hours PER DAY. It's a wired bus though which means you can work on the way to Mountain View. But it can feel brutal. Your first year or two are really important in terms of your career at Google and they affect how you're viewed, and...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep on NOT micromanaging - that is a huge benefit to Google. Most of us have a huge workload and we work in spikes and not chained to our desks, and we care deeply about producing, and we produce a lot. We can do that because you respect us enough to give us some freedom in how we do our jobs.

    Google2015-02-08
  4. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Overall compensation + vacation days

    Cons

    Very competitive. - work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.

    Google2019-07-13
  5. "Good place to work for"

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    Former Employee - SWE Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Good food and good people.

    Cons

    Can be a bit of office politics

    Google2019-07-13
  6. "Awesome Company with Perks"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Super awesome work culture and people

    Cons

    New bets lack the real Google culture

    Google2019-06-29
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern Placement is random at best. Ask potential managers alot of questions"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Experience, looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    You may or may not be placed on a good team.

    Google2019-07-09
  8. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities and smart co-workers.

    Cons

    You hit a barrier once reaching L5.

    Google2019-06-26
  9. "Inovative Team"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Always wanted to come into work

    Cons

    no th ing mu ch

    Google2019-06-25
  10. "Great engineering, very political"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great engineering, great teams, great benefits.

    Cons

    Anything to the right of Marx is political. Anything political is offensive.

    Advice to Management

    The vocal activist political faction will never be satisfied.

    Google2019-07-09
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