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Google Mountain View Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 294 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 253 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer() in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer() in Mountain View, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Food is great and the people you work with are excellent. The coding environment makes contributing pretty straightforward and there are lots of resources like internal classes to help you succeed

    Cons

    You can feel like a small part if something very big and don't feel like you make that much of an impact


  2. "One of the best places to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Hundreds of projects if different areas, everyone can find something cool to work on. Very nice coworkers and atmosphere, challenging tasks and opportunity to make huge impact.

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels like it's too big - communication between teams can take too long.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, terrible manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hiring Innovation Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Hiring Innovation Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - lots of opportunities to grow and learn
    - great coworkers
    - beautiful working environments
    - amazing pay/benefits/perks
    - good job security

    Cons

    - hard to drive meaningful impact, especially in POPs
    - excessive weight placed on academic credentials in personnel decisions
    - training for people managers is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Effective management isn't a skill most people innately possess, and it's not something taught in grad school. So my advice to management is:

    - stop auto-promoting PhD's - they're often unprepared for people leader roles
    - promotion should be based on experience, competencies and skills
    - training for people managers/leaders should be greatly enhanced
    - training for people managers/leaders should be mandatory for ALL managers

    BONUS:

    OKRs connect individual results to BU (e.g. POPs) results, but that always felt limiting to me. After all, I didn't join Google just to help move People Operations forward! I wanted to help the broader company succeed, and that line of sight is hard to see in an organization so large. The OKRs could help with that - but reconfigure them so that individual results are mapped out to Google/Alphabet's results (not just the BU).


  4. "Intern"

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

    I worked at Google (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very flexible and relaxed workplace. As long you get your work done, there are no hard deadlines or people looking over your shoulder.

    Cons

    The pace is slower than at a smaller company, which makes sense. There is a rigorous code review process, etc., to maintain quality.


  5. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with incredibly smart people on big problems.

    Cons

    Can be hard to communicate across teams

    Advice to Management

    More focus on maintaining products, it should not be bad for your career to focus on maintaining an existing product instead of launching a new one.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay, bad politics."

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    Current Employee - Design Coordinator in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Design Coordinator in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Cool company culture.
    -Free food.
    -Fun activities.

    Cons

    -Class divide between contractors and full time employees are obvious and can make contractors feel like second class citizens.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the work that your contractors do. I would recommend more sensitivity training for full time employees when dealing with contractors. Contractors do not enjoy the same benefits that full timers do and it's not always dealt with in the best way.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great training ground for PMs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really enjoyed having strong product leaders and mentors to learn from. They were diligent in teaching me the ropes for how to write good PRDs and crafting user requirements.

    Cons

    Because it is now a rather large company, there is the customary politics that come with the territory. This becomes a bit transparent during perf time (which is the twice-annual promotion/bonus assessment time).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build your talent capital, as Google has solidified its brand for having employed some of the best and the brightest. Don't fall prey to the politics that has engulfed some of your earlier competitors.

  8. "Great place for interns"

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    Former Intern - Google EP in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Google EP in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Really nurturing workplace environment, especially for first-time interns. I felt supported but not coddled, and empowered to do my best work.

    Cons

    Hard to get outside of the bubble when Google gives you all your meals, shuttles you, etc. It's a pro that they give these things, but it doesn't encourage you to learn self-sufficiency or independence -- you have to motivate yourself to get there.


  9. "Video Production Specialist - Contractor Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Video Production Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Video Production Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely a surreal experience at first, but definitely challenges you to push your talents. And of course it's not bad to have Google on your resume

    Cons

    You may learn the hard way that it depends on the group/project you are working on. After 2 full years of a positive experiences and praises, I did receive solid impressions of potentially being converted to a full-time employee. Unfortunately that did not happen due to unwise decisions by my departments leadership and a couple of re-orgs within one year. At least with my team, I felt like they would ramp up in hiring FTE's vs really making an investment in contractor who work hard and make a positive impact with their talent. For specialized visual creatives, it's definitely hit-or-miss.

    Advice to Management

    Please recognize the creative contractors more for the positive impact they have on the business.


  10. "Limited opportunities as a contractor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Business Development in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Business Development in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks are awesome and flexibility

    Cons

    Limited opportunities for growth


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