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Updated August 15, 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. Helpful (792)

    "Great balance between big-company security and fun, fast-moving projects"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * If you're a software engineer, you're among the kings of the hill at Google. It's an engineer-driven company without a doubt (that *is* changing, but it's still very engineer-focused).
    * The perks are amazing. Yes, free breakfast, lunch, an dinner every weekday. Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in the summer; summer picnics at Chelsea piers; and on and on and on. I don't see this going away unless the company starts hurting financially.
    * Speaking of which, the company is doing quite well, which reflects in bonuses and equity grants.
    * There a huge diversity of work ranging from defending independent journalism worldwide (Google Project Shield) to crisis response during disasters (see Maps during Hurricane Sandy or Tsunamis), to the best machine learning experts and projects in the world, to more mundane revenue-driving projects in advertising, there's really something for everybody.
    * It's easy to move around within the company as long as you're in good standing (the vast majority of engineers are).
    * The company is amazingly open: every week Larry Page and Sergey Brin host what's called TGIF where food, beer, wine, etc. is served, a new project is presented, and afterward there's an open forum to ask the executives anything you want. It's truly fair game to ask anything, no matter how controversial, and frequently the executives will be responsive.
    * No, nobody cares if you use an iPhone, Facebook, shop with Amazon, stream using Spotify, or refuse to use Google+. The company is amazingly open and flexible.

    Neither pro nor con, but general information on work-life balance, promotions, and advancement.
    * Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams. (Some teams are in more competitive sectors and require more crazy hours all the time - but very few of them). If you do what's expected, you'll be fine at least for a handful of years. Working a roughly 40 hour work week is possible, and many people do it. There are also people who are hyper-motived and work like crazy just because they love it, or because they're competitive, or they want to get a promotion. If you work 40 hour weeks without putting in anything extra, you'll fall behind them as they advance and you stand still - and maybe that doesn't matter, so it works out for everybody. But at least know where you would realistically stand.
    * If you excel and work your butt off, you'll be compensated and promoted. If you let yourself be a code monkey, and just sit coding with your head down all day, you'll be fine but won't advance. A big complaint from some Googlers is about not being able to advance "even at Google" with pure coding. Sure, if you're the uber genius who created MapReduce and Bigtable, you're going to advance like a rocket without having to do anything but coding; but if you're like most engineers at Google -- smarter than average, but just average compared to other Googlers -- you're just a good coder and not revolutionary. Code monkeys are important to actually get stuff done, and to be sure you absolutely need to be a good coder as a software engineer (it's the minimum requirement), but code monkeys won't advance because they're not leaders and they're easy to replace. To get promoted you need to lead and do more than just code. There are plenty of ways to lead other than being an official tech lead, so this isn't actually _that_ hard, so the real point is just that you can't just sit there coding what other people tell you to code all day and expect to advance.

    Cons

    * It *is* becoming larger, and with it comes growing pains: bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension (though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft's internal tension).
    * The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping, but possibly not. It's hard to get real metrics, because as the absolute number of people grows, naturally the number of bad apples grows; as a percentage it's supposedly the same as it ever was, but with larger numbers of poorer quality engineers it just _feels_ like things might be changing for the worse.
    * Also with growth means more internal-confidential data leaks (again, because of the raw numbers of people) -- product announcements being ruined, etc. That means the company has to be tighter-lipped internally to avoid leaks, which makes things less open. It's still an amazingly open place, but less so than it was even a couple years ago. The good thing is they recognize it and actively look to improve things because they know how important it is to keep the good culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the user. Everything else will follow.


  2. "UI/Visual Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Visual Designer in New York, NY
    Current Contractor - Visual Designer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    Just amazing! My team is very nice, already I'm a lead designer here. They love my design work and overall my colleagues and my boss they are very nice people.
    What a life! Everything paid by Google and of course a great compensation.

    Cons

    I wish my contract job will be converted to full-time

    Advice to Management

    You should convert the contractors to a full-time especially looking at the performance level.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "No better place to get your digital chops!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation
    Diligent performance review process
    Relative transparency into diverse business operations

    Cons

    Challenging growth prospects for mid career professionals
    Growing distance between C-level and rank & file


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great pay, great benefits, not the most interesting work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High pay (six figures) after being there for four years.
    Upward mobility if you are good at your job and a self-starter.

    Cons

    Do you love ad sales? That's 99% of the work.


  5. "A great, but intense, place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience in New York, NY
    Current Employee - User Experience in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart, engaged employees. Lots of productivity and ideation - all the time. People really care about the company, as well as the culture (and about being good citizens of the world). Great offices and perks.

    Cons

    Very intense - people work a ton of hours. Hard to manage work/life balance. Also sometimes hard to get teams to work together across orgs.


  6. "Program Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love everything about this company.

    Cons

    Needs more diversity throughout the orgs

    Advice to Management

    Hire more diverse candidates


  7. "Beta tester"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Beta Tester in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Beta Tester in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I think the name looks really good on a resume. Google is a reputable source and name, although only in its teen years the internet search engine has proved itself resourceful.

    Cons

    I don't really believe there are no cons, at least non that I've experienced. At the exception of. A few failed projects Google seems to prevail.

    Advice to Management

    There is never too much commuication.

  8. "Extremely positive"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong engineering culture. It's hard to be completely miserable at Google. There is substantial diversity in terms of the type of work and opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy is probably the number one complaint I hear from former employees. Former employees complain about the number of people that must now be consulted to get anything done.


  9. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Data Scientist in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with many prospectives

    Cons

    Everything becomes very routine so it gets boring after a while


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, but quixotic"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Solutions Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Solutions Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gives you all the tools you need to succeed.
    Tons of opportunities to do neat stuff.
    Free food is totally amazing.
    Brilliant coworkers and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Too much middle management. Middle management is also not necessarily qualified to manage technical groups. There's immense pressure to be "innovative" and do impactful things, but there's no willingness to take risks.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in the way you evaluate folks.
    Don't just ask your reportees to innovate, do it yourselves. Lead by example.


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