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Updated June 13, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 281 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 238 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (761)

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

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    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, but quixotic"

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    • 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.

  3. "Interesting time"

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    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits that I got to have

    Cons

    the work started getting hard at times

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. "Former NYC employee"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Very California centric, tough to progress in the US outside of California


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best possible "big company""

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

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

    Pros

    I believe that Google makes the world better, by pushing the boundaries of technology and making information more accessible. I'm constantly inspired by the things that Google does. As an employee I have excellent benefits, compensation and work environment. Colleagues and management are generally positive and supportive. Plenty of opportunity for growth if you are driven, otherwise it's not hard to "coast" either.

    Cons

    Because the company is big, both the technology and politics can get messy. There are many overlapping teams and products. Individuals and managers are incentivized to create new products/teams instead of contributing to existing ones. This results in products/features that overlap excessively. It also results in software that is excessively complex, as instead of building a single library we build multiple libraries owned by multiple teams.

    Advice to Management

    Double down on "product excellence": the problems that were raised when Sundar started as CEO still exist. Think about what it really means to be "bottom up" because right now I feel more empowered to circulate a design doc to get buy in from management, than to write code. That's not the right kind of "bottom up" management.


  6. "I love"

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

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

    Pros

    I absolutely love it. The people are nice, the benefits are amazing, there is so much opportunity to grow, and no idea goes abandoned.

    Cons

    It does take a long time to feel comfortable in the position, but the people around you make the transition very easy.

    Advice to Management

    The hierarchical structure is very confusing. It doesn't inhibit everyday work life, but it is nice to know who I am under.


  7. "Great company but too big"

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    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great balance and exciting projects

    Cons

    Slow moving and too bureaucratic

  8. "great"

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

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great amazing loved it superb out of this world

    Cons

    great not so great just ok


  9. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Awesome perks.

    Cons

    No care for your personal development.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  10. "Great company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues. Good to work with smart people.

    Good employee perks like free good quality food.

    Cons

    Company is quite big. So it comes with all the negatives of working for a big company.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


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