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Google Product Manager Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2019

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Incredible company, good work"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - High pay - Lots of freedom and autonomy - Surrounded by talented people - Scope: products that affect a huge number of people - Supportive, inclusive culture - Amazing perks (travel, discounts, etc) - Free food and snacks alaways - Engineering is the primary focus , so fun to be on the product teams

    Cons

    - In some orgs (Search and Maps), there are so many PMs and a lot of politics - promotion cycle on a schedule

    Google2017-05-05
  2. Helpful (10)

    "Great Corporate Culture, But Disorganized"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly smart, engaging co-workers. Competitive compensation. Very understanding culture and no dirty backstabbing politics - people are nice to each other. If there are politics, they are usually the the extent of trying to shape a business or product a certain way, but not in the way of trying to get someone fired or steal their job or anything.

    Cons

    They don't have their strategy together. Many business decisions are made by engineers who just don't know many of the basics of business strategy and so fall into the "if you build it they will come" mentality and invest in projects that aren't thought through from a customer perspective. The company's first rule is "focus on the user and all else will follow" but they don't really do that often.

    Advice to Management

    Create a product planning organization that focuses full time on identifying new businesses to enter, and really fix the brand portfolio -- the naming is fragmented and needs to be made cohesive.

    Google2017-01-10
  3. Helpful (8)

    "Excellent pay and benefits. Commuting sucks."

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Honestly, Google does almost everything within its power to attract and retain talent. Staff are generally paid well. Long tenure with the company generally means solid earnings growth. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    For folks working at the mothership and not living in Silicon Valley the commute is increasingly dire. Travel on tech shuttles from SF and Oakland now regularly takes 2 hours each way. Sounds like an overprivileged whine but it massively extends your workday and limits what you can do during the week.

    Google2016-12-13
  4. Helpful (4)

    "hard to beat"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I couldn't really have asked for more. I went straight out of college, ended up both challenged and rewarded, and only left for a startup because I thought it was a particularly unique opportunity, but not because I had anything other than good experiences at Google.

    Cons

    It's a large company -- politics are part of large organizations of people of any kind. Even being on the sore end of some political battles while there, though, it didn't bother me all that much.

    Advice to Management

    Keep swinging for the fences.

    Google2016-12-19
  5. "Excellent training in product marketing"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Lean teams with lots of responsibility, even for junior employees - Diverse, talented workforce hired into Rotational Management Associate Program (entry level marketers are called APMMs) - Google encourages employees to take on a multitude of roles / rotations - Lots of training and professional development

    Cons

    - If based in Mountain View, the commute is extremely long even with Google bus - After a few years, obtaining promotions can be challenging

    Advice to Management

    Expand RAMP / APMM program to include a stint in sales

    Google2016-12-18
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work for a few years"

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    Current Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Great compensation, awesome perks, friendly co-workers, and a focus on work-life balance. You also get the prestige / cache / expense accounts associated with working for one of the world's most successful tech firms.

    Cons

    The company is very big -- and highly bureaucratic. While there is the ability to move internally - the best positions are located in Mountain View and New York still feels like a satellite office. The day-to-day job functions are also not as interesting as one would hope. There is little room for innovation -- most days consist of checking off pre-determined tasks. Might be boring for someone looks to think out of the...

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    Google2016-11-28
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Super smart people, management growth pains"

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Truly the smartest groups of people you'll ever work with. More than anything, this was a reason to go to work every day. But also, working on products that the entire world touches is humbling and inspiring.

    Cons

    Though more "flat" than other companies, as Google grew there was more and more need for typical career bureaucracy. It became necessary to champion your achievements up the ladder and jockey for recognition. Managers are stuck in the middle and with such a talented group of employees, it's hard to please them all. Lots of the most ambitious talent left for better career growth and prospects elsewhere.

    Google2016-11-14
  8. "G Review"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to build great products with rich user data and resources.

    Cons

    Company is getting fairly large with bureaucracy and processes slowing things down.

    Google2016-10-23
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
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    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The benefits, opportunities for professional growth, and people are all the best in the business.

    Cons

    A small but growing minority suffers from entitlement, self-righteousness, arrogance, and laziness.

    Google2016-09-17
  10. "Best non-executive job in Silicon Valley"

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

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

    Pros

    Huge impact, brilliant co-workers, good benefits and perks, good pay, career growth opportunities, brand name is great.

    Cons

    Big company, wants to feel like a small company, some politics, becoming a bit more old-fashioned than it was, less exponential growth in many areas.

    Advice to Management

    Keep building on opportunities for growth in the PM ladder, so that the best PMs aren't incentivized to leave to startups.

    Google2016-09-22
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