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Updated Jun 15, 2019

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  1. "Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in America, OK
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Amazing & wonderful Environment.

    Cons

    More Projects, Salary depends on your performance.

    Advice to Management

    Little pressure from management.

    Google2019-06-15
  2. Helpful (2349)

    "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 (968)

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

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for 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...

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    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...

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    Advice to Management

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

    Google2014-05-10
  4. Helpful (539)

    "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
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people and creative culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people Interesting projects Uses own software and platforms Great benefits Exposure to technology Great internal learning opportunities

    Cons

    Not many that I can think of that are specific to Google. A few managers who weren't terribly hands-on from a technology perspective, caring only about deadlines. But, then again, that's part of their role as managers. Happens in all companies. Performance review process had become rather onerous, but it was adjusted almost every year to address this issue.

    Google2019-06-11
  6. "Great Company Culture!"

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      Former Employee - Software Engineer 

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

      Pros

      Everyone is overall very friendly and generally supportive!

      Cons

      A little stressful but definitely rewarding!

      Google2019-06-14
    • "Very good"

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      Current Employee - Director of Engineering in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Great job very good pay

      Cons

      Stuff stuff underneath the house

      Google2019-06-14
    • "Great company - going thru growing pains"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Amazing people to work with, exciting technology, high impact work.

      Cons

      For a company that is all about scale, its biggest problem is scaling to the # employees and the expanding breadth of scope. Some areas are very top heavy.

      Advice to Management

      Don't lose the engineering focused culture of trust and openness.

      Google2019-06-14
    • "Great place to work"

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      Current Employee - Product Manager 

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

      Pros

      Excellent benefits, flexible work schedules, transportation offers, food

      Cons

      Sluggish culture compared to startups, has become large enough that internal politics are a lot more noticeable now.

      Google2019-06-12
    • "Flexible"

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

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

      Pros

      Flexible working time. Good meals. Relaxing working environment.

      Cons

      No cons to be reported

      Google2019-06-11
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