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Updated July 12, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 288 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 242 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Work here if it is your last resort"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist II in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist II in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Relaxed work environment
    -Interesting projects
    -Free snacks, free lunch
    -Occasional office activities
    -Extremely easy interview
    -Outdoor nature trail
    -Video games, pool table, etc.

    Cons

    -Terrible pay, no benefits
    -No chance for advancement
    -Vendor (Randstad) HR is terrible
    -Most employees do not care about the work and are extremely lazy and unqualified
    -Free lunch is often inedible, food poisoning is not uncommon
    -Favorites are picked in this office
    -Pod leads are not supervised by HR (can be extremely unfair, never available, etc.)
    -Weirdest group of employees I have ever worked with

    Advice to Management

    -Make interviews more thorough to ensure the right people are hired
    -Supervise pod leads
    -Improve or eliminate free food
    -Increase pay
    -Listen to employee concerns


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    None, everything is horrible at this place

    Cons

    Horrible place to work at

    Advice to Management

    Grow up

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Ugh. Don't believe the hype"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Looks really good on a resume
    - Great pay

    Cons

    - No sense of mission (last time I saw Google actively "focusing on users" was 2010)
    - Little opportunity for career growth. The project you work on is the most important (only?) factor in promotion. And most projects/teams are dead ends
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    Advice to Management

    Focus on a mission and stick to it. Shifting from "more wood behind fewer arrows" to "mobile first" to "AI first" is action discussed as progress. Seriously, stop trying to vie for a promotion and just focus on the user and all else will follow.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Payments Processing at Google Boulder, CO"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Google (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary.
    Great benefits.
    Great food.
    Great location.
    Some really great people.

    Cons

    Don't expect to see great code. Expect a mess which everyone is struggling to understand, caused by fast pace, rapid turnover, and some really spectacular bad past design decisions that make things very hard to trace, but are now deeply embedded, and would be very hard to remove. Having said that, if this is your thing, great, they will reward you handsomely to help keep them afloat.
    Company is extremely PC. But you already knew that.
    Apparently, surveillance of personal email/networks. I can't prove it but I was creeped out too many times.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down. Build a stable team. Stop hiring physicists. Hire experienced fin-tech people.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in China, NY
    Former Employee - Teacher in China, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good knowledge of teaching and strategies

    Cons

    Sometimes I just want to peruse perfect

    Advice to Management

    Very good and hope to continue


  6. Helpful (3)

    "In house physical security"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Security in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Apart from great perks, food selections and artsy features, the team I worked with was like a second family.

    Cons

    No transparency at all no matter what Google preaches. "Don't be evil" ethos are violated every day by favoritism and popularity votes.

    Abilities to grow ideas!? What ideas?? They are shut down by managers who are bosses and not real leaders.

    Security is an important department which protects life and property but with no honesty or integrity, with that being a big issue any core value is gone.

    The Review rating system is unfair and dictated by numbers no matter how much of a great worker you are. Bias is a big issue.

    Unless your a software engineer or a manager life at Google is great and you'll never get to see the toxic environment lower level departments go through.

    Can unexpectedly be sick for more than two days or you are issued a write up and tanked on your review.

    Advice to Management

    The advise is best to senior leadership and not level 6 or lower as they are the main issue in the department.


  7. "Data Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    perks of free food and snacks

    Cons

    company is too big. contractors are treated badly

    Advice to Management

    treat contractors better

  8. "Inhuman experience working at Google as Contractor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IoT Vendor in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - IoT Vendor in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - got disillusioned about the above pretense, and now know that Google is not end of the world with more confidence,

    Cons

    Will put as a paragraph what happened when I thought of joining 'world-class' company

    - had to join in a 'fast n furious' fashion that incurred unnecessary logistical cost and initial living expenses, (keeping in mind the cost of living in Mountain View CA). More, could not say Good Bye to my that time employer

    - was asked to leave in about 03 weeks without giving any real assignment (a person who was hired after two interviews at 110K / year),

    - now have to explain my hiring company why I concluded my contract in google that quick (3.5 weeks, from 6th of Feb, till March 03 2017)
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    Advice to Management

    - The Manager (from google)should know what he is talking about, technically,
    [My manager (was working on RCS related project) was technically lacking in related skills (Call flow), he did not appear to be good on provisioning infra, neither on actual signalling after it]

    - should not play with Contractor's future, that could be expensive (even for you)


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible for Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free Food, cool bikes, co-workers were great.

    Cons

    Management gets away with a lot of abusive behavior. Cloud teams are extremely disorganized. Promotions and opportunity is all political. The environment is toxic for someone looking to make a career in Sales. The pay structure was terrible. No commission, just this sharing pool based on multiple factors, so you are not rewarded for good performance.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management needs to stop the politics and favoritism. Middle management needs an ethics deep dive.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Product owner"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    free food and office is open 24x7

    Cons

    terrible atmosphere...wants everyone to submit to the machine world

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to force everyone to be online all the time.


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