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Updated January 10, 2018
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 310 reviews)

  • it's a big company so expect a little bit of admin work (in 272 reviews)

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  1. "document data analyst scan inc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    very good benefits and balance

    Cons

    management can overlook some people


  2. "Decent job but difficult to advance"

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    Current Employee - Operations Assembler in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Operations Assembler in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Perks like food and gym are great. Very friendly coworkers. Good work/life balance at my site (you can turn phone off at shift end unless you're on call)

    Cons

    In this position you are very limited in what work you're allowed to do. There are no promotions from this job and getting a transfer to a different job can be difficult (depending on your location). Doing the same job for 5+ years while waiting for a transfer to be available is boring.

    The work can be physically difficult, many employees get repetitive stress injuries, back pain etc after a few years. Cutthroat competitive work environment leads to people rushing to have the best numbers and getting hurt.

    Performance review process doesn't always fairly reflect work and there are no appeals.

    No cost of living raises, COL increased a lot since I started but raises haven't kept up.

  3. Helpful (12)

    "Managers don't manage"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are a young, single, male software engineer.

    Cons

    Not a great place to work if you have a family, are female or have to manage people. Most managers do not have any management training, nor are they given any. There is no recognition given to engineering managers for their ability to help people's careers, performance, or as to how happy their people are with their manager. Almost all emphasis is placed on an engineering manager's technical contribution. Therefore, there is no incentive for managers to treat their employees well, meet with them or help them. Nor is there much incentive for managers to make good business decisions. Most engineering managers only care that they did something technically interesting. Whether it fails or not is not important. Whether it contributes to the company's strategy or business is not important. And certainly, whether their people grow and move forward with their careers is not important.

    Advice to Management

    There are 10 qualities that Google identifies as making good managers. Start measuring your managers on those qualities!


  4. "observation"

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    Current Contractor - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    This is a rich company

    Cons

    this is mostly a young crowd company

    Advice to Management

    I never see anyone over 40 in the elevators. Hiring practice ?


  5. "Sr Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Great product, lots of upside to the business

    Cons

    Too many people, need to diversify the revenue streams

    Advice to Management

    Be creative


  6. "Working Hard is Hard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I enjoyed the snacks they offered.

    Cons

    The work was difficult to do here


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not all it's made out to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent (but not leading) compensation. Well known perks like free food. Some talented coworkers.

    Cons

    Giant corporation with high levels of bureaucracy, incompetence, and politics. Very splintered geographically and organizationally. Disorganized. Poor - basically nonexistent - leadership. Food's not always good, even for free. Cynical culture.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house on the mostly useless middle and executive management. Focus on something for once. Preferably something useful to the world, rather than just selling more ads.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work at, if you don't care about promotion"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well organized company - you only focus on the things you ought to do and others will do the rest for you.

    Very relaxing working environment.

    Cons

    Extremely slow to get promoted.


  9. Helpful (1)

    ""good place for first job""

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google (More than a year)

    Pros

    perks, smart people, great location

    Cons

    Getting more and more political like a big company


  10. "software engienner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good food, good enirvoment and good people

    Cons

    a lot of work as well as deadlines

    Advice to Management

    cut own on deadlines please


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