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Updated May 27, 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 (1)

    "Best possible "big company""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.


  2. "I love"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - awesome benefits
    - generous compensation
    - very smart people

    Cons

    - large company, so can be political
    - promotion committees are really tough - like getting a PhD


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  5. "Awesomeness"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible talent and superb management support at all levels.

    Cons

    Nothing to report at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the culture, it works!!


  6. "Great company but too big"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working environment, great people, great perks, tons of opportunities across all types of disciplines... hard to get bored.

    Cons

    experience (positive or negative) can vary by manager


  8. "Exceeded every one of my expectations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation & benefits
    Interesting work with amazing people
    Awesome problems and scale
    Treat everyone with respect and trying hardest not to be/do evil

    Cons

    Have not found any yet - perhaps too new here.


  9. "great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super flexible working hours
    Good pay
    Do as much work as you want and get recognized for as much as you do

    Cons

    Getting somewhat cumbersome to do some development tasks, due to larger overhead


  11. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very generous on compensation and benefits

    Cons

    A lot of layers of management


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