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Updated August 19, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 290 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 245 reviews)

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  1. "Entrepreneur at Google"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Search Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Search Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to change the world. Every job position has a very strong impact, especially in the emerging Google divisions. For example, Google Enterprise and Google Earth sales groups. Free food. Very open minded and diverse group of people. No one I met at Google is intellectually incompetent. You can bring dogs to work. The people are friendly and overall there is strong sense of belonging to a group of the elite that have the opportunity to change the world. The on site gym, cafes, are nice. Opportunities to see visiting authors and presidential candidates are amazing. You are in the presence of great people who will change/are changing the world.

    Cons

    For entrepreneurial people that want to start their own company, working at Google can become very comfortable and you enjoy a lot of the learning you would as if you were in a tech startup, thus prompting you to stay as an "employee" instead of business owner.

    Advice to Management

    no comment. Don't bite the hands that feed you.


  2. "Amazing company culture, products, technology, and employee benefits."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best part about working at Google is the number of very smart people constantly around you. Great team settings where you can learn and be around the best. There are tons of other employee benefits as well, such as the free food (3 meals a day cooked by excellent chefs) and snacks, game areas (fooseball, volleyball), bicycles, workout center, laundry machines, etc. All of these things cause you to worry about less outside of work.

    Cons

    Because of the large amounts of benefits (such as free foods) there seems to be an unsaid rule that employees are expected to work longer hours. Many people work more than 8 hours a day and then will be on email or work for a couple hours at home, at night as well (or on the weekends). It may be hard to perform extremely well with a good work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Give engineers more freedom to use 20% time to work on cool projects without the stress of having to do 120% work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Google is a great place to work as an engineer - just don't expect a small company environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is one of the first places I've worked where I feel like I'm surrounded by people that are way smarter than I am. This makes for a really creative environment, where everyone is pushing you to go beyond your limits and make something even better. It also means that you can just trust that everyone around you is really good at what they do.

    There's also a huge focus on only launching things when they're ready, which, as an engineer, means when something does launch, you're really proud of it, and don't feel like it's half-assed because you were rushing to a deadline and cut a lot of corners.

    Oh, and the free food and benefits rock, but they wouldn't keep me at any job if I didn't enjoy the work and the people. But when you do like the job and the people, they make it that much better:)

    Cons

    Google is getting big. This means a couple things: It's no longer always a "startup" feel. There's a lot of teams, and a lot of infrastructure, and there's starting to be a bit of bureaucracy here and there (though management has done a pretty good job killing it on sight whenever they see it).

    Also, because we have a lot of users and are always in the limelight, we have to be really careful about launching things, which often means that launching something requires jumping through more hoops to make sure it's scalable and stable, and that all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed, in order to not have a bad press situation or an emergency caused by an overloaded system. This is good for production launches, but can slow down experimentation in the early stages of a product.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing:)


  4. "Google PM"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people
    Impact
    Great Benefts

    Cons

    Can't think of any right now

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Lving it but wish I had a real office"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People think better of you if you work at Google.
    The people you work with are really really smart, because Google sets the bar for hiring so high.
    There's free breakfast, lunch, and dinner - and it's good.
    The yearly bonus tends to be even more than the percentage in the offer letter.

    Cons

    We're stuck in cubicles. (Before Google, I worked at Microsoft, and at MSFT everyone gets their own office, or at least, every engineer...)
    The stock price is variable, so if you join and the stock's at 700, and then the stock goes down to 500, you may end up resenting the people who just got hired and have an option strike price $200 lower than you.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to reprice their options to where they would be if they were to quit and get re-hired the next day.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Google is still a fantastic place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Google is an extraordinary place to work: the perks are second to none, the quality of employees is exceptionally high, and the products are mostly cutting edge and interesting. Google treats its employees very well and believes in leadership from the bottom up, which provides a sense of ownership and personal investment that is unequaled in my experience. Google employees are encouraged to treat each other as respected equals, no matter what the difference in job title might be. Google also encourages the notion that good ideas can come from anywhere, and that the best ideas rarely come from management.

    Perhaps most importantly, Google is one of the only places in the world where you can work on products that could potentially be used by hundreds of millions of people. It's very satisfying to share your work with family and friends, and to see people using your products nearly every day.

    Cons

    The larger the company gets, the more the culture becomes dilute. The past year or two has brought extensive change in terms of management hierarchy to certain area of the company. With the hiring or more and more managers from the outside, the company has lost some of its democratic idealism in favor of traditional corporate politics. Google is now a very large company, and it's hard to avoid all of the downsides that accompany such size.

    It can also be very difficult to find a career path at Google. Promotions are exceptionally rare. Despite the fact that employees can theoretically excel in both individual contributor and management tracks, there is still a feeling that the only way to climb the corporate ladder is to become a manager. It's also the case that people are often promoted into management roles without the necessary skills and training, leading to poor relationships between teams and leaders.

    It also becomes more and more difficult to make fast progress on projects as the company gets larger. Google is still very nimble compared to most large companies, but it's no longer a scrappy startup unencumbered by size.

    Advice to Management

    Google needs to pay more attention to its middle management. In some areas of the company, there is too little, while in others there is way too much. Middle management is a thankless job at Google, as it is at most companies, but many employees feel that it's the only way to succeed.


  7. "Great place to work with wonderful benefits but paychecks should be bigger"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quantitative Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Quantitative Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart People
    Chance to make a big difference to the lives of millions of people
    Management's desire to be seen as a force for good
    Fellow Googlers' concern for the environment and heightened awareness of world issues

    Cons

    Long work hours
    Flat organizational structure
    Compensation is much lower than competition

    Advice to Management

    Do more to keep top talent

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Feeling Lucky? You are if you work Google."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No company has ever done more to ensure the happiness and comfort of their employees. It has of course grown more compartmentalized and beaurocratic as it has grown but it remains a rather open playing field. Google also fosters a fertile and receptive breeding ground for homegrown ideas and suggestions, some of which has grown into successful consumer products. I also continue to feel good about working for a company that takes ethics and "doing the right thing" so seriously.

    Cons

    Extremely competitive. Incredibly high bar set for performance.

    Advice to Management

    Do everything you can to keep the lines of communication open and active.


  9. "Best geek place to work...period..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Media Delivery Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Media Delivery Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are very concerned with the happiness of their employees. We are treated well and the perks are phenomenal. This is one of the pinnacles for where geeks want to work. The work environment is condusive to working and staying engaged in the projects you are working on. They make sure you have the tools that you need to get your work done. They move VERY fast to get things done. They do a lot of great work with charities and the communities where their offices are. They truly live by their motto, "Don't be evil."

    Cons

    Sometimes there is too much work to be done. It would be nice to have some breathing room to be able to do side projects, etc. Sometimes I feel a little lost in the large company.

    Advice to Management

    Truly try to balance the workload so that we can focus on that 10-20% "fun" stuff.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Google: A New Kind of Employer for A New Century"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I like working at Google as an SRE (Site Reliability Engineer) because it is a job that combines my skills as a professional software engineer and self-taught system administrator. The work I do is quite varied so I don't get bored doing the same thing over and over like I have done at other companies.

    Since Google is a well-established corporation they can afford to provide some of the best benefits that other companies can't/don't provide. Unlike startups, you don't have to worry about the company going belly-up nor do you have to work unreasonable hours.

    We have free food in the form of many cafes all over the area each with a varied menu of foods. There's even a concern program that allows employees to call certain specialists for free advice -- e.g. you can ask a lawyer for some legal advice or talk to a therapist, amongst other services.

    The company even offers up to 3 months of paid medical leave..

    Aside from benefits, job security, and exciting projects, everyone there is very intelligent and good peers/team-mates are essential in any corporation.

    Cons

    Large corporations have a certain bureaucracy and more red tape than startups, naturally.

    Promotions at Google require either someone to nominate you (rare) or self-nomination during regular performance review cycles.

    Performance review cycles are a big pain and context interrupt. Many share this view though it is believed to be a necessary evil.

    Advice to Management

    Not high up enough to have an opinion on this and get involved in company politics. Have only worked here about a year..


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