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Google Software Engineer Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 270 reviews)

  • Google is a big company with a lot of insider technologies; don't expect to know it all from day one (in 231 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Definitely made you feel like you were part of the team. Really amazing culture, where you had freedom over different projects to work on.

    Cons

    Work hours and commute can be very long if you work out of Mountain View.

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Fun and Challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Intern - Intern Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get to be a part of incredible projects that have huge impacts on many users around the world. Very motivating environment !

    Cons

    Can be rough sometimes, you're surrounded by very smart people and it can be intimidating, you have to learn to work fast.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work at"

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

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

    Pros

    Great group of co-workers, great perks, TGIF and memegen.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind.


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  5. "Software Engineer (by acquisition)"

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

    When my former company was acquired, I was not required to interview for my job and there were no changes to my salary. Google is paying out my unvested options and RSUs and gave me a grant of GSUs to boot. This was all very surprising to me as I had less than a year of experience when the acquisition began.

    Excellent professional development resources.

    Cons

    Having a list of approved languages is kind of a drag. I am also hoping there will be a place for me, in the future, outside of the former company wth which I was acquired.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for making the transition seamless! It was stressful, but worked out nicely in the end.


  6. "Fun place for interns"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really good place to start and they help you learn.

    Cons

    I dont really have any

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Payments Processing at Google Boulder, CO"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work"

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

    Pros

    I get to focus what I truly love to do without worrying about politics.

    Cons

    It's difficult (but not impossible) to stand out because you work with literally the top engineers recruited from around the world.


  9. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The campus is very nice. Great food, gym, and other recreational facilities.

    Cons

    Work life balance can be very challenging


  10. "Google : A work place with values"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best working environment and peers

    Cons

    Not suited for people working in isolation


  11. "Awesome!"

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome office (in chicago), super smart coworkers, great pay for the area.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons yet.


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