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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 282 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Awesome place to work; smart people, amazing technology, great projects."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Work with the best and brightest -- in over a year I've yet to meet anyone who isn't bright and highly competent.
    - Open culture and supportive management at all levels. I had some recent challenges in my family life and was told by my manager to take whatever time I needed, even if it was weeks.
    - Work on projects that seriously have the chance to change the world.
    - Great perks, including free breakfast and lunch daily, and the food is gourmet-quality.
    - Wonderful office environment (other than not having private offices). Boulder boasts a climbing wall, fitness center, showers (with towel service!), stage with instruments where employees have impromptu jam sessions, foosball, shuffleboard, pool, video games, relaxation room, massage room... it goes on and on.

    Cons

    - Like most development jobs, the company will take all the hours you want to give (the flip side is that I've never been asked to work more than 40, nor has it been implied I should).
    - Whatever tools you may have learned elsewhere, you won't use them at Google, because Google has it's own implementations of everything.
    - A follow-on to the last point, if you leave Google and try to join an employer who is looking for skills in specific tools, they won't be the tools you used at Google. That said, it's hard to think having "Google" on your resume won't more than compensate.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keepin' on. Especially, continue ignoring the stockholders and doing what you think makes sense for Google, for the employees and for humanity.


  2. "The best work place, ever!"

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

    Pros

    The best place to work at.

    Cons

    There are too many snacks.


  3. "The work environment is fantastic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great People working with the company

    Cons

    The work hours are somewhat lengthy

    Advice to Management

    Shorter work hours?


  4. "Still fun and rewarding place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun projects
    Easy to have a big impact on the world

    Cons

    Things move too slow, despite efforts to improve
    Can't avoid feeling like a number in certain roles
    Lots of work to maintain products--crowds out time/energy for step-function innovations

    Advice to Management

    Still have way too many products. Need further focus.


  5. "Pretty awesome!"

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

    Pros

    Change the world; great people to work with; tremendous perks and respect for employees; lots of opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    Nothing really. Big company now, so more processes than there used to be.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Incredible, unique company"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing, smart, fun, and quirky colleagues
    Great brand name on your resume
    Open and transparent management
    The food, of course

    Cons

    Google is becoming more hierarchical. You can move up through the ranks, but if you start at entry-level, it will take you 15+ years to get to senior management. Use it as a stepping stone to another job outside the company or move laterally and gain experience in different roles


  7. Helpful (1)

    "great but stressful"

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

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

    Pros

    I would say that the quality of my co-workers is very high. My managers have all at least seemed to be concerned with my personal well-being. There is always something new to learn here.

    Cons

    Quarter performance evaluations can be a little wearing. Good communication with the technical leadership on your project is a must for success a Google.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pivoting on social.


  8. "Awesome company to work for"

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance? Yes, you got it. You can find it at this high tech company! They even have a mother's room for you to feed your little baby. There was on-site washer and dryer. An employee got transferred from NY to MV HQ and didn't got out for a month, just living on Google campus! A lot of young and bright minds to work with, they will absolutely inspire you! The food is awesome and you will gain the infamous Google 15-30 lbs! The problem you are working to solve is instantly used by billions of people. How exciting that is!!!

    Cons

    Very little supervision, some times, new hires do not know what not to do. Maybe that's the way to encourage and cultivate creativity!

    Advice to Management

    Be focus on the main business!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "I had the best summer of my life working at Google."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Boulder, CO
    Former Intern - Software Engineering Intern in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google takes great care of you! You are treated with respect, and are given real responsibilities. There is an enormous amount of freedom (creative and otherwise). The work environment is simply great - the community is very friendly and easy-going, great to work with, always open to discuss ideas. Google tries really hard to make the workplace as fun and interesting as possible. And of course, having Google on your resume is great!

    Cons

    There is a lot of freedom to do things your way, but there is also a lot of responsibility that comes with it. You will not always be told what to do and how to do things. It is your responsibility to come out and talk to your team or manager about any questions that you may have, or any problems that you might run into. If you run into trouble with your assignment, you have to stand up and ask help - and more often than not, there will be someone on your team who can help you, or at least point you in the right direction.

    I've also felt on occasion that there is too much freedom, and it takes a lot of self discipline to stay focused and respect work ethics and be responsible. If you are the kind of person who tends to slack off if your boss isn't always on your tail, this company isn't for you.


  10. "Awesome place to work, but big company issues starting to surface."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Smart coworkers
    Great office locations
    Great benefits
    Interesting projects

    Cons

    All the benefits are designed to get you to work more
    Large company is starting to forget about the individual

    Advice to Management

    Handle the defragmentation effort with a little bit more sensitivity to employee situations