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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 294 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 253 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Already very good and trying to get better"

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

    Pros

    Google is still a great place to go out and have an impact as an individual engineer and to have a chance to work with other awesome engineers. Management regularly makes it clear how important the individual contributor is to the company, and routinely solicits options and ideas from across the company.

    There has been a lot of work on addressing past weakness with career development through more manager training, more developed mentorship programs, and more talks / transparency on the performance review process. This has been part of a trend in the company to stay aware of what issues are concerning employees across the board and attempt to fix them.

    Cons

    The non-confrontational culture of Google, though generally a perk, causes some issues. Under-performance is still often ignored or poorly-addressed. Interpersonal conflicts can become passive-aggressive.

    Advice to Management

    Google is a good place to work and the devotion to continuously improving the workplace is well-known and appreciate. Though some individuals can be annoying, and most have never used the privilege, employees love that they can bring up their concerns openly to upper management.


  2. "Great place to work in spite of long hours."

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

    Pros

    Abililty to have high impact.
    Terrific benefits / compensation.
    Brilliant co-workers.

    Cons

    Long work hours. Lots of young people with no outside obligations to compete with.

    Advice to Management

    The size fits all job descriptions don't work well in all groups.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "not a very good place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    i worked as a temp position for google and the only good thing was that the hours were consistent and the pay was decent.

    Cons

    the hours were really inflexible and sometimes it was hard to get time off. the working conditions weren't very ideal either.

    Advice to Management

    google should have better hours instead of three set shifts and they should also offer temps free meals too to compensate for the labor requirements.


  4. "good place, but not fast-moving anymore"

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    • 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

    amazing opportunities to educate yourself and deal with the leading edge issues of our time

    Cons

    so many ceilings to advancement within google. everyone is relatively young and so there is not a lot of upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    need better paths upward and more promotions.


  5. "General Comments"

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    • 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

    Great people, flexible work schedule, and great benefit.

    Cons

    Company not growing as fast anymore.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Awesome work environment for flipping burgers"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, smart people, unlimited toys and food. Freedom, no nickle-and-dime mentality. Additionally, the word "Google" looks REALLY GOOD on a resume.

    Cons

    You might get allocated to a position that is below or mismatched with your skills. Since the majority of their software engineers are PhD's, there are many PhD's doing things you don't need a PhD for -- "flipping burgers". Less opportunity for career advancement; managers tend to get hired externally rather than promoted internally.

    Advice to Management

    Consider people's skills, background, and interests, when allocating them. The free food and toys and general awesomeness of work environment eventually don't outweigh dissatisfaction with actual job tasks.


  7. "Love this place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open environment
    Flexible work hours
    Good for your career development in the near future

    Cons

    Same work over and over

    Advice to Management

    Great but sometimes need to take care junior engineers!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Weird Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Video Services Specialist in Thornton, CO
    Current Employee - Video Services Specialist in Thornton, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The food was great. The place was fun to work. The people are capable and smart.

    Cons

    The management was too far removed from our group. They really had no idea what we did or how. And they never asked. The would make power plays against each other that would adversely affect the day to day of the people working below them. There was a very strong feeling of working "for" them, Not "With" them.

    Advice to Management

    lose the OKR's. People just write what you want them to and it is ineffective.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sales manager for the midwest region"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, diversity, job appreciation, culture, and lifestyle.

    Cons

    Work life balance, demanding schedule, and hours

    Advice to Management

    Grow


  10. Helpful (2)

    "If you're going to work, it's the best place to do it. Seriously."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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

    Smart & motivated colleagues, challenging technical problems, working on things millions (and millions) of people use, good culture and company values.

    Cons

    Gaining weight from the great food (I'm +10 lbs, but working it down). Other than that, not much.

    Advice to Management

    Being ambitious is good, but learn to say 'no' more often. Google is doing a lot of things -- many great, many well, and some OK. Skip the OK.


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