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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 304 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 263 reviews)

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  1. "The best employer I've ever had"

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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

    - available food onsite
    - very competitive salary
    - good bonuses
    - variety of projects
    - clear communication w/ management
    - smart people working there

    Cons

    - traffic in the morning around the main campus
    - no "start-up" feeling any more - lot's of people, lot's of projects


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great people, great perks, great environment"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome food, great salary, wonderful coworkers. Lots of room for a self-starter to advance. Promotion can be quite rapid if you are determined and this is your goal. None of the cost/benefit approach to IT that you see at a lot of other companies.

    Cons

    Management can be clueless or absent at times. It can take a lot longer to get things done than you expect.

    Advice to Management

    Remove blocks to rapid development and mandated platform use. Be more open in communication, particularly in explaining the reasons for controversial decisions.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "I hate my job at Google"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice perk, good compensation. Love the free food.

    Cons

    Little career growth. Bas Middle management

    Advice to Management

    Focus on core business and stop investing into peripheral areas.


  4. "good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    everything looks fine to me

    Cons

    almost no cons to me


  5. "Furthering my education"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career development, impact and range.

    Cons

    Compensation and lack of transparency at times.


  6. "Very stimulating environment and great job satisfaction"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will have a chance to work with some of the smartest people in the industry

    Cons

    No real cons, but you have to be very good and productive to keep the job

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up guys!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Everybody loves you"

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

    Pros

    everyone wants to join Google because it is a giant party. Free Food, onsite everything, free seminars, movies and lectures. But you have go to produce. They don't care if you party all week long but when the deadline arrives, you need to deliver.

    Cons

    Engineers rule at Google. Leadership and management are weak, as these geeky guys and gals are more comfortable talking to their keyboard then to subordinates. The lack of leadership is one of the great weaknesses for this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership matters. You can't just throw a bunch of engineers at a problem with little oversight, planning and motivation and hope to have a happy ending.

  8. "very good"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great work lot of bucks

    Cons

    no issues at all whatsoever

    Advice to Management

    great work


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Requires dedication"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is an evenvironment in which everyone participates and contributes; unlike previous environments that have numerous employees that are just putting in time

    Cons

    Since the environment is one in which everyone must participate, it is difficult to pull back (e.g. girfriend breakup)

    Advice to Management

    Overall, you are doing well and provide a good working environment


  10. "Good place to work, especially for new graduates."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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

    Free food, good benefits, nice workplace....
    Many young people.

    Cons

    Not sure if it is in its peak. It will eventually going down, just like microsoft, cisco.....


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