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Updated June 27, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 282 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 241 reviews)

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  1. "Amazing company, changing the world"

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart, fun coworkers. Challenging work. Motivating

    Cons

    Less chance to be innovative or impact change as company grows


  2. "Great company to work for"

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

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the best companies I have had the pleasure of working for. Fantastic environment. You are able to use your talents in all areas. You have room for promotion within the company. You are always heard and your ideas matter.

    Cons

    It's important to set work life balance boundaries.


  3. "Interesting time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Quantitative Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great benefits that I got to have

    Cons

    the work started getting hard at times

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone here is really smart and capable. Lots of companies say that, but here it's actually true. The perks and benefits are amazing. Pay is competitive. Management is very hands-off - Engineers have a large degree of autonomy in deciding how best to accomplish something.

    Cons

    Speed of execution. Google has a strong NIH culture, and a lot of the tech stack inside the company is home grown, and often needlessly complex. There is a long ramp-up time for new engineers, and it can take awhile to get simple things done.

    Things are improving, but slowly.

    Advice to Management

    Get serious about fixing our technical infrastructure. It prevents us from executing quickly on new ideas.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not for Everyone"

    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

    Lots of freedom, perks, food, friendly people, great location (feels like the whole city is Google).

    Cons

    Too much freedom without guidance. Too many code owners that can block you without a care. Too much focus on features, and not enough on tech debt and testing. People launch a feature, then switch teams and leave the maintenance to the rest. And they get promoted for doing that.

    Advice to Management

    Worker harder to make sure everyone on the team is happy and help change teams when necessary.


  6. "Software Development Engineer Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cool project and good environment. Could learn a lot.

    Cons

    Google is too big. Anything you do doesn't make a big impact.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    lots of money
    nice stock options

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Advice to Management

    pay me more


  8. "Inside Sales Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, investment in employees, concern for overall well being and and very data driven approach to everything. I am constantly learning and surrounded by very intelligent people who want to help others succeed.

    Cons

    Not many cons, filling up minimum words here to meet the requirement. The free food can get old. Can only eat seared Tuna and steak so many times.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to the kitchen staff is to keep it fresh with constant rotation of dishes, more bbq chicken, better salad bar options, maybe some better sushi.


  9. "Software Engineer"

    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

    Perks, flexible schedule, interesting projects

    Cons

    Working on projects at the scale Google does is challenging, and working with the existing infrastructure can be difficult.


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People, perks, salary, benefits. One of the top payers around and lots of flexibility in benefits and work schedule. Have had many great managers

    Cons

    Little room to grow, long hours. Feels very much like a big company now and your contributions can feel insignificant

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent. Invest in employees


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