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Updated April 27, 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. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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

    The benefits are amazing. Free food, free everything.

    Cons

    Things do get busy, and everyone's super competitive.


  2. "Great benefits but not enough of an impact"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work/life balance, culture is great

    Cons

    not enough ownership, same politics as any big company, wont make as much of an impact as other smaller companies


  3. "Google Rocks!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Research, Top dollar, Clever colleagues

    Cons

    Proprietary technologies, adhoc promotion process


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    "The Best of the Best"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart, motivated colleagues. Hard problems. Great perks.

    Cons

    Meritocracy fails to account for luck/"right-place, right-time."

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that good talent can still land in a bad team and/or toxic environment.


  6. "consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    flexible work time all the time

    Cons

    long distance to travel from europe


  7. "Program Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Salary, Great Benefits, Free Food! Management really cares; Google really cares about their employees. Interview processes ensure that only the best people are hired.

    Cons

    There really are not many. The company has a start-up mentality so things are always changing. You must be comfortable with constantly changing priorities and reorganization.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Increasingly disappointing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing perks. Improved work/life balance. Lots of internal mobility opportunities. Supports career/personal development with a multitude of internal classes and resources.

    Cons

    Increasing pool of ineffective and inexperienced middle managers. HR doesn't do anything perceivable to remove toxic employees (even ones who have a proven track record of questionable ethics/morality and embarrassingly low employee feedback scores). Lots of hierarchy. As a result, culture is quickly degrading.


  9. "Still the best place I have ever worked"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people in an environment that is fun and challanging

    Cons

    I now a bigger company so it has become somewhat silo'd

    Advice to Management

    Continue to open. Provide better viability to opportunities. Better decision making when starting projects into new business areas


  10. "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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "TVC (Temp/Vendor/Contract) Employee - LOVE it here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Although I'm a contract employee, there hasn't been once that I haven't felt included or that I lacked access to any of the perks that come with working here full-time. I feel like I've learned SO incredibly much in the 4 months that I've been here - and actual useful skills that I'll be able to take on regardless of the opportunity I take on next.

    Cons

    There's not many I can think of - it's a large company, but the office I work out of feels like home, and is quaint.


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