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Updated December 12, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 309 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 271 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Account Strategist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Account Strategist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and free food

    Cons

    Everyone is over qualified for their job

    Advice to Management

    Better education reimbursement


  2. "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, great company culture, still lots of room to grow and lots of exciting projects.

    Cons

    Company has grown a lot, so there's a bit more bureaucracy ; revenue streams need to be further diversified.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great company, not so great department"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Sourcer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google in general is incredible - great benefits and I do believe they build some of the best products out there.

    Cons

    Google's Recruiting organization, however, is in need of major changes. Too many redundant processes and a bad overall structure.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company genuinely cares about career growth for employees.
    Can have interesting projects to work on.
    Excellent infrastructure and processes for software engineering.
    Great perks and compensation.

    Cons

    Fewer career opportunities in remote offices.
    Decisions are often made without ample context by senior management.
    Excessive meetings.
    Pretends to be an environment where everyone can speak freely. But as we found with James Damore, that is not the case.

    Advice to Management

    We have excellent infrastructure for remote collaboration. So there is no need to keep herding everyone into the San Francisco Bay Area and driving up costs.


  5. "Love working at Google"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Amazing culture. Brilliant coworkers. Lots of food.

    Cons

    Can at times feel hierarchical.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate Trainer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer in Rowlett, TX
    Current Employee - Corporate Trainer in Rowlett, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputable brand; Great people; flexible schedule; financial growth; recognition and promotion opportunity with ongoing development.

    Cons

    Commute; ethics; poor leadership; stagnant role.

    Advice to Management

    Self driven; self motivated; team player; coachable with effective communication. Desire ongoing development and growth.


  7. "Staff Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, relative easy to switch to work on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Painstaking promotion process. Frequent reorg.

  8. "Overall very good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Good culture and innovation ; scale of the problems.

    Cons

    It's already a very big company


  9. "Google is great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Employee benefits. Great peers. AI

    Cons

    Too big. Not enough focus on users


  10. "Google is as good or great as you make it!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Success Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative, flexible, entrepreneurial, learn something new every day, great and smart people, opportunities, mobility, and some really great leadership

    Cons

    Some long standing leadership that creates a perception of the 'boys club' being up there, need more women in executive leadership positions.
    The problems that all big companies face: bureaucracy and it's hard to connect with executive leadership.
    Long working hours.

    Advice to Management

    Business is a priority, but without the people's input you risk to make decisions without team's buy in; it makes driving change tougher and tougher in such a large company.


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