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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 288 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (14)

    "Dead end, But the perks disguise that fact nicely...for a few years"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All of the things you've already read about: Food, Dogs, 401k.

    Looks great on a resume: When you're ready to move on in your career, having Google on your resume in any context almost guarantees an initial interview just because folks are curious about Google and why you would ever want to leave.

    Cons

    No career development / ladder / useful feedback. If you're not Eng, you're nothing.

    FAIR WARNING: When you realize there is more to a career than free food and you start to apply with other companies you will most likely be asked if you know how to behave yourself / act like an adult / perform in a traditional office environment.

    Advice to Management

    You can't hire top tier college attending, 4.0 earning, type A, OCD personalities then expect them to do menial work. Contract it out, or recognize that there are plenty of people in this world who would be THRILLED to do said menial tasks, and get rid of the ridiculous hiring requirements for those positions.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Weird Culture"

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    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.

  3. "Cool internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great array of internal learning resources.
    - Great internship program, a lot of interns for all over the world.
    - Great place to meet other smart people and make new friends.
    - Great food, and there are many fun events throughout the summer.

    Cons

    - Most tools used are internal-only instead of open-source, so you may not gain a lot of transferrable skills.
    - Big company, not a lot of transparency and can't make a big impact.

    Advice to Management

    I like the way you take care of your employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "nice experience as an intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    It has the most free and relaxing environment among IT companies. Let alone the competitive salary and yummy food.

    Cons

    As a ordinary employee it is difficult to see the whole picture of where your project is going.

    Advice to Management

    I was an intern graduate student there and did not have much experience to answer this question.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Ok, not as great as the main campus in Mountain View"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Overall an ok place to work. Good food, smart co workers. Fairly interesting work, though not always. Upper management is very transparent and open.

    Cons

    The Seattle office is definitely more top down and autocratic than most other Google offices. Far less freedom to change projects and work on things that interest you.

    Advice to Management

    stop hiring so fast


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Google IS All That"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior People Programs Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior People Programs Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Delicious, healthy gourmet meals - for free
    Intelligent, hard-working co-workers who are all such interesting people with incredible talents beyond their work
    Great balance - you can learn and play at work and mgmt supports this
    Lots of career opportunities
    Good resume builder

    Cons

    Big company means that jobs become very specialized
    It's a bit chaotic - great if you are good with change and ambiguity - but some people have a hard time
    Engineering is treated as a golden child so if you are in another part of the company, you are often not treated as respected or treated quite as well - that said, most perks and benefits are company-wide

    Advice to Management

    Stick to the core principles that make Google great and always take the high road
    Don't operate out of fear (e.g. last year's layoffs)
    Keep trying to create space for innovation even as processes become solidified


  7. Helpful (3)

    "The highs and lows"

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    Former Employee - Compliance Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Compliance Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work here. I had yet to meet anyone that I would consider incompetent.

    Cons

    Career advancement and promotions are vague. Job titles mean nothing -- you can be doing something someone 2 levels higher is doing, but you won't get paid the same.

    Advice to Management

    Create better policies around advancement and promotions. Keep people interested by giving them work that matches their strengths and values.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A great place for software engineers, but not researchers"

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    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Total compensation is very good. Benefits are good, too. Free food, drinks, and stuff. Very flexible work environment. Flat hierarchy of management. Huge codebases to start with. Good for software engineers to develop skills. Good to put on resume.

    Cons

    Work pressure is big. The company likes code better than research ideas. Research progress is slow due to the constraints on the tools.

    Advice to Management

    Google research can be more dedicated on advancing the state-of-the-art to compete with other industrial research labs such as Microsoft Research and IBM T.J. Watson Research Center.


  9. "my headsss"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    workinng on new products with break thru in tech in all the areas of s/w dev in the feild of comp sc

    Cons

    to greedy company and kills all the other business and is a real hard to manage this huge company al

    Advice to Management

    i dont want to advice anything to them bcoz they know wat they are doing and let them do it


  10. Helpful (5)

    "one of the great companies of our time"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is no finer collection of engineering talent on the planet. Good perks, great free food. Fantastic talks from visiting speakers.

    Cons

    Google doesn't compete on speed -- it competes on quality. In that regard it is a lot like Blizzard. So if you're entrepreneurial and like to attack new markets this is not a good place for you.

    Advice to Management

    guys, you still think you can attack any market. The reality is: Google's culture produces high quality, high performance products ... slowly. Therefore, don't waste your time and effort competing in rapidly evolving markets like social networks -- concentrate instead on staid and stodgy markets where the dominant design is clear and quality, performance and cost are significant differentiators. Android, Chrome and Chrome OS are good examples, but also, why not kill Oracle, EMC, Cloudera, etc.? As for facebook, wait for social networking to mature, then fight on quality.