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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. Helpful (1)

    "Dynamic and fast-paced"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place for fresh grads. Dynamic and full of energy. A lot of independence. A place to network with very capable people. Good for learning cutting-edge engineering and networking.

    Cons

    It seems that there is somewhat shortage of clarify about people's functions over there. Overlap of work is common. But most of people are very bright working there. It seems many people care more about enhancement of PowerPoint rather than company products. Still it is a company with great potential.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce a lot of mid-layers of management (i.e., those forwarding emails around). Focus on core engineering development. Avoid redundancy in many peripheral functions. Google will remain No. 1 in search for many many years to come.


  2. "Great employer, but not for everyone"

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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 benefits, chill work atmosphere

    Cons

    work-life balance sub-par, to shallow management hierarchy

  3. "good"

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

    Pros

    good, you can have a lot of fun with a lot of talented guys and gals it's really nice place.

    Cons

    not good some times, but especially when deadline is approaching, it would be really hard to finish everything before the deadline but you

    Advice to Management

    it is a really good place to culvalivte your leadership. You can make a lot of friends there too, and.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic people, great perks, huge global impact"

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    Current Employee - Localization in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Localization in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great...
    ...global impact & scale
    ...for resume & prof. growth
    --people
    ---perks
    ---culture
    ----work-life balance
    ----great training resources

    Cons

    ---poor middle mgmt.
    ---no career growth
    ---low salary

    Advice to Management

    Fire managers that are incapable of being a good leader.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "awsome"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    innovation, creativity, the chance to do anything with the 20 percent time. The chance to work on innovative products along side with some extremely smart people.

    Cons

    It too big. Not like the days of the .com. Their options are worthless. Managers want to protect their butts. benefits suck

    Advice to Management

    be flexible like the .com days, don't be too greed, let employees have a difference, let there be true innovation, I want to party


  6. "Fast paced."

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

    Pros

    Always on the leading edge of technology. High pressure workplace but high rewards. Access to all technologies. No limit on hardware.

    Cons

    Not best place to work when balancing home/work/religion. Extreme pressure to complete tasks on-time. Little time to exercise as work consumes all your time.

    Advice to Management

    To stay in the forefront in search and other web technologies Google must continue to push employees. Employees know what they are getting into when they are hired.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiting at Google is an experience you must not miss"

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    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Recruiter in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The teamwork is wonderful and supportive, though competitive as all get out. Recruiting for the best of the best is an interesting and vital experience at Google. The ATS is wonderful, compared to others out there. The culture is vital, dynamic and engaging.

    Cons

    The up and down sides are there is a lot of change. Google does not get stale, that is for sure. But the processes change a lot which makes it a little less sticky than it "should" be, IMHO. There is a lot of social competitiveness that is very intense, but that does drive excellence, even if you do feel like your job could end any minute.

    Advice to Management

    I think the leaders need to lead more and accept the performers that are not excellent but highly functional. That way you can keep people for the long haul.

  8. "good pay, great perks"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great perks and pay. You can be proud to tell your mom you work there. Work/Life balance is good. Employees are good people to know now and for the future. Work on great products that hundreds of millions or billions of people will use.

    Cons

    as much as it does not want to be one, it is a big company and too easy for people/projects to get lost in the mix. NY Office is big, but definitely suffers form not being in Mountain View.


  9. "Fantastic"

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

    Pros

    Google is a great place to work at. Good people, awesome pay and fun culture.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  10. "very good atmosphere."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, atmosphere, decorum, all very strong at google.

    Cons

    advancement opportunities stop after middle management

    Advice to Management

    keep doing it and you will have happy employees


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