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Google Software Engineer Reviews

Updated August 18, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 290 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 245 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome place"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice work life balance. Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Too many teams doing the same thing.


  2. "Excellent starting pay and working environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The envoronment we work in is far more exceptional than what google states it

    Cons

    On the occasion, we will be required to work late which im not a fan of

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Love my job"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Incredible people, I'm so fortunate to work here

    Cons

    There really aren't any, it's a lovely job!

    Advice to Management

    Keep that stock price increasing


  4. "Good"

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    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good, I love Google, really fun

    Cons

    No cons it's a great place


  5. "Awesome."

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and perks. Coworkers are often very nice as well. Also, there are a ton of tools and best practices they push onto you. Code quality is superb.

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel very small. Google is a massive company and you can imagine how hard it is to stand out and do work that is unique.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Google as a TVC"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free food, lots of space, and interesting things happening - #1
    Fairly relaxed work environment - #2

    Cons

    Too big and diverse and has no cogent policy toward TVC's. (TVC=Temp, vendor, contractor). As a software developer TVC - Contractor, this is a big problem. Jump thru many hoops to get access, and never got VPN. Exited Google @ 6 months. Tough to be productive.
    Without policies, each group in Google is probably a different experience. Mine was not good. Work was easy, but creativity was curtailed, by group management dismissing TVC ideas.
    Google clings to Google made software to use inside google as well which for office and data processing is often inferior.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up! Everybody including Google is majorly contractors (or TVC's). Have a good, cogent and explicit policy. VPN and remote work is needed. Make sure that each group, follows the policy. Do not send e-mails inviting everybody but not TVC's. Do not listen to lawyers, and treat TVC's as a restricted Class.
    Outside of Google, TVC equivalents are much better treated.
    Check on TVC turnover.


  7. "just me"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good salarie food and friends

    Cons

    Far from home and a little bit solitaire

  8. "Large stable company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture, benefits, company as a whole. A lot of companies care either about their users or their employees. Google cares a lot about both.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get simple things done because it is such a large company. That being said, when a small change is made it immediately affects millions of users.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing SUmmer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, never met an annoying person. The social values of the company are great. Relaxed environment is a big plus.

    Cons

    Stockholm syndrome :/ It is easy to feel intimidated. Google is a big company with a lot of insider technologies; don't expect to know it all from day one.


  10. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google (More than a year)

    Pros

    free lunches, free sport, flexible timetable

    Cons

    i didn't really see any inconvenients

    Advice to Management

    keep doing the great job it's fantastic


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