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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience for a recent grad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good perks, friendly and laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    doesnt seem to be a streamlined process for training new hires


  2. "I am totally satisfied with the work culture"

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

    Pros

    Quality of work is good. You can choose what you want to work.

    Cons

    Challenging envirnorment. Lot of work to be done.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Lot of Activity - What are we Doing?"

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

    Pros

    - Perks (cafeterias, massage, wellness programs, commuter shuttles, bowling alley (!) etc. etc.) are amazing
    - Sharp people
    - Flexible work environment
    - Strong teamwork culture

    Cons

    - A lot of concurrent initiatives, but unsure of status/followthrough/reasons for these initiatives
    - A sense that we are over-hiring
    - Commitment to "dogfooding" is admirable--but sometimes it's OK to use a non-Google application to manage some of our work.
    - There is a tendency to promote people who need more seasoning. Managing people is not a perk of promotion, and not everyone can be a manager.

    Advice to Management

    - Clearer focus. Where are we going? How are we getting there?
    - Clearer feedback regarding expectations of managers.
    - Stronger management development program is needed.


  4. "Great! Fun!"

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    Former Employee - Sourcer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Sourcer in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flex hours, great food, easy

    Cons

    not challenging enough. Should have offered a longer contract

    Advice to Management

    nothing


  5. Helpful (2)

    "It is a pleasure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Best Work Life Balance ever seen

    Cons

    Poor Career Growth
    Promotion review is dysfunctional

    Advice to Management

    get real!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It's good."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the technology, culture and perks in Google. I like the fact that Google has many offices all over the world.

    Cons

    It grows to 30,000 employees by the end of 2011. and It starts to show similar problems as the previous big companies.

    Advice to Management

    They should focus on our main business such as search, ads, mobile and make progress faster. Don't create more intermediate layers in hierarchy.


  7. "Not bad experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Energy atmosphere
    High expectations
    Benefits
    Package
    Perks
    Good place to try out once. Though you have to fight for good work and to be recognized.

    Cons

    Ok food
    Disrespect from program managers

  8. "Satisfactory"

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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

    Dynamic, innovative, creative and simplicity

    Cons

    Competitive, demanding, and long hours


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Inconsistent managers plague Google"

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    Former Employee - Engineering and Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering and Sales in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Perks, food, successful company, some cool products, resume builder

    Cons

    Your time at Google is entirely dependent on the capabilities of your manager.

    I worked in MTV for 4.5 years and I've never been at a place with more inconsistent quality of managers. I reported to 6 managers during my time. A few were great, but others were horrifyingly bad. Had enough with my last manager, who was self serving and not well liked by his group, yet the company did NOTHING to remove him. Decided to chart my own course by joining a startup that was more human focused. Have not regretted my decision whatsoever. Much happier now. Too many Google managers are often the victim of their own hubris + lack of real world experience.

    In 2005, Google was a place where you could change things and make decisions quickly. Now, it is a place to be a cog in a giant profit machine.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people based on metrics like academic pedigree and grade point average. Focus on human skills and leadership ability. Proactively address cases of poor middle management rather than sticking your head in the sand.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Terrific people, interesting and challenging problems to work on, with amazing collaborators at every level, high impact (huge numbers of users), wonderful work environment (food, space, lack of bureaucracy), awesome to be able to get help with whatever on a mailing list at practically any time of day or night.

    Cons

    C++ can be a pain (coming from lisp). It's good and bad that code changes so quickly that much of what one learns become rapidly obsolete -- and there's a gargantuan amount to learn, so one feels pretty inept for the first few months or more. Then again, it means things get better quickly when broken.

    Advice to Management

    Make clearer the leadership attention paid to concerns raised within the company.