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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 270 reviews)

  • Google is a big company with a lot of insider technologies; don't expect to know it all from day one (in 231 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Pleasant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good infrastructure, generally reasonable coworkers.

    Cons

    Promotion by committee means it's harder to get recognized for an obscure project or brunt work maintaining important stuff than for working on 'sexy' projects.

    Advice to Management

    Do something to unbreak the promotion system.


  2. "Amazing place to work as long as your role is fulfilling."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing culture, great opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for vertical career growth.


  3. "Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SWE in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - SWE in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a blast in Google with all the freebies, excellent people to work with. Competitive atmosphere. people are great. opportunities for development

    Cons

    Not much downside. space is a problem with large growth. sometimes group compete with each other. managers are usually cool


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Once the novelty sunk in, it's just another nice company to work for in the silicon valley"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Save $ on food and transportation

    Cons

    Google values GPA over past work experience on new employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operation Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Operation Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You had great perks you can not get with any other company. Your treated like a super star at work!

    Cons

    The company is extremely large, it is hard to get to know your co-workers.


  7. "Good place to work, especially for new graduates."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, good benefits, nice workplace....
    Many young people.

    Cons

    Not sure if it is in its peak. It will eventually going down, just like microsoft, cisco.....


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Everybody loves you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Visitor Greeter in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Visitor Greeter in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    everyone wants to join Google because it is a giant party. Free Food, onsite everything, free seminars, movies and lectures. But you have go to produce. They don't care if you party all week long but when the deadline arrives, you need to deliver.

    Cons

    Engineers rule at Google. Leadership and management are weak, as these geeky guys and gals are more comfortable talking to their keyboard then to subordinates. The lack of leadership is one of the great weaknesses for this organization.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership matters. You can't just throw a bunch of engineers at a problem with little oversight, planning and motivation and hope to have a happy ending.


  9. "Furthering my education"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Recruiter in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career development, impact and range.

    Cons

    Compensation and lack of transparency at times.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "There are many things to love about working at Google, but the PEOPLE that work here are the best."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pick a passion and run with it. You make your career at Google, not your manager.

    Cons

    MBA/Mckinsey management takeover has depleted the entrepreneurial spirit in some groups (but not all).


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting work and smart people, but very hierarchical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, good connections, looks great on resume, interesting projects, provides transportation if applicable, lots of resources and funding for projects

    Cons

    Hierarchical, lots of levels of management, not a design focused company, "the more features the better" perspective, some copying of other startup ideas.

    Advice to Management

    focus on new products are are simple and innovative rather than stuffing every possible feature in each product.