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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 304 reviews)

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  1. "Fantastic company, great career path, company values and work/life balance!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great crowd, knowledge base, infrastructure, amazing benefits, minimal bureaucracy, transparency, company genuinely cares about their employee's happiness, and the result is a very happy and fun place to work at.

    Cons

    Steep learning curve, be prepared to have to constantly adapt and refactor code. Getting tasks done is a bit harder than usual here as there are a lot more things to take into consideration, such as scale, security, testing, etc. (but granted they also yield a lot better results than in other places). It gets better with time though.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve internal tools & libraries and make them as easy and fun to use as the public APIs we provide!


  2. "Excellent place to work"

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    smart peers, value on work life balance, open culture internally, excellent benefits, nice work space

    Cons

    large and sometimes feels like it, need to coordinate with my teams/stakeholders

  3. "Very pleasing."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    The employers were very understandful.

    Cons

    Not one I can see right now.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "An amazing company."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great flexibility and very friendly work environment.

    Cons

    A lot of inquisitive questions from outsiders about inside work.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineering internship at Google"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Highest pay around.
    + Free meals & food, transportation, housing, gym access, car sharing.
    + Access to the brightest minds in the industry.
    + Chance to work on real, production code that will be used while you still work there.

    Cons

    Honestly, I have had nothing but a good experience working here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Keep on integrating interns into the core of company life: encourage meetings and access to management.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Google Offers Staff Made Me Miserable"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Google Offers Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Google Offers Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great facility with anything and everything you can think of. My team members were great to work with and there was a great positive energy amongst the sales team members.

    Cons

    Managers had their heads up their back sides. They lacked direction, clarity and felt that books were a better resource than experience. If the managers felt threatened by their employees they chased them out. A manager would fight for the people he liked and if he didn't like you he would ignore your emails and any possible contact. Leads were not assigned they were up for grabs. They would set people up for failure by giving new people old territories. It was not common to call a lead that already had been in contact with someone else months prior and the owner or manager would complain about duplicate calls and false promises. Even if the person would request to speak to a manager it would take 2-3 weeks to get a manager to call them back.

    Advice to Management

    Get organized have a plan of action. Assign leads appropriately and recognize the ones that perform and not the ones that under perform. Do not promote people who did not hit their goal for 6 months in a row, while others who did, were let go. The slogans "We are Google" or "I went to Harvard" should not be used in terms of clients needing Google's service or that your sales experience is nothing because I have an MBA from Harvard. I used this phrase all the time when I interacted with my manager " So smart but your so stupid" The books may have taught you how to sell but if you dont pick up the phone and do it your guidance doesn't mean anything if you do not know how to overcome objections. As I said but "We Are Google" did not work with people. Put up or shut up!


  7. "great big company to work for but very team specific"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager Corporate Development in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Manager Corporate Development in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great products and benefits, some teams are awesome

    Cons

    too big, very specific to teams - make sure you join a good team with a good manager, there are a lot of bad managers there.

    Advice to Management

    you can get rid of 10-20% of people at any time and the company would not miss a heart beat..do it.
    institute a 10% firing rule every year

  8. "Great place for intern"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA
    Former Intern - Software Engineer Intern in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free food.
    Free drink.
    Gym, Game, everything.
    Good work environment.
    Flexible work hours.
    Code review process.

    Cons

    Not too many things to complain.
    It is the best intern experience I have ever had.


  9. "6 year Googler"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone in engineering is very smart and nice. As a nerd, I feel right at home.
    Excellent benefits.
    Amazing infrastructure to do your job.
    Interesting problems.

    Cons

    Everything is pretty complicated so a lot of work goes into researching potential adverse interactions.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great company, great product, but too big now."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great product, great culture. I love the google search, and android system, gmail etc.

    Cons

    Too big now, not as good as before. The google plus is very disappointing, seems too many managment now. However it is common in every big company.


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