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Pros
  • Good work-life balance for those who aren't extremely career driven (in 331 reviews)

  • lots of happy hours and the free food is as great as everyone says it is (in 544 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very challenging (in 266 reviews)

  • Big company so project scope is very small (in 222 reviews)

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  1. "6 year Googler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  2. "It has been a pleasant experience..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Account Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company......
    Dream company of anyone....

    Cons

    Very hard to get a chance to be in this company...


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with tons of benefits and a simulating work environment."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advertising Technology Senior Associate in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Advertising Technology Senior Associate in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Google not only has amazing benefits including great health care/dental/vision, 401K contribution-matching, free food, gym, etc., but it provides amazing resources for skill-building. The company has an entire organization dedicated to providing in-house classes from everything to excel to presentation skills. The company also promotes its workers to bring their own ideas to the table and execute them no matter their level in the department.

    Cons

    Because there are so many bright people working at Google, it's difficult to stand out and get recognized for a job well done. There is a quota on promotions that can be given out each period, and there is lack of visibility on the criteria involved. There are a lot of lateral movement opportunities but not upward movement within a department.


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  5. "Good place to work but not much work to do"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Programmer in New York, NY
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free food, Massage centre, heavy facilities.Reputed company.Big company,friendly environment

    Cons

    Not use of one's talent, not much work to do,

    Advice to Management

    Please it is good if you are installing so many facilities in your company for your employees but please use them also to their extend


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Lean but comfortable environment to get stuff done and change the world"

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

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

    Pros

    - Integrated Product, Engineering and UX teams
    - Focus is on the user and improving product
    - Incredibly sophisticated software development practices and agility
    - Transparency of the organization
    - Really smart leadership team
    - Very comprehensive benefits & perks
    - Strong education program

    Cons

    - Limited upside prospects unless you're (a) personally critical to the business and (b) threatening to leave for another company
    - HR process for internal mobility isn't working well
    - Opaque resource allocation process

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to director recruitment. Of all the management levels, it is the one where I've observed the most variation in quality.


  7. "Lots of benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company will take care of you. You will have the best health coverage you can think about and most likely your salary will be above average. You get to work with really smart people.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment some times to much. Some people will not share information to get ahead of you.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing a really good job.


  8. "Great place to intern, not a lot of structure, though."

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

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

    Pros

    Great program, environment, good perks

    Cons

    Not a lot of structure in terms of goals and evaluation


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Best company in the world..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting to work for a company who values your ideas. Very smart and talented group of people!

    Cons

    A bit harder to climb the corporate ladder when you're working in a regional office. Those folks in regional offices, know what I mean.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the doors open.


  10. "Best company to work for, really"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and coworkers. Everyone is really open and sharing and it is a great atmosphere. The company is also very open with everything that is going on,

    Cons

    Really none with the company, but living expenses in the bay area are crazy and although salaries are good they don't make up for the cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing :)


  11. "Great people, dynamic start-up culture."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bus Dev in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Bus Dev in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Google full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Artificial Intelligence Scientists were super smart and fun to work with.
    Learned a ton.

    Cons

    Shifted strategies a couple times. May have been worthwhile to see how certain ones played out before shifting again.