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Updated January 14, 2019
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  1. "Good Company to Work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    - perks are phenomenal, food, health, office

    Cons

    - work life balance is hard to manage


  2. "Great culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Very inspiring engineers to work with.

    Cons

    Easy to get lost, as it is such a big company.

  3. "Good place to work - atmosphere depends on your location"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible hours, opportunity if you want it.
    Atmosphere and stress really depends on the location where you work.

    Cons

    Company is getting bigger and it is easier to feel lost in it.

    Advice to Management

    Be agile, focus on customers and solving real problems instead of just doing interesting work.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Not perfect, but still the best place in the world to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager I in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager I in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - A company culture that encourages dissent, discourse, transparency, and fairness
    - Strong compensation, from benefits, to perks, to base pay
    - Decent internal mobility opportunities
    - Employees are proud to work on globally impactful products, leading to a great sense of pride
    - Lots of opportunities to get involved in extracurriculars: sports teams, affinity groups, plan events, lead debate on internal company/cultural issues

    Cons

    - A company with over 90k people at the time of this review, and you can feel the size
    - A hierarchical company (due to its size), so don't expect to lead world changing projects and work with the CEO if you're a junior person
    - A company that has valued employees in somewhat of a tiered way: tech jobs are most respected, business jobs are 2nd class, vendors/temps/contractors are treated in an exclusionary way (usually because it is legally required to do so)
    - Employees can be overly sensitive and entitled
    - Mobility is great in the same functional discipline, switching between functional disciplines (i.e. sales to eng) is a nightmare

    Advice to Management

    - Just because a small percentage of the company is screaming and shouting about certain issues doesn't mean it necessarily reflects the viewpoint of the entirety of the company.

    - Feels like we're losing our 'edge' and aggressiveness in the markets we're are invested in. We can be Googley and ruthless (a.k.a business savvy) at the same time.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, free food, and great culture.

    Cons

    Big company, prepare to move much slower than a startup.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    The people are awesome.
    Lots of perks.
    Reduce administrative burdens.
    The food is great.
    There's a wide variety of tasks.

    Cons

    There's sometimes too wide a variety of things you can work on.


  7. "Is very good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    is very good. is very very good

    Cons

    You work a lot. Like a lot

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Google"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Google Specialist in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Google Specialist in Dearborn, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google is one of the beast Company in the world

    Cons

    You have to work hard


  9. Helpful (1)

    "IT Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Flexible timings, surrounded by technical experts and platform to grow and new ideas

    Cons

    None as of now, all good!


  10. "Senior Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    So many brilliant people
    Tons of resources
    Working on amazingly cool technologies
    Great culture - they really care about employees, actively ask for feedback, and act on it (e.g. Set corporate OKR's to improve on problem issues)

    Cons

    Becoming highly bureaucratic
    Growing political back stabbing, especially at the senior management levels