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Google San Bruno Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 294 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 253 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super flexible working hours
    Good pay
    Do as much work as you want and get recognized for as much as you do

    Cons

    Getting somewhat cumbersome to do some development tasks, due to larger overhead


  2. "Great perks! Less than ideal treatment to contractors..."

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Project Manager in San Bruno, CA
    Former Contractor - Marketing Project Manager in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full time employees are treated like everyday's a vacation!

    Cons

    Contract employees are treated like disposable chopsticks...

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    None, everything is horrible at this place

    Cons

    Horrible place to work at

    Advice to Management

    Grow up


  4. "Awesome company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing perks, competitive pay, cool work environment

    Cons

    It's hard to have a work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    You are so amazing to your employees! Thank you.


  5. Helpful (17)

    "User Experience Researcher / always was Product Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Researcher in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork, always someone who can help, competitive, fun environment, free food, intelligent colleagues everywhere

    Cons

    not family-friendly now that I have kids - I don't wan to spend time playing ping pong and taking advantage of free fun events. I want to get home with my kids.

    Advice to Management

    Your long term employees are now having kids and are struggling to both work at the same pace we kept up years ago and to also be good moms/ parents. It's a truly stressful struggle.


  6. "Senior Automation Engineer"

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    Current Contractor - Senior Automation Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Contractor - Senior Automation Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment, lot to learn.

    Cons

    Nothing that i can think of.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "UX Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are amazing. You get to work with awesome people to solve very complex problems at scale

    Cons

    Some bureaucracy for decision making

    Advice to Management

    Allow engineers to make more decisions to try new ideas

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Google Campus was awesome!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Front End Developer in San Bruno, CA
    Former Contractor - Front End Developer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free meal, free drinks, free coffee... It is free pretty much anything in the office. Staying in the office is much more comfortable than my home, thats for sure :))

    Cons

    There are many genius at Google. It is little challenging and annoying to deal with genius people sometimes, because they thought they know everything.


  9. "Overall, an enjoyable place to spend the summer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved the weekly all company meetings. Makes you feel very connected to some of what is going on around Google.

    Cons

    As an intern, the project I was assigned differed from what I thought I had agreed to before I was hired.


  10. "The perks are great, but the work itself is meh."

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    Current Contractor - VIA Reviewer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Contractor - VIA Reviewer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At YouTube we get free food 3x a day, free gym access, free shows and entertainment opportunities, etc. Our schedule is very flexible and the managers are amazing.

    Cons

    The work is not challenging at all for my particular team, and we don't ever get paid time off. I should clarify that I'm on as a contractor, not a full-time employee.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your contractors on mandatory holidays.


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