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Google Senior Engineer Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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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 (1)

    "The Best of the Best"

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    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

    Smart, motivated colleagues. Hard problems. Great perks.

    Cons

    Meritocracy fails to account for luck/"right-place, right-time."

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that good talent can still land in a bad team and/or toxic environment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work! Would highly recommend it, especially with all the perks and compensation."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, brilliant co-workers, billions of users, free food. I couldn't imagine a better large corporate culture that still tries to be agile.

    Cons

    Small project variety in Kirkland. Still plenty of bureaucracy in large projects. Massive re-orgs.


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    "Pleasant enough, but overly bureaucratic."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good pay.
    Great perks.
    Relaxed environment.
    Challenging problems, with scale and variety not available elsewhere.

    Cons

    It is hard to make a positive impact in such a large company.
    Most positions are in California
    Crowded offices, cramped spaces.
    A bit blokey

    Advice to Management

    All Google employees have options, we don't have to stay.


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  5. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best infrastructure on the planet, awesome computation capability

    Cons

    Some common big company problems, complicated procedures

    Advice to Management

    Keep the freedom as if it is a small company


  6. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and perks
    Some very interesting projects to work on that can have a major impact
    Opportunity to improve yourself through training and interaction with world-class colleagues

    Cons

    The crown jewels are at the main campus in Mountain View. There aren't as many opportunities for great projects at smaller offices.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let bureaucracy creep in


  7. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Culture; We are changing the world.

    Cons

    Too big a company; Things doing are too trivial.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure. Improve on the cons?


  8. "Great company. Incredible people. Challenging projects."

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google has a plethora of opportunities for anyone who enjoys challenges, ambiguity leading to disruptive market forces and incredible rewards, emotionally and financially.

    Cons

    As Google grows, it gets harder to find the resources to pursue entrepreneurial projects. Groups can be too territorial and that makes it hard to get some things done.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on disruption first then scale. Not the other way around.


  9. "Best large corporation to work for as an engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Google engineers tend to be great people to work with and the infrastructure is better than anything else in the world. The benefits are also excellent.

    Cons

    It's hard to keep track of what other people are doing in such a large organization so sometimes you accidentally duplicate work.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more experimental new services under a different brand name.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "excellent benefits, frustrating sometimes"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a great place in terms of benefits and freedom of work

    Cons

    A bit cumbersome now due to its size

    Advice to Management

    start listening to engineers


  11. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great projects. Lots of smart people. You can be very independent.

    Cons

    Very disorganized management. Too much bureaucracy.