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Google Senior Engineer Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 309 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 271 reviews)

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  1. "If you got to work for someone else, this is the one"

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    • 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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Virtually unlimited resources, many companies under the same umbrella, possibility to work on a very wide range of fields.

    Cons

    You'll be a drop in an ocean of many other very smart people. Which isn't all that bad, but if you are looking for front-lines action, you may be disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what people say. There's an increasing risk of management getting too detached from the "common folk" or the every day engineers.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Managers don't manage"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work if you are a young, single, male software engineer.

    Cons

    Not a great place to work if you have a family, are female or have to manage people. Most managers do not have any management training, nor are they given any. There is no recognition given to engineering managers for their ability to help people's careers, performance, or as to how happy their people are with their manager. Almost all emphasis is placed on an engineering manager's technical contribution. Therefore, there is no incentive for managers to treat their employees well, meet with them or help them. Nor is there much incentive for managers to make good business decisions. Most engineering managers only care that they did something technically interesting. Whether it fails or not is not important. Whether it contributes to the company's strategy or business is not important. And certainly, whether their people grow and move forward with their careers is not important.

    Advice to Management

    There are 10 qualities that Google identifies as making good managers. Start measuring your managers on those qualities!

  3. "Great company to work for"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent culture
    - Intelligent and friendly colleagues

    Cons

    - You'll feel like a small cog in a giant wheel


  4. "Google Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, fun to work at

    Cons

    Long hours, high competition and hard work


  5. "great company!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good compensation with all kinds of perks. Also engineering center culture and a heaven for software engineers.

    Cons

    too big. worked like in a big machine and you are just a tiny screw,

    Advice to Management

    please give engineers more chances to advance in their career.


  6. "Awesome Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great company.

    Cons

    There are no cons at this company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great company with some culture flaws"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior 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

    What they say is true. It's a great place to work. Compensation and work/life balance are excellent. Colleagues are top notch engineers. Decision making is mostly sound.

    Cons

    Google has become a bit overly politicized. Communication over internal messaging often carries a disrespectful tone. People pass this off as openness and transparency, but this stuff could be communicated much more professionally. Blunt is ok, rude is not.

    All that said, the culture issues are macro-level - within teams people are almost always respectful of each other. Quite a good environment.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership should emphasize respect & our shared mission, and de-emphasize politics. This will help keep our organization cohesive as we grow larger.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A big company problem"

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    Current Employee - Senior Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Site Reliability Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - innovation everywhere
    - smart people
    - good perks

    Cons

    - politics
    - T5+ promotion is difficult


  9. "Great place to work in."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good growth perspectives. Interesting work. Good pay in many offices.

    Cons

    Too little vacation in US.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Extremely long hours. Your co-workers are only in it for themselves."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free food
    - On-site Gym
    - Everyone will like you more because you work for Google

    Cons

    - Everyone outside of work won't stop asking about Google
    - All of the free food and dessert will make you fat
    - Co-workers with a god complex everywhere. They're all at the top of their games with little humility. You will get lonely.
    - Minimal chance for advancement
    - Everyone is on edge here. No one can relax. You will get lonely.
    - My co-worker insulted a Chinese co-worker all the time and no one said a word which is indicative of the culture here.
    - Long commute times on the over-packed buses akin to taking two coach flights per day on the smallest airplane.
    - Outdated equipment
    - Broken toilets everywhere. Broken bikes everywhere. Everything is broken.
    - Knowing that this is the best job on that planet makes all of this even more depressing
    - The Google exceptionalism mentality permeates everything and everyone here.
    - Low wages compared to competition
    - I could go on and on