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Google Software Engineer Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2019

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  1. "Good place to work"

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      Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer 

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Strong engineering culture, people who like to get things done, treats employees well.

      Cons

      Getting a bit too large

      Google2019-06-18
    • Helpful (969)

      "Great balance between big-company security and fun, fast-moving projects"

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

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      * If you're a software engineer, you're among the kings of the hill at Google. It's an engineer-driven company without a doubt (that *is* changing, but it's still very engineer-focused). * The perks are amazing. Yes, free breakfast, lunch, an dinner every weekday. Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in...

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      Cons

      * It *is* becoming larger, and with it comes growing pains: bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension (though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft's internal tension). * The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping, but possibly not. It's hard to get real metrics, because as the absolute number of people grows, naturally the number of bad apples grows; as a...

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      Advice to Management

      Keep the focus on the user. Everything else will follow.

      Google2014-05-10
    • "Software Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
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      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Best environment, flexible environment, room to grow

      Cons

      I can't complain much about the company

      Google2019-06-17
    • "Great Company, Great Benefits"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Sunnyvale, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Google for less than a year

      Pros

      Free food, good technical infrastructure. Fun work environment.

      Cons

      Company is a profit machine, just trying to slowly expand brand. Company products solve false problems instead of real ones.

      Google2019-06-15
    • "Great company - going thru growing pains"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Google full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Amazing people to work with, exciting technology, high impact work.

      Cons

      For a company that is all about scale, its biggest problem is scaling to the # employees and the expanding breadth of scope. Some areas are very top heavy.

      Advice to Management

      Don't lose the engineering focused culture of trust and openness.

      Google2019-06-14
    • "Great Company Culture!"

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        Former Employee - Software Engineer 

        I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Everyone is overall very friendly and generally supportive!

        Cons

        A little stressful but definitely rewarding!

        Google2019-06-14
      • "Great learning opportunity, given the right team"

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        Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Mountain View, CA
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        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Google for less than a year

        Pros

        - Sharp colleagues: Everyone on my team was on top of their game, and you can count on coworkers to deliver what they promise - Strong engineering culture: Emphasis on getting big design decisions right the first time around - Youthful-minded, dynamic environment: People are excited to be there, and value perspectives different from the usual 20-something programmer guy (speaking as a 20-something programmer guy - tech...

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        Cons

        - Location: Interesting projects are in Mountain View, deep in the south Bay suburban wasteland - Huge company: You can have a less positive experience if you get stuck with a team where you don't mesh

        Advice to Management

        Your culture is the secret sauce that makes Google a desirable place for brilliant, innovative people. Don't compromise that for short term business objectives (i.e. ever-increasing quarterly ad revenue).

        Google2019-06-11
      • "Great company to work for"

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        Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I have been working at Google full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        Many interesting projects to work on and one of the few corporations with good values and company culture

        Cons

        Fast paced and sometime stressful

        Google2019-06-12
      • Helpful (7)

        "Excellent place to get ahead on retirement savings"

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        Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Google full-time for more than 8 years

        Pros

        Excellent stock & bonus, if you live on your salary you'll be making some serious bank towards retirement.

        Cons

        Competition both to get in and to get promoted is severe and steep. You'll be making slow progress, if any, towards goals of advancement in title and responsibilities.

        Google2019-05-19
      • "Flexible"

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        Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

        Pros

        Flexible working time. Good meals. Relaxing working environment.

        Cons

        No cons to be reported

        Google2019-06-11
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