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Updated February 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance for those who aren't extremely career driven (in 331 reviews)

  • lots of happy hours and the free food is as great as everyone says it is (in 544 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be very challenging (in 266 reviews)

  • Big company so project scope is very small (in 222 reviews)

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  1. "Can't complain"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The best benefits I know of in Australia.
    - Great colleagues (for the most part).
    - Big, genuine emphasis on diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
    - Mostly good work life balance, though this does depend on the team and function you work in.

    Cons

    - With a lot of type A high achievers it gets very competitive as everyone wants to climb up.
    - Many functions work globally which means meetings at all hours of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the ultimate Google value of putting the user first instead of focusing on short term deliverables and OKRs. I see a lot of competition between the different teams where everyone just wants to shine instead of doing what's right for the overall company and it's customers.


  2. "One of the best"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance, technology, learning, and career growth

    Cons

    Long working hours sometimes, otherwise its perfect.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on new technologies.


  3. "UX Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - User Experience Designer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Contractor - User Experience Designer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging, inventive, rewarding company to work for and teams to collaborate with.

    Cons

    Full time interview process is very lengthy and grueling


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  5. "Good employeer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people. Doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Large company. Some politics and middle management problems.


  6. "Working at Google"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google really makes you feel that they really care about you. Everything is well organized, people are really friendly. You will also get a lot of opportunities to grow your career.

    Cons

    Most of the technologies are built on top of Google's own infrastructure, so the learning curve is steep for a new joiner.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    best job ever, i just cant explain how good this job is...such a good times in the office..we we`re always free to share our ideas

    Cons

    A little over pressuring


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work as expected, but also very much a cooporate"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome culture as you would expect. People are smart and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    At times the company felt slow moving and very corporate with lots of top-down decision making that feels detached from the engineers on the group.

    You never feel like you are working on the coolest Google product, there are so many.

    Although culture is friendly it doesn't feel like a family.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Still an amazing company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing perks, amazing co-workers, unique ability to influence the world.

    Cons

    There is no getting around the fact that Google is a big company now.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to foster internal competition - Google is too big to allow only one team to tackle each space.


  10. "Awesome place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Engineering in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Intern - Software Engineering in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great facilities
    Great flexibility of working hours
    Freedom for creativity
    Great pay
    Great team working experience
    Great atmosphere

    Cons

    There are actually no such cons to specify here right now.


  11. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People, supportive hr interesting work

    Cons

    Pay disparity, dependant on your team



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