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Google Tokyo Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 288 reviews)

  • Sometimes you feel you are very alone in this big company (in 242 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Scale of work - millions of customers

    Cons

    Slow and conservative in some areas


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work for."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Contractor - Partner Operations Manager in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Contractor - Partner Operations Manager in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google provides great work environment and get to work with one of the smartrst people in your life. You will not be disappointed to work at Google.

    Cons

    Not much to say here to be honest. As you see it in other companies, not everyone is as nice as you hope, but that's how some people act.

  3. "Awesome"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best place to work.
    Good work culture

    Cons

    There are no cons here.

    Advice to Management

    none


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Head of industry"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Industry Head in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Industry Head in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very fair culture and advanced technologies to compete strongly against IT giants. Good and positive culture combined with excellent working environment.

    Cons

    Not well organized that we call 'ambiguity'. The local offices should follow the global strategy based on centralized decision structure.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.


  5. "Product Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues, fun work environmernt, and solid management. Great autonomy when you work for the local office.

    Cons

    Promotion is slow, and as a consequence, salary increase is slow. The org is too large and bureaucratic esp on business side

    Advice to Management

    Align promo cycle to competitors


  6. Helpful (3)

    "APAC Customer care"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent company benefits & perks (free gyms, peer bonuses, 3x five start hotel's free meals, lots of fresh fruits, snacks and free drinks). Love the office environment esp enjoy working with smart and talented people who drive the proactive working culture, sharp & analytical data based discussions, human respect and endless positive things about the company.

    Cons

    Company culture : a copy of Standford college culture, very open yet a few childish and selfish ppl still exist (not office politics, but just a few backstabbers whom like to point out your mistakes to your manager while acting nice in front of you).


  7. "Adwords Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Be expertise digital advertisement and top level salary,the other compensation and benefit. Work environment is also excellence.

    Cons

    Top down decision making driven in real situation than imagine from the out side of Google. Rapid growth require hard work but sometimes very autonomy.

    Advice to Management

    Suggest to have broader topic conversation with your team member to help design of future life

  8. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People around are talent and creative. The working environment is great.

    Cons

    Care about good ideas, but didn't pay much attention to the delivery. Local branch is not as open as headquarter.

    Advice to Management

    Management team in local is too young and lack of the leadership attitude, experience and capability


  9. Helpful (7)

    "NEVER join as a TVC."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Marketing TVC in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Contractor - Marketing TVC in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food and beautiful people.

    Cons

    MBAs are taking over the company culture with backstabbing and toxic meetings prevalent. Others will always try their hardest to steal credit for your work, cutting you out of meetings with their bosses and pinging you to ask specifics during meetings.
    If you ever get offered contract work as a TVC, refuse it. You'll be led on to believe you have a chance and then the offer be rescinded when a reorg happens (every 6 months).
    As a specialist you'll make more than some full time Googlers. They'll become bitter because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your managers lie to prospective employees about full time employment.


  10. Helpful (6)

    ""Don't be evil"? "Googley"? All hype."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Smart people
    - Free food and snacks
    - Flexible work hours
    - Great office equipment and supplies
    - Brand name

    Cons

    - Hostile work environment
    My "Googler" peers totally ignored my existent. I was not invited to lunch nor their home parties they *loudly* talk around me, and was not even talked to (if I try to join their chat, they would quickly opt out). People would bring gifts like cookies to everyone in my area, but me.

    - Discriminatory against non-FTEs
    Contractors are not invited to most team or company events like TGIFs, off-site meetings, or corporate parties. You are constantly reminded that you are not really a part of the team, just a disposable human resource to do the job until you expire and discarded. Google has a policy that Contractors cannot stay for more than one year.

    - Limited career opportunity
    Contract work does not lead to full time positions, even though you do exactly the same job as Googlers and outperform them. You have more chance if you have good political skills. Getting promoted among smartest people itself is hard enough, and it seemed mean and/or politically savvy people tend to get promoted.

    - Bureaucratic
    Google is a huge corporation now. My opinions and suggestions were always attacked by my Googler peers as if they say "What the hell does the temp know?". If I try going the extra mile, my Googler peers would ask me "Is that your job?".

    Sorry, but Cons far exceed Pros overall.

    I came in very excited, thinking that I got my foot in the door for a wonderful career at the the best company to work for on the earth, but left very disappointed.

    Advice to Management

    You don't even know I was there.


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