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Updated December 12, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Apprentice"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google (More than a year)

    Pros

    - free food, gym, massages and more
    - great environment
    - great people
    - opportunity to grow and learn

    Cons

    - you might end up spending all your time at work because you have everything you need & only going home to see family and change clothes!!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Recruiter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment, extremely capable colleagues, world class offices, amazing benefits, exciting projects, big focus on diversity and inclusion

    Cons

    Wrestling with how to maintain culture whilst growing as a business, more process being implemented as company scales meaning loss of agility.

  3. "Creative Writer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Creative Writer in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Creative Writer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, people, gym, food, talks

    Cons

    People are highly strung, don't want to admit when they don't know something

    Advice to Management

    Don't be condescending


  4. "fun tech and great scale, but not all roses"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some very smart, driven and effective colleagues is very engaging.

    The scale of work (big) is very motivating. Most clients or campaigns or businesses partners are the tops in their respective industries. As such you're more likely than not to work with big budgets, large user figures, and hot technology.

    Corporate benefits are everything you've read -- top-notch health, pension and perks. Pay can tend to be at or slightly below market though.

    Cons

    In the Ads professional services department the work can be downright uninspiring. There are plenty of segments like this within Google which offer nothing special from any other company in the industry. For instance, if you don't work in something hot like Deepmind, Hardware or, say, Maps, you may find it very difficult to get excited about the work.

    There is no shortage of over-qualified people sitting in positions which under-utilise their skills.

    The company purports to be data-driven, but compared to say Amazon -- in the Ads professional services department -- it is not.

    Advice to Management

    Even post Alphabet/Google split the company still feels very big and, increasingly, bureaucratic and difficult to navigate. My advice to management is that they should put more emphasis on building smaller departments and within those departments to strive for excellence. Those departments also need an identity more specific than just Google [department name]. Nest is a good example of this. Wildfire was a good example. Some parts of Google Shopping were.


  5. "Awesome place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Solutions Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Solutions Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome culture, awesome benefits, awesome total compensation.

    Cons

    Becoming a really big corporation with all the problems derived from it.


  6. "Possition review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    can work from home most of the time

    Cons

    low salary, outdated technologies used


  7. "People genuinely care"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You feel like you're at a company that is actively shaping what the world will be like in the future. And with people who genuinely care about you as a person, and not just another employee.

    Cons

    Not every job here is shaping the future, and as the company has grown, it's fallen into common large corporate company pitfalls: useless admin, more entrenched hierarchy, less consumer focus.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up. Non engineering side of the business doesn't move anywhere near as quick as it should.

  8. "Be prepared for change!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Booster in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Booster in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Diversity, Incentives, Laid Back, Understanding and Free Food!

    Cons

    Poor training, high staff turn-over, unrealistic targets.

    Advice to Management

    Training needs to be done gradually and properly, as the mistakes are piling up.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A behemoth company that is trying to control everything on the internet! Beware!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain Ash, Wales (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain Ash, Wales (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There really are None if you know what is really going on within this company.

    Cons

    Using AI in order to subvert independent media truth reports. Using AI to quantitatively collect as much personal and bio data as it can from every human being on Earth! --- which will be soon used against humanity. Sundar Pichai is a megalomanical greed monger who is essentially a traitor to humanity.

    Advice to Management

    Get out while you're still fully human.


  10. "Software Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * tech talks
    * smart and insightful people
    * knowledge
    * impact
    * good benefits
    * flexibility (time and career choices)

    Cons

    * low compensation (in UK)
    * political
    * lack of documentation
    * burnouts
    * teamplay is penalized in favor of individual contributions
    * mistakes are a big no-no


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