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Updated April 17, 2017
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  • Work life balance is often mentioned but rarely (in 270 reviews)

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  1. "Learning a lot and flexibility."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible times and work from home option. It's is also convenient that you have access to the cantina and gym.

    Cons

    Not a full time employee so no benefits and you are not able to access certain information so it makes your work sometimes challenging.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Excellent workplace"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart co-workers, Friendly atmosphere, Great perks and benefits

    Cons

    Company growing at fast pace and it has too many layers
    Can be a bit political


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Dynamic workplace, but overly competitive and too much focus on flashy projects over actual value"

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic range of perks and benefits
    A broad range of very talented colleagues from different backgrounds - great networking potential
    Opportunity to learn, and to move into one or more of many diverse fields
    Very robust learning and development programs, covering both professional and personal areas

    Cons

    Analytical roles within Sales are badly managed - data analysts managed by non-technical stakeholders
    Very competitive calibration and performance review process, with too much focus on "big" projects regardless of the actual value delivered
    Overly bureaucratic systems and organisations; very difficult to find the correct person or team that can action what you need; constant requirement to fill out various shared collaborative spreadsheets that serve no long-term function
    Constant rotation of staff (average role turnover time: 1 - 1.5 years) means clients aren't really getting the best quality account and sales management

    Advice to Management

    Try to encourage staff to stay in roles for longer - clients are incredibly frustrated by constant turnover of personnel learning on the job. Take a lead from traditional advertising: long-term client relationships work for a reason.
    UK data analyst roles absolutely NEED to be managed by data-oriented stakeholders. I knew this while I worked there and it has become 1,000x more obvious to me since moving to actual Business Intelligence departments at other organisations and being managed by extremely talented data analysts. For a data-centric organisation, Google UK's data expertise in Sales is sorely lacking and it is purely due to Industry Analysts effectively training and managing themselves.


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  5. "Great company, great people"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting company, tons of opportunities, amazing people.

    Cons

    Can become overwhelming at times


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it used to be"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - In some markets (not the UK) Google pays well
    - Lots of opportunity, comes with being a big company
    - Perks and flexibility can still be excellent, depending on where you are

    Cons

    - Every single year is worse than the last, which severely taxes the morale.
    - Questionable decision-making, politicking, empire-building and corporate newspeak are the norm now.
    - In the past 2-3 years, process, bureaucracy and metrics took over. You will spend 50% of your time building slides and attending meetings.

    Advice to Management

    1) Enough with the American cultural imperialism. The world doesn't consist of white English-speaking nuclear families.

    2) If you insist on only being told things you want to hear you'll wake up one day and realize everyone has disengaged and/or found another job.

    3) Metrics, process and endless slide decks are no replacement for humans when making decisions that impact peoples' lives.

    4) This organization built its most successful products bottom-up. Stop turning it into a top-down clone of Oracle.

    5) It's fine to save money, but penny-pinching that prevents people being productive (cramming everyone into massive noisy open spaces and under-deploying amenities) is stupid.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting but be careful with New Business Sales (NBS) for Ads products"

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

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

    Pros

    Google brand and innovation.
    Super smart colleagues, young, collaborative, and very fast-paced.
    Powerful sales tools at your disposal to sell ads.
    Benefits: free 5 star food, high spec gym, free massage, incredible offices, and personal benefits too.
    You really feel part of a bigger cause at Google and a sense of pride.

    Cons

    Lack of work-life balance in new business for Ads.
    Aggressive numbers-oriented sales environment.
    EMEA New business for ads is churn and burn environment.
    Sales policies that stop you from selling.
    Saturated market.

    Advice to Management

    Be patient. Hire external managers. Sort out the ramping period for newbies.


  8. "Great place to work at"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is interesting, people are smart but also nice and friendly

    Cons

    Don't currently see any cons


  9. "One of the best companies in the world!"

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

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture- sharing culture where everyone in different departments will work collaboratively
    People- excellent, bright, ambitious individuals to work with
    Salary - good high salary
    Benefits- this includes food, medical, dental, travel expenses, stock
    Product(s) - exceptional products being rolled out continuosly.
    Reputation- within Tech sector it is within the top 5 best companies to work for and work with

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the company as there are so many talented individuals who work alongside you. Many talented people at one level and senior people brought in externally to do less senior roles.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "'gTech Ads' - Google's most structured teams"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ad Solution Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Ad Solution Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My review is focused on the gTech Org, which is a ~5,000 people Org in Google that works on ad integration, helps Sales & Customers with troubleshooting, supports publishers and agencies. The roles in gTech are for example Ad Solution Consultant, Support Specialist, Technical Account Manager, etc.

    + Although your Org (gTech) is quite boring, you still have the Google brand and all the Google perks (insurance, food, gym, travel allowance, etc.)
    + Stock price and great stock package
    + Smart and interesting people

    Cons

    - gTech has small travel budget (e.g. I've never travelled to Mountain View in over 2 years to meet my teammates in person)
    - Your job performance is measured with hard 'call-center-like' KPIs (# Customer Contacts, Time for resolution, etc.)
    - Big Org where everybody wants to get promoted ASAP to move to other teams, thus very difficult to get promoted within 2 years.
    - Decision making process is very slow (expect to take months and months to get approvals for the simplest projects)
    - Project time has to be done in addition to your core work & metrics
    - They hire people who are too smart & talented for their role. E.g. you are a full-stack Engineer, but do technical support.
    - Mid-Management and VPs in gTech do not show leadership and do not follow through on their words (e.g. preach 'take ownership' but force everybody to follow processes and meet certain support metrics)
    - The core compensation (Base + Bonus) is relative low, but Google's high stock price is balancing the total comp.

    Advice to Management

    - Give people more freedom and trust your teams that they will deliver value. You hire really smart people


  11. "👌👍"

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and challenging work. Do cool things that matter.

    Cons

    You will not be the smartest person there. Imposter syndrome is hard to overcome.



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