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Updated April 15, 2017
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  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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


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  5. "Google Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    Perks, power, access to making a change

    Cons

    bureaucracy and red tape every step of the design process


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A mixed bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great pay.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. Overhires and underchallenges people.


  7. "Institute Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Institute Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Institute Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free meals, free snacks, free facilities in general.

    Cons

    Very disorganised environment and not meritocratic.

    Advice to Management

    Have a better consideration of the employee and treat them equally.


  8. "Operations Field Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Operations Field Lead in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Operations Field Lead in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of travel
    Great people
    Given much trust
    Good development opportunities
    Pays well

    Cons

    very poor life/ work balance
    60+ hour weeks
    Travel and work alone

    Advice to Management

    Care and communicate with the team more


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good salary and benefits, but no opportunities for growth unless you are in the US."

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

    Pros

    Salary, offices, massage, benefits, people. Google looks after you, from food to flexible working hours. If you are geek that loves tech this is a place for you.

    Cons

    Mediocre middle level managers, with no experience. Impossible to move files internally as the majority of roles are already taken before they are even advertised.

    Advice to Management

    Review employees skills, don't let people with too much experience to be left carrying boxes and creating email templates.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Easy but boring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good, you can get away with doing very little if that's your thing, the food is great.

    Cons

    People aren't that motivated, lots of politics, too many internal tools and languages that are nothing like the real world ie your experience there isn't that useful outside.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Great benefits but you're on your own"

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

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

    Pros

    Well payed, no micro management, responsibility, meals, reputation.

    Cons

    Nobody takes responsibility for anything. Difficult to get things done. Quality of code differs strongly with teams. Doing the right thing is not easy when all your features get punted because nobody takes responsibility to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to secure the quality of products across Google. Some large projects are very badly maintained which is clearly visible in performance, code quality and team dynamics


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