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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 (13)

    "Google: change is needed to avoid complacency & loss of competitive edge"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Strategic Partner Development Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    2 types of people that will find a great place to work: (1) recent college or B-school graduates looking for a first job where they can learn a lot, and (2) more senior corporate executives with many years of experience who aren't overly ambitious and are looking for a role where they can put life on auto-pilot and glide through their day-to-day activities.

    Cons

    There is no clear career progression, and senior management is arrogant.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees based on achievements as opposed to favoritism by one's direct line manager. Ensure that rewards / bonuses / promotions are not entirely up to one person (ie the specific team manager), and instead need to factor in feedback and opinions that the direct line manager cannot overrule.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "If they ever rebrand as a restaurant I'd definitely eat there."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Recruiter in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The food is absolutely fantastic, and most offices are genuinely cool.

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer you will be working surrounded by a collection of people scared to get in the way of the engineers. The amount of legacy systems in HR and recruitment were just astonishing. Zero priority.

    Some people are nice, some aren't. The Googleyness thing basically boils down to "never give bad feedback". Management is terrified of direct feedback, and "anonymous" queries that result in less than good grades will be pursued until people change them. As a result, there's a yes culture where people are basically grateful for being there, and not able/eager to change or improve anything that did not come from the top.

    Even on the engineering side of things: sure, if you are working in Google X you'll probably be doing cool stuff. The blunt of the rest is basically tweaking ads. Don't forget, 90% of revenue comes from online advertisement. A proportional amount of engineering time is devoted to make sure it continues that way.

    Let's skip the disregard for privacy because this is bad enough :)

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about bad feedback. It's the only way to improve.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Cross between Big Bang Theory and Nathan Barley"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    - Looks good on your CV
    - You get to work with some really smart people
    - Free food (if that's important to you)
    - Great facilities (if you have time to use them)

    Cons

    - Lack of social skills among most of the engineers makes it a very dull environment to work in. The decor screams 'fun' and 'zany' but the people are anything but. It took real persistence to get basic greetings out of people sometimes. Lots of lonely, isolated, awkward people who seem to rely wholly on Google for their social life - beers at TGI (Thank Google It's) Fridays, Google employee groups/clubs/organisations/networks etc.
    - TCVs (Temps, Contractors and Vendors) are looked down on as an underclass. The assumption is that as a temp or contractor you're desperate to convert. I was a contractor and although it wasn't true for me, I did see some of this 'Google or Die' attitude among some TCVs and there was the irritating assumption that I would have the same attitude.
    - Arrogance towards or ignorance of the outside world. Some people couldn't conceive that other places of work could compare to Google. In some cases, it was because they had only ever worked inside the Google bubble, but in some cases it was sheer arrogance and false pride at being a Googler.
    - Company jargon is sinister and off-putting and contributes to the arrogance of some of its employees - being Googly, being a Googler, Noogler etc.

    Advice to Management

    - Look to broaden your hiring intake by hiring for EQ not just IQ. Get people in with personality and social skills so that the atmosphere doesn't end up like a morgue. There are super-intelligent people doing repetitive donkey work there anyway so you obviously don't need everyone to be super-intelligent.
    - Take action to stop Google culture and values being used to encourage arrogance in your employees.
    - Rethink how you incentivise your staff. Sometimes work gets done purely to meet OKRs not because it really needs to be done or because it's the right thing to do. It seems to encourage dishonest manipulation of targets rather than an honest assessment of what needs to be done and what has been achieved. This seemed to be more prevalent among product managers who seemed to promise things they didn't fully understand and then lean on and browbeat engineers to deliver it.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay. Benefits. Work location in Europe. Good promotional system. Good on CV (reason to leave)

    Cons

    Horrible management. Bad team team spirit visible in poor code quality. Lack of motivation. All offices managed from MTV.

    Advice to Management

    Hire management that actually address the issues of the teams when we bring them up instead of showing pretty graphs and pictures of phones.


  5. "Shocking"

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    Former Contractor - Landlord in Clifton, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Landlord in Clifton, South West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    The Bristol branch is run by dishonest, disreputable people who have no respect or consideration for others

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for the damage you cause


  6. "SMB Partner Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    Please read other less that excellent reviews, they are entirely true.

    Great place for junior people who are fresh out of university and can work work work and be treated like juniors and then leave.
    Great place for entry level people or for senior level managers who thrive on politics.
    Free food, nice office, apple laptop, friday drinks, opportunity to relocate IF you ever get converted to a regular employee.

    Cons

    -If you are a structured, professional and experienced person, go for a company with more experienced people who can appreciate your value and not make you do assistent transactional tasks and micro manage you.
    -They treat senior level people as juniors especially if they are contractors.
    -Contractors do not have the same rights or perks as Google employees.
    -Management is very cut throat and bureacratic and if you don't kiss up you are looked down on .
    -People talk behind your back and spy on what you do
    -Most of senior management spend their time doing ppt's for the US leadership and don't care about your problems .
    -Food is free and plentiful, but it's downright tasteless or horrible.
    -Your creativity and skills are hardley appreciated, you are just a "minion" doing tasks you are told and proactiveness is not encourages, or appreciated, you just do what you are told and that's it.
    -Senior level managers take working from home but contractors are discouraged, even on Christmas ( depends on the team I am sure).
    -Contractors are not Googlers and they are not afraid to make a differentiation
    -Work comes first so if you are sick, you just have to do the job...
    - The the attitude of micro-managing was toxic ..which is exactly why I left
    -If you have a personal life, and your co-workers ware not your besties you are just categorised as "not fitting in".
    -I had to explain to my manager what "work-lif balance " is...
    -They warn you not to put on social media you are a Google employee, so they make it very clear that as a contractor you are nota Google employee...( people who work there for longer time they all put Google as their company on Linkedin without issues)

    Advice to Management

    -Progress people for their true value
    _appreciate proactiviy & professionalish
    - stop it with the start-up atmosphere and boasting, Google is just a big corporation with good branding but it's all coming undone at one point
    - don't step on prople if they prove to be over achieving just to keep them in line.
    - Don't micromanage, if you hire someone, then don't act like you don't trust their abilities.
    - Respect your employees and give them the same rights as senior managers,
    -treat people with kindness expecially talented and hard working ones.
    -Be considerate of your empoyees

    If you read other reviews you will see some trends going on be sure you make a rational decision .


  7. 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.

  8. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Personal Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really great Office culture, good people

    Cons

    Compensation needs to be more aligned

    Advice to Management

    perks


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible HR and way too many reorgs"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Strategist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, free food, awesome trips organised by Google etc
    - mazing training resources such as "Googler to Googler" side project where you can teach what you know and sign up for classes where other googlers will teach you what they are good at.

    Cons

    Every 8 months a reorg will happen and you will have to rush to find another role. Hr will be absolutely useless and will not help in any way. If you like not having a job every six months, then you are in for a threat.

    Advice to Management

    Value people who work hard, not those who are your friends in a personal level.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Industry Manager"

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Food, company profile and status in the industry, competitive salary

    Cons

    ruthless corporate culture, unrealistic growth targets, arrogance

    Advice to Management

    You were nicer when you were just a search company


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