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Updated July 19, 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. "Great company, sometimes tough to be in remote office"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work on hard/fun problems, great colleagues.

    Cons

    Distributed decision-making means you have to get lots of people involved to make big changes happen.

    Advice to Management

    It's tough to be in a remote office. Encourage (require?) more VPs to make the trip from MTV to Seattle occasionally.


  2. "Google maps contracting is a good entry job"

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    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free snacks, laidback atmosphere, some vacation time

    Cons

    Contracting as a "visual data specialist" is way that google can maintain a cheap labor pool in the states (though they also have a counterpart office in India) without providing benefits or longevity to employees. contract is a standard 2 years.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Contractor - Visual Da in Bothell, WA
    Current Contractor - Visual Da in Bothell, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun place, and you meet a lot of great people

    Cons

    bad side it is only for 2 years


  4. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineering Resident in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Resident in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free food. Flexible work hours.

    Cons

    High pressure work environment. Highly male dominated.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Work here if it is your last resort"

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    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist II in Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Visual Data Specialist II in Bothell, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Relaxed work environment
    -Interesting projects
    -Free snacks, free lunch
    -Occasional office activities
    -Extremely easy interview
    -Outdoor nature trail
    -Video games, pool table, etc.

    Cons

    -Terrible pay, no benefits
    -No chance for advancement
    -Vendor (Randstad) HR is terrible
    -Most employees do not care about the work and are extremely lazy and unqualified
    -Free lunch is often inedible, food poisoning is not uncommon
    -Favorites are picked in this office
    -Pod leads are not supervised by HR (can be extremely unfair, never available, etc.)
    -Weirdest group of employees I have ever worked with

    Advice to Management

    -Make interviews more thorough to ensure the right people are hired
    -Supervise pod leads
    -Improve or eliminate free food
    -Increase pay
    -Listen to employee concerns


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Ugh. Don't believe the hype"

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    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Looks really good on a resume
    - Great pay

    Cons

    - No sense of mission (last time I saw Google actively "focusing on users" was 2010)
    - Little opportunity for career growth. The project you work on is the most important (only?) factor in promotion. And most projects/teams are dead ends
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    Advice to Management

    Focus on a mission and stick to it. Shifting from "more wood behind fewer arrows" to "mobile first" to "AI first" is action discussed as progress. Seriously, stop trying to vie for a promotion and just focus on the user and all else will follow.


  7. "Large stable company"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture, benefits, company as a whole. A lot of companies care either about their users or their employees. Google cares a lot about both.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get simple things done because it is such a large company. That being said, when a small change is made it immediately affects millions of users.

  8. "just me"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer(Internship) in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    good salarie food and friends

    Cons

    Far from home and a little bit solitaire


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Take off your rose-colored glasses before working here"

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    Former Contractor - Technical Sourcing Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Technical Sourcing Recruiter in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, even for contractors. Excellent food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, also great snacks. Great Shuttle service (though not free for contractors). Easy to shuttle between Seattle and Kirkland. Good location in Seattle. Not much micro-management, if any. Very friendly culture, very pleasant employees and staff. GREAT applicant tracking system in comparison to other companies (seriously the system is not perfect, but it's incredible). Google looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Contractors are not seen/treated as equals to FTE's. Your badge will be different, you won't necessarily be able to work from home, you won't be invited to certain meetings or events with the company. The recruiting process as a whole take an unnecessarily long time both in tech and in non-tech. You will lose candidates because Google takes too long to team-match their candidates. There is very little transparency to contractors around expectations for them in terms of career growth, converting to an FTE, and what participating in special projects will do for you in the eyes of management. When I started (along with about 20 others) we all tried to get involved in special projects and make ourselves shine as "Googly" so we could convert. This did not make a bit of difference when it came time for layoffs and conversions to FTE. Google's upper management only cares about butts in seats. If you can hire at a high volume you're golden. BUT I also witnessed very talented sourcers who repeatedly met or exceeded their goals NOT get hired as FTE's when other sourcers who were mediocre but fell into a "diverse" category were hired. We are told diversity is a priority but diversity shouldn't impact the quality of the candidate. I do not think this is necessarily true both in hiring for recruiters and other departments outside of HR. Working for Google is sexy in Seattle because the representation of the company here is much smaller than someone in California, but be warned that if you get in as a contractor, you will only convert if 1) you are consistently crushing your metrics 2) you are VERY Googly (likable, trustworthy, smart/innovative) 3) willing to suck up to the upper management and 4) ideally considered a diverse candidate. Even if you meet all of that criteria, you may not get hired because Google has unrealistic hiring expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Be more direct with expectations for contractors. Provide more 1:1 support for people struggling to meet metrics and if you see layoffs coming up, give some lead time so people can find a new job if they need to without being unexpectedly unemployed. Have some loyalty for the people that work for you.


  10. "Great culture, great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Kirkland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with some of the best software engineers around.

    Cons

    Increasingly bureaucratic as it gets larger.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple, have a clearer product goal.


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