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Google Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jul 22, 2019

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  1. Helpful (2403)

    "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day. 2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc....

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    Cons

    1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down....

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    Advice to Management

    1) Don't dismiss emotional intelligence and adaptive leadership. They're not just catch phases. You need great managers and leaders in order to build great companies and develop great employees. The people who may be brilliant at solving technical issues may not be (and are most often, not) the best candidates for management. 2) Do something about that work-ife balance. Don't just have a bunch of pow-wows and...

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    Google2013-06-21
  2. Helpful (973)

    "Great balance between big-company security and fun, fast-moving projects"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    * If you're a software engineer, you're among the kings of the hill at Google. It's an engineer-driven company without a doubt (that *is* changing, but it's still very engineer-focused). * The perks are amazing. Yes, free breakfast, lunch, an dinner every weekday. Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in...

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    Cons

    * It *is* becoming larger, and with it comes growing pains: bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension (though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft's internal tension). * The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping, but possibly not. It's hard to get real metrics, because as the absolute number of people grows, naturally the number of bad apples grows; as a...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on the user. Everything else will follow.

    Google2014-05-10
  3. Helpful (543)

    "The best place I've worked and also the most demanding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You can't find a more well-regarded company that actually deserves the hype it gets. You'll work on cutting edge projects / solve important issues that impact your community and the world You'll meet interesting people who are your colleagues, managers, and senior management. You'll open the paper and see your company in the news almost every day, and read about projects you're working on, which is a cool thing...

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    Cons

    I live in SF so the commute can take between 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours each way on the shuttle - sometimes 2 hours each way on a busy day or rainy day. That means being on the bus for 3-4 hours PER DAY. It's a wired bus though which means you can work on the way to Mountain View. But it can feel brutal. Your first year or two are really important in terms of your career at Google and they affect how you're viewed, and...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep on NOT micromanaging - that is a huge benefit to Google. Most of us have a huge workload and we work in spikes and not chained to our desks, and we care deeply about producing, and we produce a lot. We can do that because you respect us enough to give us some freedom in how we do our jobs.

    Google2015-02-08
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best perks around, incredible average employee (you can trust everyone you work with to be competent, good-intentioned, and pleasant to work with), great work life balance if you want it

    Cons

    Organization getting more bureaucratic, slow moving, and risk-averse: definitely moving to "mature" company rather than the quirky startup

    Google2019-06-17
  5. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work life balance, great people, office perks

    Cons

    Large company that is getting bigger

    Google2019-06-19
  6. "Cool job"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Google full-time

      Pros

      Very smart people with great work life balance.

      Cons

      The company suffers from growing pains.

      Google2019-05-31
    • "Great company to work at"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

        Pros

        interesting work, great office perks, good work-life balance

        Cons

        3 weeks vacation for the first few years

        Google2019-05-29
      • Helpful (1)

        "Great Company"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Great opportunity for advancement

        Cons

        Work life balance can be tough

        Google2019-05-23
      • Helpful (2)

        "Google is a religion cult"

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        Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Nice infrastructure, good work-life balance.

        Cons

        Poor leadership vision, politics, not many good projects.

        Google2019-06-26
      • "Would Recomned"

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        Former Employee - Analyst in San Jose, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Positive Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Culture, Work Life Balance, Fun

        Cons

        Poor Management, Bad Hours, Poor Coffee

        Google2019-06-05
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