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Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • unlimited free food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) (in 10 reviews)

  • nice work life balance, basically support everything you need, nice culture (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • especially if the temporary employees are dipping into full-time work (in 7 reviews)

  • I can't believe there's a lot of work and they pay only when you get (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "It's Google. Best place to work for, if you've got a good manager."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Google invests a lot in their employees. Training, happiness, off sites, travel, perks, benefits, and environment.

    Cons

    Some departments are managed poorly. Also people are sometimes promoted to positions of management who should not be managers

    Advice to Management

    Perf is great. You treat your employees great. Best experience I've ever had at a company.


  2. "awesome"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YouTube full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    its awesome and fun yay

    Cons

    its a lot of work

    Advice to Management

    awesome


  3. "great job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at YouTube (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great staff people were great, had a great time going to work every day

    Cons

    they sometimes make you have too much fun which is not a con

    Advice to Management

    nothing, they are doing a great job and will continue to do so


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  5. "Senior Strategist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers keep you motivated to keep trying ambitious projects. Good managers can help you excel and be promoted quickly.

    Cons

    The company used to have a different form before being more fully embraced by Google - once it reached maturity the focus on integrating ads shifted the focus from big ideas and added bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Generally management does a great job and focuses on the supporting the core talent. Keep pushing the automatic feeds to users based on previous views so I never have to touch the screen to search for something you that wasn't organically presented to me.


  6. "Content creator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Creator in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Content Creator in Troy, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at YouTube part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Creative freedom, as long as you stay within the guidelines and avoid copy right infringements and create ad friendly content. No set schedule.

    Cons

    Hard to grow a following. Requires consistent nurturing and studying new tactics. You have to be very serious about progressing to get to where you want to be. TAKES TIME


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    "Amazing Company, Hit or Miss Management"

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist Manager in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Product Specialist Manager in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at YouTube (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great perks, they take care of their employees.
    A ton of flexibility. You are generally trusted to do what you need to do to get the job done.
    Lots of travel. Lots of cross-functional influence.

    Cons

    Managers are either amazing or terrible. I had 4 managers in 5 years (same position) and 2 were some of the greatest, most inspiring people ever. The other 2 were completely checked-out miserable sh*ts.


  8. "Bad career prospects as SWE"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Product is hugely popular, large *potential* for impact in your work.

    Cons

    Management in a constant state of flux. In the same position I had more than 1 manager per year; some colleagues had several managers per year. Result of management flux: VERY difficult to get promoted. New managers don't know your past achievements and aren't supportive enough during promotion process. Also YouTube has much lower-level SWEs on average than Google in general, so it's hard to find higher-level people to support your promotion case.
      Size and complexity of organization kills innovation. Extremely hard to launch new features. Despite what management says, launches are still required for promotion.
      I consider my tenure at YouTube a colossal waste of time; I plan to transfer to Google to start over and have a chance at career progression.
      Also: YouTube doesn't do enough to support non-superstar content creators. YouTube search seems to recommend high-ad-revenue videos to people to watch next; in contrast, Google search recommends the most appropriate results for the user. Thus YouTube's search/recommendation system isn't consistent with my values or Google's mission to organize the world's information.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to support SWE career growth when managers are all over the place, swapping teams and re-organizing constantly. Promotion requires multiple level N+2 peers, but most people are level 3 and 4, so N+2 is hard to find. Make it possible for SWEs to get promoted in these immature, disorganized teams. Of the three most talented people I knew who started when I did, one left YouTube after a mere 4 weeks, one quit Google completely after 6 months, and one transferred to Google within a year; I stayed and regret it. It's probably fine for a first job straight out of undergrad, but not for those of us with experience and long-term career aspirations at Google.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Solutions consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Manager in San Bruno, CA
    Current Employee - Partner Manager in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can work with people from different teams without hierarchical red tapes across product, marketing, support, engineering teams. Free food.

    Cons

    Promotion is hard because it is not based on your performance. You have to fight for the visibility and make a case to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce middle management layer and promote people based in their competency, not visibility.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Exiting Googler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great perks, amazing colleagues, relevant company in the world, great growth, pretty flat

    Cons

    Some politics, high leadership turnover

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, double down on international.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "YouTube Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent and interesting co-workers, very high morale, good compensation, high impact -- billions of users, some creating actual revolutions like the arab spring. Not every employee knows it, but YouTube is what you make of it. You have 20% time to prove your own ideas.

    Cons

    You're swimming in a very big pond. It can be very slow to launch your feature because of the challenges of scale.

    Advice to Management

    Management mostly stays out of your way. I'd advise them to start technical initiatives aimed at decoupling the various teams.


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