Google
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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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4.2 2,090 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(1,079 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development"
    in 92 reviews
  • "Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro"
    in 207 reviews
Cons:
  • "This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging"
    in 85 reviews
  • "Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it"
    in 68 reviews
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A great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Google

ProsGood compensation, fun and challenging problems

ConsIt's a big company. There's red tape.

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Contract position with Google

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Google as a contractor

ProsI got to work with some of the most amazing people, on an innovative new product.

ConsI would strongly recommend against a contract position. Fact, they just aren't as invested in your development as they would be if you were an employee. I would recommend a full-time employee position at another company versus a contract position at Google. Do not accept a contract position with the mindset that you will be converted. The conversion rate is shockingly low.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy managers were alarmingly inexperienced. One was brilliant behind a computer, but had no clue how to interact with people, that's a problem when you are managing a team of over 20. My other manager (we were rotated between managers so often it was like a merry go-round)never took accountability for anything and was so inept, I could have done his job better.

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Great experience!

Project Planning (Former Employee)
Beijing, Beijing (China)

I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

ProsColleagues are nice and super smart! Good working environment!

ConsIt's very stressful. Always working over time.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to build your career in sales - if as a contractor

Leads Development (Current Employee)
Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I have been working at Google as a contractor for less than a year

Prosfreebies, free food, free snacks pool gym etc... and decent salary - also great atmosphere - but i have to say as sales goes there are higher paying companies, although there less benefits in other companies - it depends what you want : benefits vs salary -

Consnot really just there are higher paying companies, contract workers have little hope of permanent position, or commission and must wait 3 months if renewing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Greatest place ever

VIP (Current Employee)
Washington, DC (US)

I have been working at Google full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThis is the best place in the world.so many new ideas and innovations that impact the world, and to be apart of that is completely riveting.

ConsGreat minds think alike, and working amongst so many great minds sometimes it becomes a challenge deciding whose idea is the best.

Advice to Senior ManagementBuild a time machine already.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A nice place you can work for whole life

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Google full-time

ProsHigh pay, great benefits, food provided everyday

ConsNot everybody is smart enough

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Google

Proswell paid and good people

Consno any cons, i like it

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They care about employees

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Hyderābād (India)

I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

ProsAmazing culture
Learning opportunities
Work-life balance
Great managers (most of the times)

ConsToo few teams in remote locations

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Perks!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Google as an intern

ProsFun loving people to work with
Great Company culture
A lot of perks

ConsNot much room fro growth
Management can be arrogant at times

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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very good company

Software Engineer III (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA (US)

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

Prosvery good company to work with.

Constoo much push and stress.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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