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Updated 19 December 2014
Updated 19 December 2014
2,800 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best company to work for straight out of college

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Operation Strategist in Sydney
    Former Employee - User Operation Strategist in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Great company that offers many benefits and perks that really takes care of its employees. Always a fun enjoyable environment with smart, capable people. Many opportunities to explore and develop your skills.

    Cons

    Hard to develop your career further if you're hired into an entry level role, very difficult to move across job functions and ladders.

    Competitive and hard to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place for an internship

    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I found it was a relaxed, fun, and interesting place to do an internship. People were very knowledgeable and helpful, so it's a great opportunity to learn. Internally, a very open culture - builds a lot of confidence in the company for interns wondering where to go after university.

    Cons

    The perks (especially the free food) encourage people (especially interns) to stay longer hours. This can affect work-life balance, but staying late to get stuff done was never encouraged.

  3.  

    Best Company Ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    All the people, all the fun problems, all the benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

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  5.  

    Well paid, great benefits, smart people, political environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Sydney

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

    Pros

    The office is full of young, smart & passionate people. There's lots of focus on career development and training. You're looked after very well in terms of benefits and comp.

    Cons

    The Sydney office has become increasingly corporate and there's plenty of office politics. It's great place for someone who is early in their career, however unless you love media sales it's a challenge to find the right role for those who are more advanced in their career.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of benefits and experienced gained.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Sydney
    Current Employee - Student Ambassador in Sydney

    I have been working at Google part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment, plenty of colour around the office. Great company culture. No uniform required. Fast paced environment which helps to deliver good challenges.

    You also get opportunity to do what you want without too much supervision. This is something great about Google because you won't feel confronting at all.

    Cons

    It is better than being at home. Sometimes I'd consider it too good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, keep the culture going. It is brilliant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Long-Time Google Employee, Changes Over Time

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people, work-culture, work-life balance, perks, and transparency top down. There are lots of opportunities to share feedback both to management and to peers. Managers are constantly trained and developed so you mostly get to work with good people who get the culture.

    Cons

    Growth is extremely fast and we are beginning to see large-company issues and difficulty in moving roles internally due to changed expectations of experience which long time employees are often not exposed to. Also, poor performers are not dealt with correctly. There's a lot of leniency and sometimes, this can affect the entire team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Average

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    Perks are good, people are very understanding and receptive

    Cons

    Boring work, not much intellectual activity.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Marketing manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sydney

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The office is great. You get free meals/snacks, massages in the office, and a great work environment. There are also a lot of educational opportunities and trainings so you feel like you're always learning and growing as an employee.

    Cons

    Expectations are very high and people can be very competitive depending on your field. It can be stressful. In addition, it seems most people work round the clock and I found myself on email nights/weekends, not because I had to be, but I felt that it was the norm. It can take over your life a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend more fairly giving perf. It seems that the calibrations for people's final perf scores are based mainly on hitting a certain average for each team which can be very unfair.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of The Best Companies to Work For!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Strategist
    Current Employee - Account Strategist

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

    Pros

    The Google culture, the work & life balance the company offer, career growth, the benefits, great & helpful colleagues and awesome managers; these things are definitely what make Google the best company to work for.

    Cons

    As we all know that Google is very very selective in recruiting the new employees; and considering the size of the company, the headcount is very small which makes the employees have to do multitask jobs.
    And plus, the approval level is loonnngg..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best job so far.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sydney

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Crazy perks. Relaxed atmosphere. Smart people.

    Cons

    Not invented here for pretty much all technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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