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Updated 24 April 2015
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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. Great people and a focus on culture makes for a unique experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Industry Head in Sydney
    Current Employee - Industry Head in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, they can attract and retain top talent which makes for a very engaging experience

    Cons

    As the company matures and acquires it's difficult to maintain a culture, new people from outside dilute the original work force

    Advice to Management

    Do not undervalue your sales force

  2. Google over the last 9 years

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Engineering in Sydney
    Current Employee - Manager, Software Engineering in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are brilliant, motivated, and interesting. Some of the projects being thought up at Google are so ambitious and unique, it adds a big part to the 'special sauce' of why people want to work here. For the most part, employees feel like their feedback makes a difference.

    Cons

    A lot of growth means a lot of growing pains. Lots of rough patches with employee dissatisfaction about one thing or another. A regression towards the mean, as you hire 50,000+ people, it will start to feel like a big company with big company problems.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to feedback and keep being transparent and honest about decisions. Some of the more unpopular decisions in the past year had to be made. Googlers are mature and capable enough to accept the trade-offs, but trying to avoid controversy by not being open about those decisions is going to backfire.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Google is a teenager now, with all the growing pains that implies

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Busiiness Org
    Former Employee - Global Busiiness Org

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits, amazing workplace environment and topnotch colleagues. It's still the best large corporate to work for in my book. If, that is, you want to work in a large corporate. If you're in the right org or product area within the company it is possible to get to work on some fantastic projects and for your career to progress - a rising tide lifts all boats as they say. However...

    Cons

    .... if you are in the wrong org, one that is not growing or has poor leadership or mid-management, get out fast! You are on a dead end track and nothing you can do will change that.

    The company has grown so large so quickly and you can really see it is wrestling with all the problems of adolescence, with bureaucracy and politics exploding in the years I was there.

    Performance management is broken and the best people do not always get the rewards they deserve. Adept upward management rather than doing the best job has become the surest way to rapid career advanceent. This is a real shame and needs to be nipped in the bud asap. It is not clear that the senior management are really aware of this or have the means or desire to get to grips with it.

    Advice to Management

    Firstly, fix perf. Remove direct managers from involvement in who gets promoted and when through better use of real-time 360 degree feedback tools. Either make Levels truly fungible across orgs or better still bin them all together. Reward people for doing their actual jobs well rather than for side projects of questionable added-value which are undertaken, normally just before a perf cycle, to show 'Innovation' and 'Googleyness'.

    Secondly SVPs and VPs need to get out on to the frontlines and see what the footsoldiers see and experience, Undercover Boss style. What they hear from their management teams one or two wrungs below them is glossed over veneer, it is not the real picture. The best political operators in the middle-management ranks are adept at crafting the story they want to tell you. They will select only those data points which support their case and willfully omit all others.

    You would learn a lot more from unnannounced visits to offices and teams than you do now from the stage managed state visits which have become de rigour.

    Find a way for lower-level employees to give you their honest feedback and concerns without the fear of reprisal from their line managers. People don't speak out when they believe they undermine their own career prospects by doing so.

    The current feedback mechanisms (GG primarily) don't ask the right questions in the right way and so never fully capture the jaded sentiments expressed in hushed tones on many office floors.

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  5. Google is awesome. You hear about how awesome it is, but when you start working there, you'd still be surprised.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The food is amazing. Management team is mostly rational, competent and nice to work with.

    Cons

    Long hiring process. This can also cause issues further down the track. ie if a team is understaffed, filling the headcount can take quite some time

  6. The tales of comfort and joy are true, but the work isn't always ground-breaking

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Sydney
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Glorious work environment. There are talented people for whom their full time job is just to make you happy.
    * Great benefits
    * Lots of smart people to learn from
    * Pretty good at being a meritocracy (for a corporation)
    * Your workplace is endlessly discussed on the internet

    Cons

    * Sometimes your job is just to shuffle data from one format to another
    * Sydney is an idiotically expensive city to live in. Despite the amazing compensation, I'd be more wealthy working for some small dev shop in another city.
    * People in remote offices sometimes live in fear of that office closing. Sydney seems pretty safe, though.
    * Your workplace is endlessly discussed on the internet

    Advice to Management

    Listen to dogfood feedback! Stop only having offices in expensive places to live! Give people in REWS a pay rise!

  7. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic Culture
    Good Pay
    Training
    Great Career Opportunity

    Cons

    Could do with more perks

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  8. Great place for an internship

    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Sydney
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Sydney

    I worked at Google as an intern (Less than a 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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Best company to work for straight out of college

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Well paid, great benefits, smart people, political environment

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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