Google
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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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4.2 2,091 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

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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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Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsThe 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.

ConsExpectations 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

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

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One of The Best Companies to Work For!!

Account Strategist (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe 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.

ConsAs 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..

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

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Best job so far.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsCrazy perks. Relaxed atmosphere. Smart people.

ConsNot invented here for pretty much all technology.

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

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Fantastic company to work for.

Agency Team Lead (Former Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsSuccessful company doing very inspiring work. Very strong, vibrant, exciting culture. Great colleagues.

ConsIt's now quite a bit company and with that comes more structure and less of an entrepreneurial feel.

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

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Truly is one of the best places to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sydney

I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe Sydney office exemplifies the Google culture of friendliness and hard working.

ConsIf you're not in Mountain View, career progression can be limited.

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

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great culture, vision and projects

Sales (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsWork/ife balance
Perks
Varied projects
startup feel
smart/driven people

Consprogression limited
sydney distant from mountain view
some bureaucracy

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing

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

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Getting a little bloated, but still a brilliant company.

Corporate Operations Engineer (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsGoogle has structured itself well to resist becoming 'evil' as it grows. That's not to say it doesn't - but it takes hold a lot slower than at other companies our size. There's a lot of importance placed on transparency, accountability, and technical acumen by the average employee.

ConsWhile everyone is allowed to question the company's decisions, senior management are getting better at dodging them. Making a career for yourself can be very difficult unless you are exceedingly brilliant. There are a lot of very, very smart people here.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The best company to work for. Period.

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsExcellent work culture, free food

ConsYou feel like a small cog in a big machine

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

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Google

ProsGreat company to work for

ConsNone that comes to the mind

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

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Great benefits, good people, limited career opportunities in satellite offices

Program Manager (Current Employee)
Sydney

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

ProsAmazing, smart, driven and fun people to work with, usually pretty stimulating work, working autonomously, fantastic benefits.

ConsVery limited career opportunity in satellite offices, which however is not acknowledged by management.

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't hire so many managers from external, they ruin our culture.

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