Google Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
2,476 Reviews

4.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Well paid, great benefits, smart people, political environment

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    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    Lots of benefits and experienced gained.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    Long-Time Google Employee, Changes Over Time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Marketing manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    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 for more than a 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
  8.  

    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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Crazy perks. Relaxed atmosphere. Smart people.

    Cons

    Not invented here for pretty much all technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Agency Team Lead  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Agency Team Lead in Sydney

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Truly is one of the best places to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    great culture, vision and projects

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    progression limited
    sydney distant from mountain view
    some bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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