Google Reviews

Updated 19 September 2014
Updated 19 September 2014
2,477 Reviews
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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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Getting Too Big

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staffing Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Staffing Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great mission - creates large impact and affects people's lives. Always pushing innovation with high risks projects like self driving car and Google Glass. Googlers are compensated very well and there are lots of perks.

    Cons

    This may not apply to the entire company because my experience was in the Human Resources department. It has become bureaucratic and very political. Maybe this is part of being a 50,000+ company. There's too much red tape that slows down the ability to get things done. Also, success is becoming dependent on who you know and how much you sell yourself. It's no longer about your accomplishment or abilities. Title and level are becoming more important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some Directors and Sr. Managers are average or terrible. Listen to lower level employees and what they have to says about their managers. Don't just rely on the surveys - interview them privately. You'll learn more about how they feel and view their leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company to pursue career

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great culture and passionate people

    Cons

    Nothing negative. Just personal relocation.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly, brilliant people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great community atmosphere. Brilliant engineers who are humble, respectful, and go out of their way to help you. The perks are seriously insane -- delicious food, world-class gyms, etc. Unlike some other reviewers, I've had no trouble with movement around the company. I will say that I started Google with a particularly excellent and supportive team, which means I got very good peer reviews, which made transfers to other teams quite easy. I've seen others who get unluckily placed in a hohum team and have trouble getting out. I find work-life balance also quite reasonable, though it might help to be remote from the HQ.

    Cons

    Gets a bit political as you climb up the ladder. Not toxically so, but still annoying.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Lousy Manager

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    Current Employee - Language Specialist  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Language Specialist in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Environment, perks, portfolio, campuses, culture, food, coolness, average employee skills and intelligence, top management, benefits.

    Cons

    Salary if you come from other industry, people managers, non-eng performance management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management should now lower-middle level people managers suck. They are very bad at people skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun, exciting summer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, friendly co-workers, and broader, less deep managerial hierarchy.

    Cons

    Might not always work on interesting problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great place to work with many perks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    many pros come to mind when i think of working at the specific company that we are talking about

    Cons

    no cons come to mind when i think of working at the specific company that we are talking about

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The best place to work at!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    The work environment is fantastic! I am working with such great minds.. brilliant! It is such a pick me up to just go to work everyday. I look forward to every day at work.

    Cons

    Cons? whats cons? There are no cons of working at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer Programs Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Developer Programs Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Filled with smart people and interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    It's such a big company that it is impossible to keep standards high. As a result there are people there that should be fired but can't because a large company is an easy target.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Best company out there. Period.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    smart coworkers, mobility, meritocracy, perks

    Cons

    office moves are frequent to find room for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    benefits, food, terrific co workers

    Cons

    crowded, competing for talent, remote offices

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