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Google Reviews

Updated 20 August 2014
Updated 20 August 2014
2,444 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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good compensation at a personal cost

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros

    I know that as a single person I have enough to save, invest and live off of plus there is always room to pitch and execute on your own entrepreneurial ideas.

    Cons

    The mirage of work/life balance is really convincing. Bosses do not model balance and climate has become selfish and brutal over the past 7 years. Definitely embarrassed to say that I work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be Googley. Free, generous and whip smart. Always good humored and audaciously progressive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    So many perks for employees! You have good food, many fun opportunities, good work amenities. I would say working at Google is an amazing experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes, hard to get a promotion. The work itself can be very challenging, and at times, colleagues may not be willing to help get you through tough codes or working experiences.

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job, hard to navigate career or transfer internally.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Tokyo (Japan)

    Pros

    Perks
    Stable job
    Great people
    Flexibility in hour
    Office
    Resources

    Cons

    Commute sucks if you are in SF
    Compensation not competitive if you are outside of MTV
    Internal transfer is way too hard
    Difficult to navigate career path
    Internal politic can get a bit much
    Performance management are difficult for people outside of SWE ladder

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

    Best company ever created in human history

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros

    Strong vision, execution, best pay / perks, seriously aiming to make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Internal competition, more top down these days than before, but still better than any other company outside.
    Too many Directors (compared to T7s), many incompetent ones, very difficult to move up in some part of the company, which serves as a reason why competent people leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, but...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Free food, free gym, plenty of autonomy and perks. Interesting speakers come into talk and we can generally set our own times and get our work done to our own rhythms.

    Cons

    Interesting projects are hard to come by outside the US hub. There is a hierarchy even if they claim there isn't. Decisions take forever - everyone's opinion is valid, yet there are too many decision makers and no decisions. Promotion is more about who you know that what you did. You will work long hours - usually till 7pm.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intense environment of hyper-competitive "A" players

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Mountain View, CA (US)

    Pros

    It is an amazing place to challenge yourself. There are lots of perks, but at least from my experience you are going to work very hard to keep them.

    Cons

    You haven't seen politics like this Neverland before. Rich people that got in early, or industry professionals who have had too much reality to adapt is the norm. Ivy League MBAs are a dime a dozen. Egos are huge, and sometimes warranted. You will feel small time, and like an idiot for a long while after you start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I knew where the hell their head was at half the time I'd offer my .02 but money keeps rolling in and crazy ambition is always the M.O.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Really a great place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Industry Analyst  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Senior Industry Analyst in Madrid (Spain)

    Pros

    Google is what it sells: an amazing place to work for.
    People are generally active, open and extroverted. The working environment couldn't be better. The wage is above average for the industry. Office perks are great. The best thing about working for Google is that you are given full responsibility for your duties. Not often will you find a micromanager. They put real effort in giving everyone their space and responsibilities.

    Cons

    In cases, the person is overqualified for the job. Google has enough influence and attractiveness to bring on people that are too qualified for their jobs. Google rightly prides itself in having an amazing workforce, but it sometimes comes at the underutilization of people's abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend your life at Google. It needs to be a place with constant refreshing, and managers that don't move to other places don't leave space for the future generations, on which Google thrives. Google is getting older and so is its management. Google is an amazing place to develop a career, but people get old, thus so do ideas, methods and practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    best ever

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

    Pros

    paid well, good management, excellent training

    Cons

    absolutely none, can't think of one

  10.  

    Great internship opportunity

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

    Pros

    The best autonomy an intern could ask for; Some of the best peers I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Internship evaluation criteria could be more transparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No further advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    I am feeling lucky... While working at Google

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategist, Product Quality Analyst  in  Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Strategist, Product Quality Analyst in Hyderābād (India)

    Pros

    Work culture
    Awesome Food
    Global exposure
    Benefits/perks
    Gives you an entrepreneurship platform

    Cons

    The company puts you in a comfort zone and makes it difficult to get out of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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