Google Reviews

Updated 30 September 2014
Updated 30 September 2014
2,508 Reviews
4.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 117 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 244 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 83 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Getting Too Big

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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  

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Open enviroment. Great people, rewarding.

    Cons

    Fast paced hard to keep up with at times.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding employer image is absolutely justified!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Strategist  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Benefits and perks for sure. However, its the people, the spirit, the respect and the amazing diversity that makes Google an outstanding employer. I am in the company for less than 3 months and already got an approval to learn a new language out of personal interest! And my manager does everything to support my personal and professional development, however leaves me space to settle and familiarize with the new environment.

    Cons

    You are in a competitive environment and suddenly you're not one of the smartest of your peers anymore (like you were in college) but are really challenged to go above and beyond to stand out. And some teams are really competitive, especially those who get performance bonus. There is a LOT to learn and it is quite overwhelming and seems a little fuzzy in the beginning, but pretty soon there is this point where the puzzle suddenly starts to make sense!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes, focus more on the team as an entity than on individuals!

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

    Pleasant to work here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - competitive package.
    - awesome benefit: free food, gym, micro kitchen, many benefits
    - unique culture to encourage to encourage innovation

    Cons

    grows relatively steadily and stably, possibly fewer opportunities here than in startups

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Closest Place To Paradise

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

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

    Pros

    Perks like free food, great gyms, shuttle services, etc
    Great company culture
    A lot of great networking events across departments
    Google grow classes that help you build on old skills or learn new ones

    Cons

    Upward mobility is hazy
    Compensation isn't what I expected

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Google for employee lot of paise

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer  in  Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Good for people , lot of money

    Cons

    no cons as such good place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Love it that's all I have to say

  9. 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.

  10.  

    Decent place...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    free food, snacks, and plenty of distractions to balance your day...

    Cons

    Sometimes the direction can be a cluster...

  11.  

    good for tenured engineer; bad for passionate engineer

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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 3 years

    Pros

    very good life-work balance; very good compensation

    Cons

    work on small things; lots of doc/design reading

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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