Google Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
2,569 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    It's like being back in College again times going to Disneyland everyday

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free.Food.NOM.
    Beautiful campus, fun offices
    Free gyms & fitness classes
    Best 401k match I've ever seen
    Free transportation to work
    Generous maternity/paternity leave
    Brilliant, fun, friendly coworkers
    Larry & Sergey. Seriously, they are the best.
    Unlimited resources for personal development
    Interesting projects that are changing the world
    Bowling alleys, volleyball courts, massage chairs, laundry, etc
    Real work-life balance
    Hiring that focuses on outgoing, friendly people who are passionate about learning (as opposed to companies that only care what you know now, and if someone next to you knows .0001% more than you, you are out). Things change so quickly at Google you have to just have a good attitude and quickly learn/adapt.

    Cons

    As the company grows promotions are harder and internal politics increases. Interview process is very long (I had 14 interviews and it took months). But hands down it is still the best company to work for in the whole world, period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to concentrate all employees in MTV. There is no housing here and no one should have to put 80% of their take-home pay to rent.

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

    Great Company, Great People, Unlimited Education

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at Google as a contractor for about 8 months. I came in knowing next to nothing about sales and left knowing almost everything about cloud technology, SalesForce and of course Google products. Even when you are in a contractor role, they invest a lot of time and energy into making you successful. I learned more in those months than I have at any other position in the last 3-4 years. Could not recommend an experience more.

    Cons

    Kids managing kids (although they do it pretty well), separation between contractors and full time, inconsistent career paths

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Working with some of the smartest people in the world on products used by millions.
    2. Great diversity of products you can potentially work on.
    3. Offices around the world, so you don't have to be in Silicon Valley.
    4. Very humane culture. E.g., you're encouraged not to work late and not to do email on weekends. Generous perks are another aspect of this.

    Cons

    1. Male/female ratio (although this is an industry-wide issue, and Google is working hard to address it).
    2. Design and product quality still not consistently high enough. However, they're very conscious of it and it's improving quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing company, great benefits and lots of responsibility from day 1 on!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Incredible perks
    - Amazing people
    - Competitive salary
    - Worldwide locations-
    - Being part of creating the future

    Cons

    - Sometime there is the "big company syndrome" that everyone is trying to overcome at Google

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

    SALES AND OPERATIONS AT GOOGLE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of smart people.
    ability to meet a lot of clients from all industries
    great reputation
    benefits are fantastic
    ability to travel to various google offices

    Cons

    The company towards the last part of my tenure has been way too political for my taste.
    The other issue is that the company was sometimes too slow to react to certain threats (eg social) which was disappointing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to make the company less political
    Hire less people with consulting background.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Seven wonderful years at Google.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    #1 work with the most talented, driven, amazing, and nice people who will make you better
    #2 work on really interesting products that benefit millions of people
    #3 egalitarian culture, meritocracy; the value of the idea is what matters, not the status of the person promoting it
    #4 salary, benefits, perks pretty impossible to beat

    Cons

    #1 performance matters, you will have to work hard, work smart, and grow
    #2 it can be very demanding and ask a lot of you, require long hours sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work! Great atmosphere, ultimate benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Account Strategist in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Associate Account Strategist in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to jump in working life after graduating. The best benefits in the business, most amazing collegues and option to work abroad. Lots of options to expand your knowledge by doing extra courses (on- or offline).

    Cons

    Lots of people with great potential, all looking for promotion. You might not get the opportinities to grow as soon as you think you deserve them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open about the options of in company growth right from the start

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing company but disappointed with contract conversion process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Sourcer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Sourcer in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Perks are amazing. The people are incredibly smart and you work on cool stuff

    Cons

    It's hard to not feel like a cog in the wheel. I hired over 20 ELITE Software Engineers in 12 months and was not converted to full time due to my location. That seems silly to me, as I was in the top 10% of all producers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Extremely rewarding and gratifying experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great work environment, amazing benefits, flexibility on schedule, free hand to make decisions, peer camaraderie and very easy going atmosphere.

    Cons

    Long hours, not enough remuneration, upper management little arrogant but apart from that, a great place to work and learn and gain experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay scale!

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is always a new challenge

    Cons

    Quality of more recent hires not as good as it used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to learn from mistakes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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