Google Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
2,481 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great, once you learn to work smarter

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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, pay, work-from-home policy, and really smart people. You don't run into morons here, and that makes life *so* *much* *better*. The tools available inside are better than anything that anyone can buy, and really have no equal.

    You have a bit of a raffle in terms of your manager, but really, just switch around when you can to find one that works well for you. Being at Google with a manager that you work well with is an optimal life situation

    Cons

    Some managers are great technically, but have no people skills whatsoever. Also, the level of work and output by your peers is very high. You have to learn to work smart to make your work-life balance fit. This means learning how to effectively use the tools (which takes time, but they're really good), to build discipline to avoid spacing out on random websites, and actively managing your time. You also have company policies (easy to work from home, flexible hours) to make that happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for employees to switch groups when a manager has poor rankings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing mobility - there is no company that has a leading presence in as many different areas of technology. Employees are able to switch roles and teams easily, it's like being able to get a new job without leaving the nest.

    Cons

    Big company issues - hard to grow scope and have an individual impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to keep people interested when significant promotion opportunities are hard to come by.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best experience in my carreer

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

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

    Pros

    Great projects and culture, plenty of nice and interesting people to work with, easy to get involved in whatever interests you.
    Also plenty of resources and supportive management which allows to be ambitious and still succeed.
    Perks are also great.

    Cons

    I can't imagine working somewhere else even for much more money.

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

    Product mgr

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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    What else do you need when you work at number one branded company in world. Pros are
    Brand
    Culture
    Team
    Agile
    Food
    Perks

    Cons

    Pay
    Zero process
    Crappy interview process
    Cowboy projects
    Repetitive projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Interview process needs to be relooked at big time, missing out on good talent and bar is getting unevenly set.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Diverse & interesting people, big challenges, effective leadership, great perks

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    people are great. you have the most interesting conversations with your colleagues who have super diverse interests. work quality and culture is pretty good.

    Cons

    nature of work is more rote than it used to be (what with the onset of "big company culture"). harder and harder to be heard over the sea of voices despite (or perhaps because of) open culture.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    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.

  8.  

    Great challenges, lots of opportunity to learn and grow, and an extremely cool culture.

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

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

    Pros

    - Very smart and nice colleagues.
    - Solve on problems on a completely different scale than other companies.
    - Lovely culture and great perks.

    Cons

    - Very Mountain-view-centric, especially at higher levels
    - Mountain view is a horrible place to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the growth in mountain view so it becomes less than all other larger offices.
    Spread senior management around into other offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Nice company to work for

    Cons

    No cons can be found

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No cons can be found

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Insane workload but with almost no bureaucratic nonsense

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are fantastic. People routinely ask if the internet rumors are true about the lunches, healthcare, etc.. well... they are. Further- you are encouraged to take advantage of them (including things like 12 weeks of paternity leave)

    People are, by and large, some of the smartest most interesting people I have ever met.

    Cons

    Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE wants to ask me questions about Google, if I like it, is rumor XYZ true, ... etc. Also, just about everyone within 3 degrees of me in places like LinkedIn have asked for jobs. Even the Barista at Peets asked for a job.

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

    My experience at google was nothing short of amazing

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

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

    Pros

    So many highlights including: intelligent people, expansive budgets to accomplish your department initiatives, great perks and an amazing work environment overall. Everyone is highly driven and ambitious and when I came into work every day, I literally felt that energy as soon as I walked in through the door. People who excel in this company are self-starters and creative people that are able to think quickly and outside of the box.

    Cons

    upward mobility is stagnant. perks can make most complacent and satisfied with their role level for years with no title promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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