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  1. Helpful (5)

    Excellent

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and complex stuff to work on, at Google scale. Talented engineers to work with. Very flexible schedule, awesome perks, etc.

    Cons

    Somewhat random promotion process, flawed interviewing process (no know alternative there). I referred a lot of very good candidates, only one was eventually hired.

    Advice to Management

    Many managers don't spend enough time paying attention to their direct reports' careers. You don't just decide last minute you support somebody for promotion - you help him/her plan 6 months ahead for that, so that when the time comes he/she is well positioned.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Marketing Coordinator

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance and management style

    Cons

    Hard to maneuver around into different roles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  3. Organizing and planning

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

    I have been working at Google part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    because workspace and observe proper order,as well as to your credit and experienced employees and professional employers.Adequate publice sevices. Due to an increase motivation and my talent at work.

    Cons

    I do not see anything negative in the comany.

    Advice to Management

    Because Google is not working and I am not familiar with because I can not manage my advice in this regard.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Best place I've ever worked

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

    I have been working at Google full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Where to start? The challenges, the scale, the culture, the comp, the benefits, the perks, the global locations, the people. More famous people work here than probably anywhere else. It's Mecca for software engineers.

    Cons

    You can't just work on anything you want -- each site has specific focus areas, and you have to work on something in that site's areas. If you're at a smaller site, your options may be limited.

  6. Admin

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment for all

    Cons

    Not much bad to say

  7. Financial Analyst

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Incredibly intelligent and passionate individuals create a wonderful place to learn and grow
    Collectively shared inspiring vision
    Transparency and trust from leadership

    Cons

    Tremendous growth and scale has resulted in certain processes becoming bureaucratic and muddled
    At times trying to do too many things at once. Need to re-focus

  8. Product Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with great people. Most team members and leaders are very smart and passionate. I always learn something from my colleagues.

    Cons

    It is a big company now, and you need to deal with many dependencies and manage complex cross team relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Let's keep the focus on users. I think our culture of putting users first is one of the biggest assets. It sets the right focus in discussions and decisions that happen across all levels within the company.

  9. Senior Technical Writer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everything you've heard about Google is true, and more. They made me feel like a rock star. I had an excellent experience from day one. My hiring manager flew out to get me up-to-speed and went out of his way to set up a dinner so I could meet other writers on our team. The team I supported immediately created an environment where I could contribute and thrive -- indeed this is the Google way. I had access to needed training, and a support team of mentors and engineers. It was truly special to receive emails from people in NYC, England or Israel offering to help me if needed.

    Does it sound like I have a love affair with Google? I do. And it has nothing to do with the free snacks and food. Sure, that's great for the first month -- until you step on the scale! Where Google pulls away from the pack is how they treat you. It didn't matter that I was a contractor. I was invited to all the social off sights and included in Sprints. I was empowered to work independently and trusted to deliver on time. I was encouraged to try new things and not be afraid if it doesn't work To sum it up: My experience was Googlely.

    Cons

    That my contract ended. I can't really think of anything negative to say.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your contractors around longer! :)

  10. Teamlead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Team Lead in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Contractor - Team Lead in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Fun, Opportunities. International
    Fast paced
    Flexible
    Culture
    Great

    Cons

    Weak Communication at times. Disorganized at times.

  11. Instructional designer

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

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great culture - ability to speak frankly with your managers is definitely a plus!
    smart people everywhere
    excellent perks - food, transportation, happy hours
    work life balance supported and flexibility is great!

    Cons

    contract employees are definitely treated differently than full-timers
    long days of innovative thinking can wear you out
    lots of budgetary complaints this year in my dept.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing but be mindful of getting too big and unwieldy.
    Flexibility and a very open culture is key to success.

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