Google Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
2,458 Reviews
4.4
2,458 Reviews
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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.  

    Awesome company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Culture is great so are people

    Cons

    No cons or negatives at all

  2.  

    Great people, great values

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits and care of employees is obviously world class, and compensation is almost unmatchable. But the company attracts some of the best talent and best people to work with in the world, which is the most important bit. Potential impact is always huge, and it's great to wake up in the morning and hear that the company you work for is going to try and defeat death, or bring internet in balloons to rural areas.

    Cons

    Google has gotten really large, and depending on where you are in the company, some bureaucracy and politics can get in the way. The company is very conscious of it, though, so it's less than you might see at other companies of this size. Launching is also the main emphasis -- it's hard to hire some of the brightest people in the world and ask them to just maintain some code base. Almost everyone is very entrepreneurial and always want to be working on new things, so maintaining things and following through of things can sometimes be difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Red Badge... aka Temp

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I really was amazed by all the amenities on campus.

    Even though I was just a temp... it was a chance to socialize & work with some very smart people.

    Cons

    For most red badges, (temps), there is absolutely no chance of them ever being hired on as a full-time employee.

    However, that doesn't stop some of them from trying with a "take no prisoners" approach.

    They will throw you under the bus & stab you in the back whenever possible.

    Always CYA !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say "hi" to some of the red badges when they walk by.

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  5.  

    Good experience for summer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Summer Engineering Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    I really appreciate the nice food of Google's cafe. I also love the harmonious environment in Google, such as various activities like sports meeting, Take your child at work, etc. I meet so many friendly colleagues. Besides, I enjoy Google's flexible hours.

    Cons

    Salaries for summer interns in China are not high, especially for undergraduate students, compared to interns in U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope there will be more cool teams in China.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good employer, job is like all other online marketing jobs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 more than a year

    Pros

    Very good benefits, leadership in every job you do and is also asked for. Managers are not really good, but you have to manage yourself anyways.

    Cons

    Job is not satisfying, but that is the same in all other companies. There are little possibilites to grow in the company, at least before a two year tenure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for, some flaws

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern  in  Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting problems to solve. Nice amenities and work environment.

    Cons

    Depending on the project you work on, your work, while challenging, can feel very meaningless in the grand scheme of things. The company is a bit scatter brained, which can lead to great things, but also neglected projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people 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
  9.  

    Good Company

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

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    In Hardware Operations:
    Good work-life balance, lower pay, not really treated like the rest of Googlers

    Cons

    Management uses Operations Technician contractors as repetitive manual labor after giving them high level interviews that Google is known for. This causes a lot of dissatisfaction and turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase compensation, don't hire smart people for dumb roles. They will get bored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Love it here.

    • 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

    Pros

    Great teams and great people

    Cons

    It is extremely competitive here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Really Amazing benefits

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Also great atmosphere. Make you feel young!

    Cons

    Very free, and some become not productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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