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Google Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
2,790 Reviews
4.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Free food and free drinks

    Cons

    Lots if A type personalities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Can't get better than this.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexibility in everything, culture, learn from & work with the best people in the industry.

    Cons

    Big company slug, not as slow as others, but still there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from experienced Google Managers, they are usually the best and that is why they usually have a great following of engineers and product managers that follow them from project to project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work and have an impact

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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    You can make a really big impact on the world working at google. There's an amazing diversity of projects, the resources available to the company are basically unequaled, and leadership is genuinely trying to do things that make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Google is severely lacking in gender, racial, and age diversity. It can also be easy to let Google consume your life out of work (i.e. social life); for some, though, that may not be a con.

    The transition to Larry Page as CEO was rocky, but I think we've come out ok, and employees are generally coming to trust Larry's leadership. Few regret Vic Gundotra's departure.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Google is very good company for SWEs.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Free food, googley people, good tools.

    Cons

    Way too complicated systems, small impact on the whole project.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Freedom in a very competitive environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great freedom to thrive for own and company development.

    Cons

    highly competitive environment , work life balance is a challenge

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Evangelized adoption and usage of Google Apps for Education to university IT departments as a Google Student Ambassador.

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    Former Employee - Google Student Ambassador in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Google Student Ambassador in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Vibrant work culture and numerous possibilities for professional growth.

    Cons

    None in my role as a Google Student Ambassador.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentivize employer performance with long-lasting intrinsic rewards than short-term extrinsic ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work as a contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA (US)

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

    Pros

    they feed you breakfast lunch and dinner
    the offices are open spaces designed to encourage employee interaction
    you are always on the cutting edge of something great and a new invention
    the money is great

    Cons

    they dont hire many contractors as full time Google employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your contractors and bring them to full time employees, it costs more to keep hiring contractors then just hiring them as full time employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Business Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    technical, smart people, open culture, flexible internal transfers

    Cons

    a bit routine, execution could be slow sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Ridiculous impact

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    • 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)

    Pros

    Where else do you get to work on a product used by hundreds of millions of people?

    Cons

    Occasional excessive bureaucracy. Whiny people

    Recommends
  11.  

    Great place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    People are amazing and doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Getting really big. Really noting bad can be said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much. Move faster, even faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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