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.  

    Amazing company but disappointed with contract conversion process

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    • 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
  2.  

    Challenging, fun and rewarding

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

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

    Pros

    Career-wise this is a great place to work - there are opportunities for anyone who is willing to build a reputation. The work itself, the smart people and the perks: a Japanese restaurant serving up Asian food every day for free!

    Cons

    I would say the main downside is that people work such long hours. Perhaps this is because the environment is so competitive. I also don't think the salary in London is competitive with the main alternative employers - investment banks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    - large focus on work-life balance
    - great opportunities and support for personal and career development
    - amazing co-workers and atmosphere

    Cons

    - Google is getting bigger and more liks a corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Seven wonderful years at Google.

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    • 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
  6.  

    Amazing place to work

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Smart folks and great stuff to do.

    Cons

    long hours, pay is okay and could be higher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Satisfied Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Boulder, CO (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The Boulder office is a tight-knit group of passionate, empathic people. Good pay. Good people. Good food. Reasonable working hours.
    Only breakfast and lunch are served at the Boulder office, which is one of the things that makes the Boulder office so relaxed. It doesn't seem like people feel the need to stay until the late hours of the night, although you're totally welcome to if you like. Just do your work, get along with your coworkers, and everyone is happy.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work was too interesting, and my coffee would become cold before I could drink it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Account Strategist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance
    pay
    freebies
    culture and TGIF is great..
    very open to feedback

    Cons

    Too much competition
    Lack of variety in terms of work
    Started to act like a big organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create challenges for eople

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    awesome place to work

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    google is a great place to work at, you get all the facilities you can imagine, free food, gym, manageable timings..
    you get to work with the most intelligent people in the word, so your time in goole will be awesome.. salary is awesome too.

    Cons

    not that many challenges you get in google. you will get help whenever you stuck at anything. first couple of months adjusting to work can be hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing to say,, they r doing a great job..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Search Quality Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Search Quality Associate in Hyderābād (India)
    Former Employee - Search Quality Associate in Hyderābād (India)

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

    Pros

    It was my first job after Undergrad. So, it was totally cool.
    - Company is really really fantastic.
    - Smart engineering practices
    - lots of food and pampering

    Cons

    I joined this role thinking that the job can lead me to Engineer position. The managers in this position are not really smart. They cannot understand your career plan.
    - They just make you feel worthless
    - Will be stuck in the position unless you impress your current manager
    - One will learn nothing in these type of positions.
    - This position is for people who just want to relax and not bothered about what they are learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management is fantastic. But, local managers are dumb and cannot visualize the outcome of efforts. They just do people management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Ethical group to work with. Fun atmosphere. Easy to be comfortable submitting ideas.

    Cons

    Getting guidance from higher management. Work, life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to contractor suggestions.

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