Google Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
2,476 Reviews

4.4
2,476 Reviews
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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page
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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.  

    Hard work, but worth it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer III  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer III in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    One of the best companies in the world to work for.

    Cons

    If you want work-life balance, you have to be the one to take the initiative. It won't just be handed to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Smartest people ever

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

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

    Pros

    The people are amazing, everyone is super talented and smart. Food & other perks are generous. For a large company, has a superbly impressive culture and responsiveness to employees' desires.

    Cons

    Individual team/group culture varies widely, some are a lot more "fun" to work on than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategically: keep it up! Larry is doing a great job internally. From a communications standpoint, I miss the days of Eric as CEO, as he's just so great at talking to the press and representing the company externally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Speech Data Evaluator

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Speech Data Evaluator  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Speech Data Evaluator in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly environment, good salary, excellent facilities & food

    Cons

    mechanic work, no challenges, no transparency

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Google full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As a leader in software industry, this company gives you achievement and makes you excited about the things you are doing. It provides you with various kinds of training. You have a chance to learn skills in different fields, which is very helpful for your development.

    Cons

    I don't see there are any obvious drawbacks. This company has a good work/life balance and provides learning opportunities internally. Maybe a pity is that time is too short to consume what the company provides you with every day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome Culture!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    Great environment for those who are very driven

    Cons

    Nothing more than the usual growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    In and out place but still better than most places, and you learn a ton.

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

    I worked at Google part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Sense of community, nice work and life balance, and grand thinking.

    Cons

    Getting stuck in the middle of bad management really turns your work life upside down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time-off policies and follow the company values instead of setting your own for others to take after.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Large Corp to work for

    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Perks, free lunches, etc. Google setup the current model for a lot of younger companies around the world and successfully created a culture of sharing and community.

    Cons

    Google will let you balance your life, but unless you're really good, expectations are high and a lot of overtime will be needed to reach up the ladder. Google won't force you, but it is still a meritocracy.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job, hard to navigate career or transfer internally.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Pros

    Perks
    Stable job
    Great people
    Flexibility in hour
    Office
    Resources

    Cons

    Commute sucks if you are in SF
    Compensation not competitive if you are outside of MTV
    Internal transfer is way too hard
    Difficult to navigate career path
    Internal politic can get a bit much
    Performance management are difficult for people outside of SWE ladder

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing place, strong culture but not perfect for mid / senior level managers

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

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Incredible culture; great transparency and excellent communication between senior management and the rest of the company. Very smart, motivated and fun people to work with. Incredibly fast paced and forward thinking company. Generally, very good products which are constantly improved on. Google is very consumer centric and also fast to learn and improve its products.

    Cons

    Google can be extremely competitive and is unrelenting in its pace. More importantly, for senior or mid level management you can hit a glass ceiling. The company is very product / eng driven which can at times be frustrating for sales & marketing people. Google is not organized structurally for employees looking for GM or P&L experience. It's too functionally structured for that. If you want to eventually manage a business then unless you're a product / eng person this might not be the right place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company, limited opportunities in a remote office.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Operations Associate  in  Boulder, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Sales and Operations Associate in Boulder, CO (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. Fun congenial environment. Smart, motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Felt pigeonholed in my roll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency around career path opportunities and lateral moves between teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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