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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    Search Quality Associate

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    • 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
  2.  

    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.

  3.  

    Treat employees very well, but not much opportunity outside of Mountainview and New York

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and perks are fantastic. Each manager I've had is on board with providing a work-life balance. They are also supportive without micromanaging. Lots of opportunities to meet coworkers, go to events or join social groups. The work is important as well.

    Cons

    The only con is that overall, if you are not interested in Sales, there is very little opportunity outside of New York or Moutainview which can lead to lack of a long-term career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more roles (outside of Sales/ENG) to exist outside of NYC or MTV.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It was an incredible summer with a balance of intense technical work, google fun, and amazing food.

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

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

    Pros

    The culture and people are excellent. People are very passionate, smart, and brilliant. The benefits are unmatched. As an intern, as long as you got your work done, the work-life balance can be anything you want it to be, which makes everything very flexible and great.

    Cons

    As an intern, there were few if any cons. The general con of being at a large company and not really getting to know everyone definitely applies, but that's honestly not an unreasonable con.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent Place to work at!

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

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

    Pros

    Great perks: free food, arcade, gym, pool table, laundry, snack bar, bus service. There are weekly one on one meetings to gauge performance and provide advice, which I find very useful.

    Cons

    Difficult if you are a contract position as they do no convert on a regular basis. It sometimes also feels that you are treated as '2nd-class' as you are not a full-time employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would be nice if you converted more contract employees, especially if they performed very well and to the best of their abilities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    You learn an incredible amount in just 11 weeks!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    The supportive network of Googlers and office culture

    Cons

    There are literally no cons to this internship.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing place to work!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Principal in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - Great work-life balance (coming from a consulting background, so anything less than 60 hrs a week is great!)
    - Outstanding perks - company is really generous to its employees
    - Cool projects and products - use gmail for work! no outlook, no lotus notes!

    Cons

    - Complicated cross-functional organization design - company is organized around products vs. marketing & sales. Hard to coordinate and move people across functions to action

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce complexity! Streamline decision-making!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Google Contractor

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

    I worked at Google as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nearly Full access to facilities

    Cons

    Not quite all the benefits of a full employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not advertise as a "contract to hire", it is not a guaranatee

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast moving, lots of trust, amazing colleagues

    Cons

    Everyone is amazing, so it's difficult to stand out, can be competitive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Negotiate your starting salary

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    There is a band of salaries at each level, and when you start at Google or transfer departments, you can and should negotiate because they will start low. I got +8% to base.

    Cons

    Employees don't feel comfortable/safe giving feedback about managers because they're too protected by the next manager. Be wary of who your hiring manager will be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More checks and balances on manager feedback. I don't feel safe saying the truth in Googlegeist

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