Google Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 August 2014
2,463 Reviews

4.4
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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.  

    Could be worse

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    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation package, flexible hours, some very smart people to work with, interesting projects at large scale if you are lucky.

    Cons

    Google is a large multinational company with all the bureaucracy and inertia that implies. If you get a decent manager and an interesting job it's alright. If you get a bad manager that could make your life very hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Plenty of room to grow.

    Cons

    Salary not too attractive. That said, benefits are great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Executive sales

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    Former Employee - Executive Sales  in  Portland, OR (US)
    Former Employee - Executive Sales in Portland, OR (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun fast past invornment. Good challenging work.

    Cons

    People in the office were a little snooty tooty or stuck up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Non

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    best ever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    paid well, good management, excellent training

    Cons

    absolutely none, can't think of one

  6.  

    Great internship opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    The best autonomy an intern could ask for; Some of the best peers I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    Internship evaluation criteria could be more transparent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No further advice

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work and learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate, Online Sales & Operations  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Associate, Online Sales & Operations in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    If you are looking to learn then Google is the place for you, you really will learn so much about the tech industry and your specific area. You also get to work with some really fantastic and intelligent individuals.

    Cons

    I would probably say that the work/life balance can be a little bit one way and you will regularly be working late hours to stay on top of things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None really at the moment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Really a great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Industry Analyst  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Senior Industry Analyst in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Google is what it sells: an amazing place to work for.
    People are generally active, open and extroverted. The working environment couldn't be better. The wage is above average for the industry. Office perks are great. The best thing about working for Google is that you are given full responsibility for your duties. Not often will you find a micromanager. They put real effort in giving everyone their space and responsibilities.

    Cons

    In cases, the person is overqualified for the job. Google has enough influence and attractiveness to bring on people that are too qualified for their jobs. Google rightly prides itself in having an amazing workforce, but it sometimes comes at the underutilization of people's abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend your life at Google. It needs to be a place with constant refreshing, and managers that don't move to other places don't leave space for the future generations, on which Google thrives. Google is getting older and so is its management. Google is an amazing place to develop a career, but people get old, thus so do ideas, methods and practices.

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

    Intense environment of hyper-competitive "A" players

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    Current Employee - Analytical Lead  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    It is an amazing place to challenge yourself. There are lots of perks, but at least from my experience you are going to work very hard to keep them.

    Cons

    You haven't seen politics like this Neverland before. Rich people that got in early, or industry professionals who have had too much reality to adapt is the norm. Ivy League MBAs are a dime a dozen. Egos are huge, and sometimes warranted. You will feel small time, and like an idiot for a long while after you start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I knew where the hell their head was at half the time I'd offer my .02 but money keeps rolling in and crazy ambition is always the M.O.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
  11. 1 person 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.

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