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Updated 13 Jun 2019

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai
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520 Ratings
  1. "Great learning opportunity, given the right team"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer(Internship) in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Sharp colleagues: Everyone on my team was on top of their game, and you can count on coworkers to deliver what they promise - Strong engineering culture: Emphasis on getting big design decisions right the first time around - Youthful-minded, dynamic environment: People are excited to be there, and value perspectives different from the usual 20-something programmer guy (speaking as a 20-something programmer guy - tech...

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    Cons

    - Location: Interesting projects are in Mountain View, deep in the south Bay suburban wasteland - Huge company: You can have a less positive experience if you get stuck with a team where you don't mesh

    Advice to Management

    Your culture is the secret sauce that makes Google a desirable place for brilliant, innovative people. Don't compromise that for short term business objectives (i.e. ever-increasing quarterly ad revenue).

    Google2019-06-11
  2. Helpful (2349)

    "Moving at the speed of light, burn out is inevitable"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    1) Food, food, food. 15+ cafes on main campus (MTV) alone. Mini-kitchens, snacks, drinks, free breakfast/lunch/dinner, all day, errr'day. 2) Benefits/perks. Free 24:7 gym access (on MTV campus). Free (self service) laundry (washer/dryer) available. Bowling alley. Volley ball pit. Custom-built and exclusive employee use only outdoor sport park (MTV). Free health/fitness assessments. Dog-friendly. Etc. etc....

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    Cons

    1) Work/life balance. What balance? All those perks and benefits are an illusion. They keep you at work and they help you to be more productive. I've never met anybody at Google who actually time off on weekends or on vacations. You may not hear management say, "You have to work on weekends/vacations" but, they set the culture by doing so - and it inevitably trickles down. I don't know if Google inadvertently hires...

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    Advice to Management

    1) Don't dismiss emotional intelligence and adaptive leadership. They're not just catch phases. You need great managers and leaders in order to build great companies and develop great employees. The people who may be brilliant at solving technical issues may not be (and are most often, not) the best candidates for management. 2) Do something about that work-ife balance. Don't just have a bunch of pow-wows and...

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    Google2013-06-21
  3. Helpful (539)

    "The best place I've worked and also the most demanding."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    You can't find a more well-regarded company that actually deserves the hype it gets. You'll work on cutting edge projects / solve important issues that impact your community and the world You'll meet interesting people who are your colleagues, managers, and senior management. You'll open the paper and see your company in the news almost every day, and read about projects you're working on, which is a cool thing...

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    Cons

    I live in SF so the commute can take between 1.5 hours to 1.75 hours each way on the shuttle - sometimes 2 hours each way on a busy day or rainy day. That means being on the bus for 3-4 hours PER DAY. It's a wired bus though which means you can work on the way to Mountain View. But it can feel brutal. Your first year or two are really important in terms of your career at Google and they affect how you're viewed, and...

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    Advice to Management

    Keep on NOT micromanaging - that is a huge benefit to Google. Most of us have a huge workload and we work in spikes and not chained to our desks, and we care deeply about producing, and we produce a lot. We can do that because you respect us enough to give us some freedom in how we do our jobs.

    Google2015-02-08
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Smart people and creative culture"

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    Former Employee - Technical Program Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart people Interesting projects Uses own software and platforms Great benefits Exposure to technology Great internal learning opportunities

    Cons

    Not many that I can think of that are specific to Google. A few managers who weren't terribly hands-on from a technology perspective, caring only about deadlines. But, then again, that's part of their role as managers. Happens in all companies. Performance review process had become rather onerous, but it was adjusted almost every year to address this issue.

    Google2019-06-11
  5. "Working with most intelligent software engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities to learn and grow, Excellent potential for impact

    Cons

    Personal expansion in terms of promotion could be slow

    Google2019-06-09
  6. "Junior. Software engineer"

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    Current Employee - Junior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1) good status of company 2) good salary 3) beneficial for family

    Cons

    1) work will ne more but it's not come in cons

    Google2019-06-08
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great place great team"

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    Current Employee - Interactive Web Designer in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great studio and everything good about google

    Cons

    typical big company and the size of it

    Google2019-06-01
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great company turning to a normal tech giant."

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    Former Employee - Corporate Operations Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great overall benefits and perks, you will work with a lot of smart people and get hands-on experience with a lot of new technologies, get the chance to work remotely across globally.

    Cons

    Management is kind loose in recent years, no clear direction. Some team may be doing a lot of toils, you may eventually burn out. Internal team transferring sometime are not that easy.

    Google2019-05-14
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Cooking Indian"

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    Former Employee - Chef in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good company I like to work here

    Cons

    The challenge of work and food quality

    Advice to Management

    Yes

    Google2019-05-24
  10. "The best place to work in the world. I couldn't imagine working anywhere else."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The culture feels 100 years ahead of everywhere else and it's constantly evolving. - Management works for you and with you, not against you or above you. - Everyone is approachable and friendly. - 20% time. - Working towards building products literally for everyone. - Free benefits such as gym and food. - You'll never get bored. - If somehow you're not having a great time, management will help you find something...

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    Cons

    - The pace of work can be a bit slow at times. - Tech debt feels high at times.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep evolving. - Stay transparent. - Always be googley.

    Google2019-05-30
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