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Updated 17 December 2018
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  1. "Great organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - culture
    - ambition and future potential

    Cons

    - not many at all to be honest


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    "Agency Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    Amazing Benefits and Work Culture

    Cons

    Work changes quickly so you have to be able to adapt very fast

  3. "Great overall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great facilities, benefits and bright minds to work with

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of right now


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    "Excellent culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent culture, exciting projects and great people

    Cons

    Huge multinational, can be overwhelming


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    "Generally good employer, good work life balance, remuneration, benefits but some challenges"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Google part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits (health insurance, life insurance, meals, perks) and remuneration (salary, bonus, shares). Generally good work life balance but it can skew at times.
    You can work on global products that impact millions of people
    Can take advantage of the benefits of a massive company e.g. training, relocation, etc
    People mostly try to get things done rather than playing politics. Most people are nice.

    Cons

    It can be tiring working in a massive organisation, constantly checking in with other product areas, trying to get alignment. Sometimes it's easier to stick your head in the sand and get stuff done.
    Working in a remote office is frustrating as projects are constantly shifted back to HQ or deprioritised every 1-2 years, and almost all the senior people are in Mountain View so your impact is less visible unless you travel a lot. It's hard not being in control of your own destiny. If you are ambitious, you should move to Mountain View.

    I have been with the company for a long time and the culture is changing, it used to be full of very intelligent people who are all nice and try to do what is right, but now the nice part is going away. The culture is slowly eroding. I have been in a team with a bad fit and it's hard to move (there is less sideways mobility in remote offices) and the company as a whole has lots more politics.

    Advice to Management

    Don't support bad behaviours just because they come from senior people (e.g. Level 6 and above).


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    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    - Google embraces a great working environment where people are always supportive and helpful
     - Google infrastructure and technology are great and there are a lot of things to learn from

    Cons

    - Google technology is more or less isolated from the outside world (converging though).


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    "Work Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Google part-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in the working environment.

    Cons

    There is probably no downside in this company currently. It is a start-up.

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    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people
    Great benefits
    Interesting work
    Opportunities galore

    Cons

    You're forever in meetings
    The quarterly nature of the business makes it feel like you're on a hamster wheel sometimes if you don't get proactive


  9. "a company that provides great technology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    provide good products across multiple spectrums

    Cons

    a bit pricy for average users

    Advice to Management

    less hierarchy ?


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    "Excellent workplace"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sydney
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very inspiring workplace, fantastic colleagues, mission driven and culturally pretty good for its size

    Cons

    Choice of Office matters for career progression and visibility