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Updated 30 January, 2015
Updated 30 January, 2015
2,954 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, big corporation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, ON
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, ON

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are definitely the most talented I've ever worked with. The culture is friendly and laid back, and they do a lot to foster awareness about topical issues like diversity in STEM and privacy issues. I've learned a lot of technical and soft skills.

    Cons

    It is no longer a start-up. You are one of many stars, all competing to outshine each other. Recognition is hard to obtain, unless you work on one of the very few shiny projects. It is very Calfornia-centric, with the commensurate decrease in life quality doing late evening meetings a lot. Stack ranking is a big demotivator.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Thrilling, challenging, rewarding

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

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with exceptionally talented and intelligent Type A personalities and being involved in something huge. On the sales side, everyone wants to hear from you, rather than having to do a hard sell. It's great to work for a company with such a great (and well-deserved) reputation, since people naturally want to partner with you.

    Cons

    Being pulled in a million different directions at once and being at the mercy of every-changing corporate initiatives. Also, after some time, the tidal wave of corporate reporting has a tendency to get in the way of actually getting your job done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Head of Industry

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Head of Industry
    Former Employee - Head of Industry

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Fast-paced company with very smart and talented people.
    - Endless possibility to stretch and learn.
    - Amazing pay & benefits.

    Cons

    - Poor people management with unclear performance review and promotion process.
    - Lots of reorgs with unclear communication and transition plans.
    - Internal mobility is unclear and hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a people development program and promotion process that is more focused on performance and less on appearances.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome work environment and people!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at Google as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of challenging and stretched opportunities
    - You get to work with incredibly smart people
    - They really do take care of their employees

    Cons

    - Expectations are very high
    - Hours can get crazy at certain times
    - Hard to tell how well you are performing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    They are expanding their office right now, its been a great experience!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Work life balanced, very flexible, lots of team building activities

    Cons

    You have to learn a lot, fast paced and need to be 100% committed all the time

  7.  

    online testing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    working from home, so there is nay pressure.

    Cons

    short assignment. I was freelance tester

  8.  

    Great place to work, but dealing with big company problems

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    The people are generally great, the environment is amazing and there are tons of opportunities to move around if so inclined.

    Cons

    Google is struggling with big company problems. Lots of layers slow things down and can disenfranchise one a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As best you can, minimize the layers and let the people you hired, who are generally extremely bright, create.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at Google full-time (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
  10.  

    Disappointed

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

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Work alongside the best people
    Be on the "inside"
    Good food

    Cons

    Childish culture
    Low pay
    Lack of opportunity to move up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 20 people found this helpful  

    Treatment varies greatly depending on full time or contract status. Not as good as it appears to be.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Specialist in Kitchener, ON
    Current Employee - Technical Solutions Specialist in Kitchener, ON

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

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Free food and snacks
    - Great computer equipment and supplies
    - Desks where you can stand or sit (although not everyone had one)
    - Library, patio, and areas to lounge
    - Gym, exercise room
    - Unique office environment
    - Well documented tools

    Cons

    - Be wary of people that bring gifts like free food, there is usually a catch. (Company tries to create an environment in which employees never leave. By trying to turn work into "home", employees do not learn to take care of themselves and be on their own.)
    - Work days are very slow to start and late to finish ie: 9am - 6pm. I'm accustomed to 8am-4:30pm or 5pm. I like to have *some* daylight when my work day is finished.
    - No flex time for contractors.
    - No benefits
    - Pay is "average" or "below average" depending on whether you are full time or contractor
    - Many employees at Google are contract employees. These people have no benefits. (All the free food in the world does not make up for the lack of a pension plan, dental coverage, stock options, or other "real" monetary benefits etc.)
    - Contract employees are used and discarded, and kept separate from full time staff
    - Contract work does not lead to full time positions
    - Contractors cannot stay for more than one year before having to leave the company
    - My manager worked remotely and was usually not present
    - Daily team stand-up meetings were frequently cancelled.
    - Employees in the same room communicate through IM rather than face to face. Isn't it faster to talk than to type?
    - Skills gained are not transferable because Google uses its own proprietary software and tools.
    - Opinions and suggestions are not welcome.
    - Employees spent code reviews nitpicking about having too many program comments. That's right: comments *about* comments!
    - Employees are dismissed? without notification. *

    *My badge was deactivated this morning and nobody has contacted me since! I have no idea whether I'm still an employee at Google or not. It has been 10 hours. I have never seen a situation like this before. It is outrageous. I still have personal belongings in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try being in the building to manage employees.

    Treat contract workers like people rather than as objects to be used and thrown away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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