Google Reviews

Updated 28 September, 2014
Updated 28 September, 2014
2,503 Reviews
4.4
2,503 Reviews
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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 115 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 241 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 111 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 82 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good nice very nice excellent

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    can not think of anything. should be good

    Cons

    i do not know. tell me if you know anything

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at Google full-time for 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
  3.  

    Disappointed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 14 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 for 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A nice place you can work for whole life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    High pay, great benefits, food provided everyday

    Cons

    Not everybody is smart enough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to intern at!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - BOLD Intern in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    - Fun corporate culture
    - Competitive pay
    - Amazing people
    - Challenging work
    - Good work-life balance
    - Plenty of opportunity to travel
    - Free food!

    Cons

    - Very demanding
    - High expectations
    - Stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Google Intern

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

    I worked at Google as an intern

    Pros

    Great employee benefits, games and fun including complementary food, transport and gym. Good environment for networking and social events.

    Cons

    Difficult to get into company and also to move up when in. Does not appreciate people with language skills enough and values universities based on name rather than world ranking.

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

    pretty good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    good benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    not much, except it's competitive

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Google

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Adwords Associate  in  Kitchener, ON
    Current Employee - Adwords Associate in Kitchener, ON

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

    Pros

    A typical day is 9-5 and the workplace is positive. The hardest part of my job is being recognized. The most enjoyable part of my job is the freedom the position gives me.

    Cons

    limited work/life balance, expected to work on paid holidays, little advancement opportunities, very competitive culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't konw

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company where you can work on world-changing challenges

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Surrounded by incredible people, working on some of the coolest problems in the world. The company is a rocket ship and, early in your career, you really get way more responsibility than you probably should.

    Cons

    Definitely not a startup anymore and you can start to feel the bureaucracy creeping in. Also, opportunities to really move up quickly are tougher to come by.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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