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Updated 28 February, 2015
Updated 28 February, 2015
3,063 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.  

    good company

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    Current Employee - Developer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Developer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Nice city, arround the lake, everyone's super nice

    Cons

    Not much to say about it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, big corporation

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    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
  3.  

    Thrilling, challenging, rewarding

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    • 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
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  5.  

    Head of Industry

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    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
  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.  

    Awesome work environment and people!!

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    Former Contractor - Recruiter
    Former Contractor - 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
  8.  

    online testing

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    working from home, so there is nay pressure.

    Cons

    short assignment. I was freelance tester

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    Disappointed

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    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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