Google Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
2,600 Reviews
4.4
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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 127 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 114 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    Great place to work, but dealing with big company problems

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Awesome place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (less than an 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
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    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
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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
  6. 16 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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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 an 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
  7. 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to intern at!

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    good benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    not much, except it's competitive

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Google Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Google

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (more than an 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

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