Google Reviews

Updated 19 October, 2014
Updated 19 October, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 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 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1. 60 people found this helpful  

    Great balance between big-company security and fun, fast-moving projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * If you're a software engineer, you're among the kings of the hill at Google. It's an engineer-driven company without a doubt (that *is* changing, but it's still very engineer-focused).
    * The perks are amazing. Yes, free breakfast, lunch, an dinner every weekday. Aaaaaamazing holiday parties (at Waldorf Astoria, NY Public Library, MoMA, etc.); overnight ski trips to Vermont; overnight nature trips to the Poconos in the summer; summer picnics at Chelsea piers; and on and on and on. I don't see this going away unless the company starts hurting financially.
    * Speaking of which, the company is doing quite well, which reflects in bonuses and equity grants.
    * There a huge diversity of work ranging from defending independent journalism worldwide (Google Project Shield) to crisis response during disasters (see Maps during Hurricane Sandy or Tsunamis), to the best machine learning experts and projects in the world, to more mundane revenue-driving projects in advertising, there's really something for everybody.
    * It's easy to move around within the company as long as you're in good standing (the vast majority of engineers are).
    * The company is amazingly open: every week Larry Page and Sergey Brin host what's called TGIF where food, beer, wine, etc. is served, a new project is presented, and afterward there's an open forum to ask the executives anything you want. It's truly fair game to ask anything, no matter how controversial, and frequently the executives will be responsive.
    * No, nobody cares if you use an iPhone, Facebook, shop with Amazon, stream using Spotify, or refuse to use Google+. The company is amazingly open and flexible.

    Neither pro nor con, but general information on work-life balance, promotions, and advancement.
    * Work life balance can be what you want it to be on most teams. (Some teams are in more competitive sectors and require more crazy hours all the time - but very few of them). If you do what's expected, you'll be fine at least for a handful of years. Working a roughly 40 hour work week is possible, and many people do it. There are also people who are hyper-motived and work like crazy just because they love it, or because they're competitive, or they want to get a promotion. If you work 40 hour weeks without putting in anything extra, you'll fall behind them as they advance and you stand still - and maybe that doesn't matter, so it works out for everybody. But at least know where you would realistically stand.
    * If you excel and work your butt off, you'll be compensated and promoted. If you let yourself be a code monkey, and just sit coding with your head down all day, you'll be fine but won't advance. A big complaint from some Googlers is about not being able to advance "even at Google" with pure coding. Sure, if you're the uber genius who created MapReduce and Bigtable, you're going to advance like a rocket without having to do anything but coding; but if you're like most engineers at Google -- smarter than average, but just average compared to other Googlers -- you're just a good coder and not revolutionary. Code monkeys are important to actually get stuff done, and to be sure you absolutely need to be a good coder as a software engineer (it's the minimum requirement), but code monkeys won't advance because they're not leaders and they're easy to replace. To get promoted you need to lead and do more than just code. There are plenty of ways to lead other than being an official tech lead, so this isn't actually _that_ hard, so the real point is just that you can't just sit there coding what other people tell you to code all day and expect to advance.

    Cons

    * It *is* becoming larger, and with it comes growing pains: bureaucracy, slow to respond to market threats, bloated teams, cross-divisional tension (though nothing remotely approaching that of Microsoft's internal tension).
    * The quality of the engineers is possibly dropping, but possibly not. It's hard to get real metrics, because as the absolute number of people grows, naturally the number of bad apples grows; as a percentage it's supposedly the same as it ever was, but with larger numbers of poorer quality engineers it just _feels_ like things might be changing for the worse.
    * Also with growth means more internal-confidential data leaks (again, because of the raw numbers of people) -- product announcements being ruined, etc. That means the company has to be tighter-lipped internally to avoid leaks, which makes things less open. It's still an amazingly open place, but less so than it was even a couple years ago. The good thing is they recognize it and actively look to improve things because they know how important it is to keep the good culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on the user. Everything else will follow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    It's like being back in College again times going to Disneyland everyday

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Google full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free.Food.NOM.
    Beautiful campus, fun offices
    Free gyms & fitness classes
    Best 401k match I've ever seen
    Free transportation to work
    Generous maternity/paternity leave
    Brilliant, fun, friendly coworkers
    Larry & Sergey. Seriously, they are the best.
    Unlimited resources for personal development
    Interesting projects that are changing the world
    Bowling alleys, volleyball courts, massage chairs, laundry, etc
    Real work-life balance
    Hiring that focuses on outgoing, friendly people who are passionate about learning (as opposed to companies that only care what you know now, and if someone next to you knows .0001% more than you, you are out). Things change so quickly at Google you have to just have a good attitude and quickly learn/adapt.

    Cons

    As the company grows promotions are harder and internal politics increases. Interview process is very long (I had 14 interviews and it took months). But hands down it is still the best company to work for in the whole world, period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to concentrate all employees in MTV. There is no housing here and no one should have to put 80% of their take-home pay to rent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Great People, Unlimited Education

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at Google as a contractor for about 8 months. I came in knowing next to nothing about sales and left knowing almost everything about cloud technology, SalesForce and of course Google products. Even when you are in a contractor role, they invest a lot of time and energy into making you successful. I learned more in those months than I have at any other position in the last 3-4 years. Could not recommend an experience more.

    Cons

    Kids managing kids (although they do it pretty well), separation between contractors and full time, inconsistent career paths

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    1. Working with some of the smartest people in the world on products used by millions.
    2. Great diversity of products you can potentially work on.
    3. Offices around the world, so you don't have to be in Silicon Valley.
    4. Very humane culture. E.g., you're encouraged not to work late and not to do email on weekends. Generous perks are another aspect of this.

    Cons

    1. Male/female ratio (although this is an industry-wide issue, and Google is working hard to address it).
    2. Design and product quality still not consistently high enough. However, they're very conscious of it and it's improving quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    SALES AND OPERATIONS AT GOOGLE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of smart people.
    ability to meet a lot of clients from all industries
    great reputation
    benefits are fantastic
    ability to travel to various google offices

    Cons

    The company towards the last part of my tenure has been way too political for my taste.
    The other issue is that the company was sometimes too slow to react to certain threats (eg social) which was disappointing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to make the company less political
    Hire less people with consulting background.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing company, great benefits and lots of responsibility from day 1 on!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    - Incredible perks
    - Amazing people
    - Competitive salary
    - Worldwide locations-
    - Being part of creating the future

    Cons

    - Sometime there is the "big company syndrome" that everyone is trying to overcome at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Extremely rewarding and gratifying experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Great work environment, amazing benefits, flexibility on schedule, free hand to make decisions, peer camaraderie and very easy going atmosphere.

    Cons

    Long hours, not enough remuneration, upper management little arrogant but apart from that, a great place to work and learn and gain experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay scale!

  9.  

    Seven wonderful years at Google.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA (US)

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

    Pros

    #1 work with the most talented, driven, amazing, and nice people who will make you better
    #2 work on really interesting products that benefit millions of people
    #3 egalitarian culture, meritocracy; the value of the idea is what matters, not the status of the person promoting it
    #4 salary, benefits, perks pretty impossible to beat

    Cons

    #1 performance matters, you will have to work hard, work smart, and grow
    #2 it can be very demanding and ask a lot of you, require long hours sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work! Great atmosphere, ultimate benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Account Strategist in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Associate Account Strategist in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to jump in working life after graduating. The best benefits in the business, most amazing collegues and option to work abroad. Lots of options to expand your knowledge by doing extra courses (on- or offline).

    Cons

    Lots of people with great potential, all looking for promotion. You might not get the opportinities to grow as soon as you think you deserve them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open about the options of in company growth right from the start

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing company but disappointed with contract conversion process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Sourcer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Sourcer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Perks are amazing. The people are incredibly smart and you work on cool stuff

    Cons

    It's hard to not feel like a cog in the wheel. I hired over 20 ELITE Software Engineers in 12 months and was not converted to full time due to my location. That seems silly to me, as I was in the top 10% of all producers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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