Google Reviews

Updated 30 August, 2014
Updated 30 August, 2014
2,481 Reviews

4.4
2,481 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 105 reviews)

  • Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro (in 220 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 100 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 71 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Insane workload but with almost no bureaucratic nonsense

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits are fantastic. People routinely ask if the internet rumors are true about the lunches, healthcare, etc.. well... they are. Further- you are encouraged to take advantage of them (including things like 12 weeks of paternity leave)

    People are, by and large, some of the smartest most interesting people I have ever met.

    Cons

    Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE wants to ask me questions about Google, if I like it, is rumor XYZ true, ... etc. Also, just about everyone within 3 degrees of me in places like LinkedIn have asked for jobs. Even the Barista at Peets asked for a job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work environment, incredibly smart co-workers, very collaborative.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    It's Google. But seriously, tons of cool stuff going on, and the ability to impact lives at scale. The work is challenging.

    Cons

    It's easy to get caught up in the multitude of emails, especially when working on teams that cross timezones. Work-life balance is something that you have to specifically think about.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Awesome Culture!

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

    I worked at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    Great environment for those who are very driven

    Cons

    Nothing more than the usual growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's Google

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

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart people. Good engineering practices. Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor. Lots of opportunities for travel. Interesting projects. Compensation and benefits very generous. Lots of cool perks, fun offsites etc.

    Cons

    Capricious high-level management direction, some projects don't make sense. Working across many time zones in distributed offices is challenging at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Challenging and Exciting Time!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Google [X]  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Google [X] in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Having a voice with upper management.

    Cons

    None that I can think of off the top of my head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hard work, but worth it.

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

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    One of the best companies in the world to work for.

    Cons

    If you want work-life balance, you have to be the one to take the initiative. It won't just be handed to you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Smartest people ever

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are amazing, everyone is super talented and smart. Food & other perks are generous. For a large company, has a superbly impressive culture and responsiveness to employees' desires.

    Cons

    Individual team/group culture varies widely, some are a lot more "fun" to work on than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategically: keep it up! Larry is doing a great job internally. From a communications standpoint, I miss the days of Eric as CEO, as he's just so great at talking to the press and representing the company externally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intense environment of hyper-competitive "A" players

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    It is an amazing place to challenge yourself. There are lots of perks, but at least from my experience you are going to work very hard to keep them.

    Cons

    You haven't seen politics like this Neverland before. Rich people that got in early, or industry professionals who have had too much reality to adapt is the norm. Ivy League MBAs are a dime a dozen. Egos are huge, and sometimes warranted. You will feel small time, and like an idiot for a long while after you start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I knew where the hell their head was at half the time I'd offer my .02 but money keeps rolling in and crazy ambition is always the M.O.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    In and out place but still better than most places, and you learn a ton.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Sense of community, nice work and life balance, and grand thinking.

    Cons

    Getting stuck in the middle of bad management really turns your work life upside down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time-off policies and follow the company values instead of setting your own for others to take after.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Large Corp to work for

    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Perks, free lunches, etc. Google setup the current model for a lot of younger companies around the world and successfully created a culture of sharing and community.

    Cons

    Google will let you balance your life, but unless you're really good, expectations are high and a lot of overtime will be needed to reach up the ladder. Google won't force you, but it is still a meritocracy.

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