Google Reviews

Updated 22 October, 2014
Updated 22 October, 2014
2,581 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing Internship!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Practicum Intern in Cambridge, MA (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great perks
    - Excellent food
    - Working on projects that touch millions of people
    - Working for Google the past summer has helped me alot this time around to get other internships.

    Cons

    I would often stay late and get caught up in my work. It was a personal choice though.

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

    SALES AND OPERATIONS AT GOOGLE

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    • 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
  3.  

    cool things

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer In Test in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    things are good. culture is quite open and you opinions are valued

    Cons

    non responsive managememnt. also, difficult to advance

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Take part in creating useful tech

    Cons

    Almost cult like employee following

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing much

  6.  

    Good company, watch out for some departments

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Support Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Support Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    perks, talent, infrastructure, brand recognition, exposure to other parts of the company

    Cons

    training, onboarding, some department's culture are not Googley and could trap you in an area that prevents you from moving to other areas, commute from SF

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Perks, highly motivated, intelligent people.

    Cons

    Lots of people, can get lost

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More empowerment to those who aren't engineers

  8.  

    Great culture, perks and talent but poor performance measurement and promotion process

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Account Strategist in Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Account Strategist in Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Talented and bright coworkers
    Great perks - free breakfast, lunch & snacks, quarterly offsites
    Unbeatable culture - no dress code, alcohol-friendly social events

    Cons

    Political in terms of promotion
    Metrics are used to track performance to a tee - at least 8 different metrics were added to performance assessment in the span of 6 months

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great internship.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Freshman Engineering Practicum in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Freshman Engineering Practicum in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great support from managers, easy to ask questions, great coworkers. Great food, transportation, and other perks.

    Cons

    My major complaint is that people used the word "Googley" too much to describe everything so it lost all meaning. Oftentimes as an engineer, it felt like coworkers didn't have many other interests outside of engineering.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work! Great atmosphere, ultimate benefits

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    • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There is always a new challenge

    Cons

    Quality of more recent hires not as good as it used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to learn from mistakes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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