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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Fast-paced work environment; smart people.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Google (less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of the coworkers are extremely smart. You are given lots of responsibility and you have the ability to work on new and exciting products.

    Cons

    Although it is not formalized, many people work long hours. Also, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or even out-of-place in the office. The standards are very high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Can be Great, Can suck.

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    Current Employee - SRE in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - SRE in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Google is still overall a good place to work, It is not the great place to work it once was but its not the worst by any means. As it grows it has lots of big company bs and politics that come with that. If you think Google once you get to Google everything you hate about working in cooperate america will be better you will be very disappointed.

    Cons

    It all depends on your immediate team and manager. Google is so big now that anything you say about them is not true of different area good or bad.

    Google wants everyone to live in Mountain View or New York with a total disregard for there ability to afford to live there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making everyone live in the most expensive places.
    Find the bad managers and weed them out.

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

    Be prepared to be challenged, pushed and work v hard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits, travel, food (which is phenomenal), opportunities - placements, working on different projects across the company, being constantly challenged, needing to think - constructively, properly and sometimes really quickly, amazing colleagues who are similarly extremely smart, fast and challenging

    Cons

    You need to be prepared to work hard - your bonus, standing, salary etc are all predicated on you working hard and continuing to improve. You need to show you are a team player as well as an individual, so be prepared to take on extra work to make the grade. It's a large company, so you have to find ways to stand out. Don't expect much of a home life at times - when you're up against it, it's expected you'll stay there all hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Paradise with a few setbacks

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    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    There are so many people who are recognized world-wide and have their own wikipedia page that you can meet while working at this company. There is also a death benefit, which is when a Google employee passes away, their stock vests immediately, and their surviving spouse receives 50% of their salary for the next 10 years. They really do want to take care of you.

    Cons

    This is just the inevitable problem associated with companies that amass a large size and establishment in the market, but it's hard for employees themselves to innovate. Also, there are just too many over-qualified employees at Google who are relegated to simpler roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regress to the original organization of a startup: zero committees. Everyone must have a voice in innovating.

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

    Excellent company, great experiences

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    - Super smart people (co - workers)
     - Great work life balace
     - Ability to make a huge impact
     - High momentum and quick decisions

    Cons

    - not all teams/dept/locations are treated the same
     - experience dependent on manager and their ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - more effort needed to training managers.

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

    Good in general

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    I liked the food and the benefits

    Cons

    There wasn't much I didn't like

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall a good experience working for one of the top companies in the world.

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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The food court is amazing. They have all types of food here and it's all cooked in front of you. And getting around campus is a breeze.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any cons except for the fact that a lot of jobs at Google are contract positions. I wish they would hire their best workers from contract to permanent based on performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management here really depends on where and what department you work at. There are a lot of different projects going on around the Google campus so I cannot answer this definitively. But my experience overall was alright.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay aware from Consumer Operations department

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    Former Employee - Consumer Operations in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Consumer Operations in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    - Mission driven, product focused company (I really respect and admire the co-founders)
    - Obviously all the perks that folks talk about (on-site doctors, many different cafes with its own themes, annual holiday gift, etc)
    - Great brand recognition - you can always feel validated when you tell people you work at Google
    - Truly a company that tries to be innovative and do good for society
    - Overall compensation that's hard to match unless you're going to Facebook (competitive base + yearly bonus + equity + all the perks of being at Google)

    Cons

    - The department you go to will dictate whether you have a great time or terrible time at Google.
    - Consumer Operations was a really political organization, with folks who wanted to watch out for their own behinds so would throw others under the bus as necessary. In this department, we had managers who were not fit to lead. While rest of Google had flexibility to work remotely, this department frowned upon this which is ironic given the senior director lives in Los Angeles and actually commutes back/forth with a fair amount of remote work.
    - Be ready for reorgs often and change of responsibilities
    - There are definite jerks in Consumer Operations department, you wouldn't think it given the transparent, open culture of Google but Consumer Operations has its own culture. Unfortunately, the Consumer Operations culture is not the Google culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Remember that people don't leave companies, they leave managers
    - If you're in Consumer Operations, I'd recommend getting out of there to other parts of Google that are more healthy

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Training Coordinator in New York, NY (US)
    Former Contractor - Training Coordinator in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Working with incredible people and learning a lot about the tech industry

    Cons

    Being on contract you are completely closed out from GROW, and therefore working on and developing new skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great overall working experience here.

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    • 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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and great employee interactions.

    Cons

    The commute from San Francisco can be a little long but is rewarding when you get to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's working out great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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