Google Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2014
Updated 15 September, 2014
2,460 Reviews
4.4
2,460 Reviews
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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.  

    challenging, supportive, focused, important

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    NYC, meals, soccer team, meals, benies,

    Cons

    don't know yet, will find out inevitably

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a great sit-down talk with someone outside my group about my long term plans. I hope everyone gets that talk,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great summer working on open source projects.

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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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Highly smart and supportive people. Lots to learn from everyone.

    Cons

    Didn't get much exposure thereafter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good work for hard-working people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Rewards for performance rather than according to position. Excellent learning possibilities internally as well externally even if not related to a role.

    Cons

    Working with lots of experienced professionals is a challenge itself. Be sure to be ready to work with competitive(in good way) people that challenge the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wide range of possibilities in taking time off of any kind. Constant emphasis on self development. If you want to be heard you will be heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company, but not for everyone

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

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

    Pros

    Great for learning. Fast-paced. Learn how to get things done. Fantastic pay & benefits. Easy access to senior folks. The higher management are full of visionaries and serve as an inspiration for the rest of the company.

    Cons

    Internal mobility is quite hard. Sometimes, even good people struggle to survive in the company due to very high expectations. Here, you are either continuously moving forward or you get out of the way - you cannot remain at the same level of performance for a long time.

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

    A good place to start your career, but maybe not the best place to grow it fast

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Strategist  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Strategist in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    For the most part, co-workers are smart, caring and considerate people. Google also offers awesome perks and really does try to treat its employees well.

    Cons

    It's a really big company, and suffers some inevitable big company problems like politics and internal mobility an be more difficult than one would imagine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, great values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The benefits and care of employees is obviously world class, and compensation is almost unmatchable. But the company attracts some of the best talent and best people to work with in the world, which is the most important bit. Potential impact is always huge, and it's great to wake up in the morning and hear that the company you work for is going to try and defeat death, or bring internet in balloons to rural areas.

    Cons

    Google has gotten really large, and depending on where you are in the company, some bureaucracy and politics can get in the way. The company is very conscious of it, though, so it's less than you might see at other companies of this size. Launching is also the main emphasis -- it's hard to hire some of the brightest people in the world and ask them to just maintain some code base. Almost everyone is very entrepreneurial and always want to be working on new things, so maintaining things and following through of things can sometimes be difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good employer, job is like all other online marketing jobs

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

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, leadership in every job you do and is also asked for. Managers are not really good, but you have to manage yourself anyways.

    Cons

    Job is not satisfying, but that is the same in all other companies. There are little possibilites to grow in the company, at least before a two year tenure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Red Badge... aka Temp

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    I really was amazed by all the amenities on campus.

    Even though I was just a temp... it was a chance to socialize & work with some very smart people.

    Cons

    For most red badges, (temps), there is absolutely no chance of them ever being hired on as a full-time employee.

    However, that doesn't stop some of them from trying with a "take no prisoners" approach.

    They will throw you under the bus & stab you in the back whenever possible.

    Always CYA !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say "hi" to some of the red badges when they walk by.

  10.  

    Best place to intern!

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Generous housing stipend. Salary is not super high but there are free food and free shuttle to make it up. Very supportive & friendly managers, host, mentors and co-workers. Lots of training classes for personal development. Lots of resources. Almost everything/everyone is accessible.

    Cons

    No personal rooms even for managers. Open workspace is quite distracting. The first few weeks are very intimidating and over-whelming.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    Culture is great so are people

    Cons

    No cons or negatives at all

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