Google Reviews

Updated 25 October, 2014
Updated 25 October, 2014
2,600 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.  

    Smart people.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Very responsive to employee feedback. Great benefits and compensation. Internal mobility exists, because Google has its fingers in so many different things.

    Cons

    Satisfaction is project-by-project, team-by-team. While you can certainly move teams, happiness is a gamble that many would prefer to not take.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the rigidity of the review system.

  2.  

    You would love your job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

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

    Pros

    Free meals, reasonable salary, flexible working hours

    Cons

    sometimes you have to deal with difficult stuff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is good here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Best place to work

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company cares how employees feel.

    Cons

    Many opportunities are only available in Mountain View.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Incredible. Like college all over again.

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

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

    Pros

    Brilliant people.
    College campus community feel.
    Interesting, new experiences everyday.
    The biggest company in the world

    Working at Google is like being on a huge college campus with tons of brilliant people all working together and having fun doing it. The ambience is like its own planet. Intelligence is embraced, and you get autonomy to try new things and the resources to learn everyday.

    Cons

    None, if you work hard consistently. Problems only occur when you're not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's very unique and productive. The only thing I would suggest is to take a look at the hiring process for recruiters. I think we've turned away some amazing talent because we tend to look for

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Google review

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, fair compensation, good benefits

    Cons

    Large that hard to show impact to the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Product Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    - smart teammates
    - perks
    - learning opportunities
    - if you're ever bored of your current role, there are plenty of new projects and interesting teams to jump onto

    Cons

    - if you're in the wrong team with a poor VP or director, you'll see a lack of vision and a waffling product roadmap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - clarify the execution plan before you toss out a vision that can't be excetured

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent place to work, tackling growing pains

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

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

    Pros

    large autonomy, ability to have huge impact. I can choose what projects I want to work on, and how I want to solve things. I have the ability to make changes that have a huge impact on my team, Google as a whole, and the word if I so choose.

    Cons

    lack of transferable skills. Many tools and technologies are Google-only, and I feel that my skills from the real world have atrophied significantly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very challenging yet rewarding experience thus far

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

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

    Pros

    Good perks, challenging work, opportunities to improve and advance within the company, working with smartest people.

    Cons

    Google is proud of its startup-like environment and that comes with hectic and chaotic work at times. Promotion can be tough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Surrounded by the best and brightest. Always pushed and challenged. Always learning.

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation is great. Intern projects are well-scoped, impactful, and challenging. Flexibility is fantastic and there's a huge focus on enjoying your time/getting to know the Google culture

    Cons

    Hard to call this a "con" since it was a huge learning opportunity, but google is very ambiguous. There is little direction (tons of support when you ask though) and it's difficult at time to know what your next steps are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great experience

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

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work at a playground
    Free food
    Great culture
    Swag- for days.
    Happy hours

    Cons

    No time to play- very competitive
    Weight gain- from free food
    Over worked contractors- and labeled them with red ID

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the floor's hardest workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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