Google Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
2,612 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 128 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 252 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 115 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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  1.  

    amazing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Developer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Best benefits for employees in the market for technology industry

    Cons

    Located close to big cities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    move to small cities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It's the best company I've ever worked for in the 38 years since I graduated college.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in Cambridge, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very smart people, outstanding benefits and perks, excellent salaries, and lots of opportunity to do what you love. Everything you've heard about working for Google is true.

    Cons

    It's starting to become a little less firm in its moral stances and starting to bend with the prevailing political winds a little too much. In other words, it's starting to behave more like a multi-billion dollar international corporation than a passionate silicon valley technological trail breaker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the right wing political lobbyists and practice what you preach. If Google is going to say that privacy and climate change are important issues, then it needs to actively support them for the good of everyone and not just for the employees of Google.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangaloko (Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Bangaloko (Democratic Republic of Congo)

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

    Pros

    Good and vibrant atmosphere which helps to concentrate and yet have ease of mind

    Cons

    With great power comes great responsibility and working at google is not an easy task

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Good vibes, good people, good benefits

    Cons

    Cannot honestly think of a single one

  6.  

    One of the best places to work and build your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Acquisition Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Current Employee - Business Acquisition Manager in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

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

    Pros

    - Career Opportunities. Shifting from one team to another, one vertical to another is highly encouraged. It helps in your overall development also and the company is really vested in that.
    - The coworkers/peers are really smart and helpful people which again helps in the over all growth of a person.
    - The perks and office spaces area really attractive.

    Cons

    - Salary isnt upto the market stds.
    - It has now become a very big company, hence there are chances you might get lost.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Great People, Unlimited Education

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked at Google as a contractor for about 8 months. I came in knowing next to nothing about sales and left knowing almost everything about cloud technology, SalesForce and of course Google products. Even when you are in a contractor role, they invest a lot of time and energy into making you successful. I learned more in those months than I have at any other position in the last 3-4 years. Could not recommend an experience more.

    Cons

    Kids managing kids (although they do it pretty well), separation between contractors and full time, inconsistent career paths

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    An amazing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    1. Working with some of the smartest people in the world on products used by millions.
    2. Great diversity of products you can potentially work on.
    3. Offices around the world, so you don't have to be in Silicon Valley.
    4. Very humane culture. E.g., you're encouraged not to work late and not to do email on weekends. Generous perks are another aspect of this.

    Cons

    1. Male/female ratio (although this is an industry-wide issue, and Google is working hard to address it).
    2. Design and product quality still not consistently high enough. However, they're very conscious of it and it's improving quickly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Environment, too much power to inexperienced people managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    Perks, Food, Offices, Great People on average, good benefits, great products, innovation everywhere you look,

    Cons

    Bad managers can ruin your experience (as it's the case everywhere). People management initial layer is often chosen by wrong reasons. Thus these folks can't effective lead, and teams end up avoiding taking risks and innovating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotion mechanisms are rewarding non-Googley behavior and threatening a great culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Community Leader in Provo, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Community Leader in Provo, UT (US)

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

    Pros

    The people I've worked with at Google have been awesome, genuine love for the company and their jobs. Was able to take part in a number of very interesting projects while interning there that had a big impact on my local community. The local Google employees were great mentors and provided tremendous help with our projects and professional development.

    Cons

    Big company, a lot is happening some times. Projects can be a little crazy and often times can lack specific direction.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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