Google Reviews

Updated 23 October, 2014
Updated 23 October, 2014
2,597 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.  

    selling ads for google

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    you can mange your own time

    Cons

    the pay is low if you do not have a lot of traffic to your website.

  2.  

    Awesome company, great coworkers, great company overall.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a really cool environment, I saw my self learning a lot, and you get payed good!

    Cons

    Of course you do have the information of the world in your hands, this can put some pressure on you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Likely the last job in my life...

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

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

    Pros

    The brightest colleagues ever, company focus on `moonshots` and spoiling employees, a myriad career possibilities, have your work touch billions (!) and change the world for the better, initiative always encouraged and rewarded...

    Cons

    Very deep bench -- if your ambition is to become a CEO, you *won't* satisfy it at Google

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work! Open communication yet more, encourage skipping of bureaucracy and layers, let chaos thrive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Depends on where you are working

    Former Employee - Business Development
    Former Employee - Business Development

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

    Pros

    Extensive and accessible internal network
    Great brand that opens doors everywhere
    Employees encouraged to learn about different aspects of the company and to contribute 5-20% of their time on projects unrelated to their core responsibilities

    Cons

    The administrative structure is jumbled up so you might find yourself reporting to different teams with different goals
    Emphasis on hard numbers as goals detracts from quality of service delivery sometimes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Truly a wonderful company to work for. Work ethic and culture combined at its best!

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

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

    Pros

    The company demands are high therefore it makes the work in turn easy. The personal growth one can obtain whether they remain w/ Google long term or not is forever beneficial. You realize this once removed.....

    Cons

    The politics....
    Google, being that it is becoming so large, the game of favorites tends to be played alot. I've never had to encounter this being a problem for myself, but have seen this happen to truly qualified team members surrounding me.
    It can have a college feel to it at times - Gossip, Gossip, Gossip. (but, that can be said for all companies at some point)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every manager I have come across has been great. I have nothing negative to say.

    Compensation can ALWAYS be better. =)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work, but surpassingly VERY unorganised

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

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

    Pros

    Everyone are so brilliantly internally connected

    Cons

    As a contractor you're completely ignored

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to everyone equally - stop discriminating!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience overall.

    • 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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and managers who really value you.

    Cons

    Huge company with a lot of bright people results in a lot of constant competition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Amazing environment, but too limited job specs for those that want to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Operations in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - User Operations in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Perks, salary and in general pension plan
    Management culture

    Cons

    Highly specialised for each job role, there isn't much you can do outside your job description
    Low mobility, caused by said high specialisation, if you want to slightly change the type of area you work on, it's going to take you maybe years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stick too much to the CV, think of the person first!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing Internship!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  11.  

    Amazing company, great benefits and lots of responsibility from day 1 on!

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

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

    Pros

    - Incredible perks
    - Amazing people
    - Competitive salary
    - Worldwide locations-
    - Being part of creating the future

    Cons

    - Sometime there is the "big company syndrome" that everyone is trying to overcome at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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