Google Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
2,475 Reviews

4.4
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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.  

    Interesting place to start career

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    Former Employee - BOLD Associate Account Analyst  in  Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Former Employee - BOLD Associate Account Analyst in Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    I worked at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    -Free food, fitness classes
    -Incredibly smart and interesting people to work with
    -Learn a lot about Google's advertising system and Google Analytics

    Cons

    -A customer service job- many believe that as a student at a top school, this is not the way to start one's career
    -Located in Ann Arbor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Demonstrate clear paths for advancement in the company after working 2 years in this role

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Google company review

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    Current Employee - Program Analyst  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I have been working at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Had an excellent experience working here, many great perks and amazing compensation working full of visionaries

    Cons

    The only con would be to have more opportunities for contracts to be full-time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    a nice place to work for senior consultants

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant  in  Pau, Aquitaine (France)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Pau, Aquitaine (France)

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

    Pros

    good pay, good environment , work life balance

    Cons

    always need to be innovative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    great place to work at, lots of perks

    Cons

    stressful at times, they would for you to completely move i

  6.  

    My experience at google was nothing short of amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    So many highlights including: intelligent people, expansive budgets to accomplish your department initiatives, great perks and an amazing work environment overall. Everyone is highly driven and ambitious and when I came into work every day, I literally felt that energy as soon as I walked in through the door. People who excel in this company are self-starters and creative people that are able to think quickly and outside of the box.

    Cons

    upward mobility is stagnant. perks can make most complacent and satisfied with their role level for years with no title promotions.

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

    Best company ever created in human history

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong vision, execution, best pay / perks, seriously aiming to make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Internal competition, more top down these days than before, but still better than any other company outside.
    Too many Directors (compared to T7s), many incompetent ones, very difficult to move up in some part of the company, which serves as a reason why competent people leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intense environment of hyper-competitive "A" players

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    Current Employee - Analytical Lead  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Analytical Lead in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    It is an amazing place to challenge yourself. There are lots of perks, but at least from my experience you are going to work very hard to keep them.

    Cons

    You haven't seen politics like this Neverland before. Rich people that got in early, or industry professionals who have had too much reality to adapt is the norm. Ivy League MBAs are a dime a dozen. Egos are huge, and sometimes warranted. You will feel small time, and like an idiot for a long while after you start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I knew where the hell their head was at half the time I'd offer my .02 but money keeps rolling in and crazy ambition is always the M.O.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great, once you learn to work smarter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Perks, benefits, pay, work-from-home policy, and really smart people. You don't run into morons here, and that makes life *so* *much* *better*. The tools available inside are better than anything that anyone can buy, and really have no equal.

    You have a bit of a raffle in terms of your manager, but really, just switch around when you can to find one that works well for you. Being at Google with a manager that you work well with is an optimal life situation

    Cons

    Some managers are great technically, but have no people skills whatsoever. Also, the level of work and output by your peers is very high. You have to learn to work smart to make your work-life balance fit. This means learning how to effectively use the tools (which takes time, but they're really good), to build discipline to avoid spacing out on random websites, and actively managing your time. You also have company policies (easy to work from home, flexible hours) to make that happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for employees to switch groups when a manager has poor rankings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Really a great place to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Industry Analyst  in  Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Senior Industry Analyst in Madrid (Spain)

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

    Pros

    Google is what it sells: an amazing place to work for.
    People are generally active, open and extroverted. The working environment couldn't be better. The wage is above average for the industry. Office perks are great. The best thing about working for Google is that you are given full responsibility for your duties. Not often will you find a micromanager. They put real effort in giving everyone their space and responsibilities.

    Cons

    In cases, the person is overqualified for the job. Google has enough influence and attractiveness to bring on people that are too qualified for their jobs. Google rightly prides itself in having an amazing workforce, but it sometimes comes at the underutilization of people's abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't spend your life at Google. It needs to be a place with constant refreshing, and managers that don't move to other places don't leave space for the future generations, on which Google thrives. Google is getting older and so is its management. Google is an amazing place to develop a career, but people get old, thus so do ideas, methods and practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    best ever

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google as a contractor

    Pros

    paid well, good management, excellent training

    Cons

    absolutely none, can't think of one

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