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Updated 19 November, 2014
Updated 19 November, 2014
2,690 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Amazing coworkers. Great place for people with families.

    Cons

    Scale - the company has grown a lot. Commute is bad from everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down growth and prioritize better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Best Company Ever

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    All the people, all the fun problems, all the benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of.

  3.  

    Awesome place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA (US)

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

    Pros

    makes you excited abut the things you are doing.It provides you with various kinds of training.

    Cons

    I don' t see there are any obvious drawbacks. This company has a good work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    An extraordinary company with seemingly limitless resources investing in so many bleeding-edge areas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Account Executive in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Unbelievable perks, brilliant minds, lots of opportunity to learn new things in an ever-evolving environment.

    Cons

    Hard to move up, very political at times, career advancement not always based on merit alone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the folks in the trenches.

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

    Great People, Great Resources, Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Resources, People, Fun company culture

    Cons

    Get and answer emails past 5pm

  7.  

    Work for a company that is changing the world

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Love working for a company that is changing the world. My colleagues were all smart and sharp.

    Cons

    Career development is difficult depending on role.

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

    Bad managers in SMB, terrible management all around

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

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

    Pros

    Food, tools, the deegre of being a Googler, etc

    Cons

    SMB is a joke, the managers don't even know how to use an excel spreadsheet or do a power point. Some of them might not even know the difference from CPA or CPM. Why they are managers? Simple as that, there are two heads that control everything and they promote people who praises them. One is ex photographer assistant who practices nepotism all the time and the other is a socialist.
    And why Google keep them there?
    Because you Dont need good people to do the work asked. Even monkeys could work in SMB Brazil.
    Google hiring bar has decreased a lot in the last few years, HR is doing a terrible job lately, skilled people Dont wanna work there. Why? Its not a good place to be anymore, the money is terrible and they try to sell you a glamour thing. Who lives on Glamour nowadays? Google Brazil and SMB are totally overrated. If you are a kid that wanna show off as the coolest hipster person in a fratty party, that's the place for you. If you aren't, its a trap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a test, ask your team leads and managers to do an excel formula (HLookup, etc), ask also how much is the ecomnerce segment in USD in Brazil. I guarantee you, of you use this as firing bar, you will have to replace 95% of your leading team.
    Why do you think the turn over is terrible in SMB? BECAUSE YOU HAVE BAD MANAGERS!

    Word in the street is that Googlers in Brazil are a joke. Kids on diapers with no sense of anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Environment, too much power to inexperienced people managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    Great internship program @ Google Switzerland

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer Intern in Zürich (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    Google Switzerland offers a spectacular program for interns--it has great people and a stellar atmosphere/culture, with all those promised perks that just make it better. It has great food, intern events, building themes and game rooms and music rooms, etc. Interns don't feel excluded from the normal Google operations, which makes the intern feel pretty much on par with some of the full-timers. At Zürich, you still get a start-uppy smaller company feel, except you always know that it's still linked to the HQ in Mountain View, so it doesn't feel like you're out of the loop, either. There are major teams with very Interesting projects in this office as well. Lastly, Zürich is probably the best office for any intern available, due to the high ratio of interns to full timers, and the super great diversity that the office brings in, being in the center of Europe. There are people of 70+ nationalities in this office, and it's an eye-opener and definitely not short of amazing.

    Cons

    It takes time to catch up to speed as a short-term intern. Sometimes you feel a little shy to speak up, especially if it's your first internship like it was for me. The company itself sometimes seems a little too lax in culture, promoting some lazy days. The "Google Fifteen" is also very possible, since there is free food for three meals on weekdays, though this is obviously a perk too. Also, you get the feeling that there is not too much advancement available for those who want to make it big, so for a full-time ladder-climbing job, Google is probably not the company!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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