Google Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
2,477 Reviews

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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.  

    Amazing place, strong culture but not perfect for mid / senior level managers

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

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

    Pros

    Incredible culture; great transparency and excellent communication between senior management and the rest of the company. Very smart, motivated and fun people to work with. Incredibly fast paced and forward thinking company. Generally, very good products which are constantly improved on. Google is very consumer centric and also fast to learn and improve its products.

    Cons

    Google can be extremely competitive and is unrelenting in its pace. More importantly, for senior or mid level management you can hit a glass ceiling. The company is very product / eng driven which can at times be frustrating for sales & marketing people. Google is not organized structurally for employees looking for GM or P&L experience. It's too functionally structured for that. If you want to eventually manage a business then unless you're a product / eng person this might not be the right place for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, limited opportunities in a remote office.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Operations Associate  in  Boulder, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Sales and Operations Associate in Boulder, CO (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities. Fun congenial environment. Smart, motivated colleagues.

    Cons

    Felt pigeonholed in my roll.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency around career path opportunities and lateral moves between teams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst  in  Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Lagos (Nigeria)

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

    Pros

    Great training, amazing working conditions, and the most interesting people you will ever meet. I loved every minute of it

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons. Google has amazing support functions for its employees and does everything to make sure they are well taken care of. Many opportunities for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Enjoyable

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

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

    Pros

    Experience in one of the largest and well know companies in the world in a great location and amongst similar minded people

    Cons

    the cost of living in the bay area and the long working hours make it tough to continue motivation and standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    expected job hours and expected love for the brand is sometimes unrealistic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesomeness

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    awesome work place and perks

    Cons

    none, nope, zero, not at all

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Working as an Account Manager at Google Dublin

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Account Strategist  in  Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Associate Account Strategist in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome benefits. Great perks. The food is amazing, the people even more so.

    Cons

    Te actual day to day job is not rocket science. It gets very operational and it will probably not be your calling in life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting place to start career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great job, hard to navigate career or transfer internally.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager  in  Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Technical Program Manager in Tokyo (Japan)

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

    Pros

    Perks
    Stable job
    Great people
    Flexibility in hour
    Office
    Resources

    Cons

    Commute sucks if you are in SF
    Compensation not competitive if you are outside of MTV
    Internal transfer is way too hard
    Difficult to navigate career path
    Internal politic can get a bit much
    Performance management are difficult for people outside of SWE ladder

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company ever created in human history

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of smart people selling ads

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Perks that everyone knows about.
    Good pay.
    Good benefits.
    Being able to talk to lots of smart people.
    Your relatives will be impressed.

    Cons

    The work itself can be lame in many areas of the company.
    Constant evaluation and stack ranking.
    Frequent feeling that what you do doesn't help the company.
    Many, many layers of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective with managers. Promote managers who are good at motivating teams, not because they are good "soldiers".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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