Google
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Updated Apr 19, 2014
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4.2 2,095 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(1,080 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development"
    in 92 reviews
  • "Free food, amazing people, amazing vision - almost everything about this company is a pro"
    in 207 reviews
Cons:
  • "This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging"
    in 85 reviews
  • "Google is no different than any other big company and they are starting to realize it"
    in 68 reviews
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It's great

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsYou work with very clever people on interesting projects. Everything is set up for you to be incredibly productive. The perks are also ridiculous.

ConsThere are pretty much no cons.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Inspiring

Recruiter (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsThe people. Google hires some of the best talent in the world and as a result of working with such high achievers and high potential people, you find everyone raises their game every day and achieves far more than they thought possible

ConsFor the UK, it is only possible to work in London and while that makes sense for the business, I wouldn't be able to work for them again now I have moved away :-(

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the strong leadership and inspiring ways of working

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's a really amazing company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsI was surrounded by intelligent people, who were always very helpful and supportive. Everyone there knows how to work in a team.

ConsThe interview / hiring process takes a very long time to complete. All the free food makes it hard not to put on weight, it takes a lot of self-control.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Best company I have ever worked for, by far

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsYour manager is there he is there to support you not to control you.
When you need something to work better, just ask.
Plenty of great people to work with.

ConsFree food made me slightly fat and I am too lazy to use the free gym.
Many great things happen in US, this make it difficult to get involved in them when working outside US. I am still working on great stuff, but have less choice.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Awesome place to work, never want to leave

Technical Account Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsGreat culture, free food, free gym, decent pay, intelligent and fun people. One of the most forward thinking cutting edge companies to work for in terms of the product side of things.

ConsLittle opportunity to gain management experience early on if you have no prior experience as a manager.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo man re-orgs. Perf process is too subjective. Need to provide more opportunities to train up current staff into management and promote from within rather than hiring external management from other industries who know nothing about the online advertising industry.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's all about the people...and the food

Customer Solutions Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsFantastic people. Apart from being super smart, most people have at least one hidden talent or speak >1 language. Executive leadership you truly believe in. Great culture, working environment and benefits. Free food tends to be better than most restaurants. Working with customers and products that change the world.

ConsVery smart team/people makes it hard to really stand out. Ever increasing company size leading to more middle management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good food, culture, people

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
London, England

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

Pros- Excellent free meals three times a day
- Heavily subsidised massages, and other perks
- Games room, library, coffee machines, daily newspapers, snack bars, drinks
- No real dress code, relaxed start/finish times, informal meetings

Cons- Salary much lower than alternative options

Advice to Senior ManagementPay us better, like our colleagues in MTV

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great food, great pay

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Google

ProsGreat food, strong rewards and great coworkers.

ConsSometimes working long hours can be a bit of a hassle

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Sales (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsAMAzing hours, Good working conditions, nice people

Conscan be very busy sometimes

Advice to Senior Managementcontinue the good work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great workplace with great coworkers, projects and perks

Developer Advocate (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsGreat workplace
Great coworkers
Interesting projects
Good perks
Job satisfaction
Knowing you are working for a company that can make the world a better place.

ConsSometimes management decisions and their motivations are not optimally clear. This could also be due to the rapid growth of the company and the number of projects.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on career development. The career direction of employees is sometimes lost in the noise of project objectives and result expectations.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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