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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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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Amazing management, great benefits, great perks

    Cons

    a little too performance orientated, counter intuitive to trying to achieve great things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change your performance system

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to work, tackling growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    large autonomy, ability to have huge impact. I can choose what projects I want to work on, and how I want to solve things. I have the ability to make changes that have a huge impact on my team, Google as a whole, and the word if I so choose.

    Cons

    lack of transferable skills. Many tools and technologies are Google-only, and I feel that my skills from the real world have atrophied significantly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what it looks like

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Google

    Pros

    - smart people
    - free food
    - you learn a lot
    - opens all doors
    - nice and eductational atmosphere
    - you can leave the office whenever you feel like having a break

    Cons

    - bad mid management
    - even worse team-leads. Either they are super good or super bad.
    - trainings are all internal and with G-products, so conveying certain skills to other non-Google related are difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before promoting someone to team lead check if they are 'really' qualified

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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Amazing company but very corporate and pressured now

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Advertising Sales in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great people, always stimulating - talks, guest speakers and interesting things going on -connected to your work and unrelated, amazing benefits. Fast paced, still seems on the cutting edge despite there being lots of younger exciting tech/media companies about now. A company to feel proud of. Lots of opportunities to learn and push yourself. Above average pay.

    Cons

    Very different from the early start up or even mid sized company days (understandably). Corporate, crowded- there is constant pressure and competition to stand out from the crowd. All employees are intelligent and motivated and striving to impress so it's easy to become a 'mediocre performer' if you aren't constantly upping your game. Can be challenging if you have significant responsibilities outside work but is the best place to work if you are young, energetic and relatively 'free' to dedicate most of your life to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on flexibility and diversity to ensure you retain talent. Make internal transfers/exposure to new roles and business areas easier.

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

    Challenging, fun and rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Career-wise this is a great place to work - there are opportunities for anyone who is willing to build a reputation. The work itself, the smart people and the perks: a Japanese restaurant serving up Asian food every day for free!

    Cons

    I would say the main downside is that people work such long hours. Perhaps this is because the environment is so competitive. I also don't think the salary in London is competitive with the main alternative employers - investment banks.

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

    Outstanding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    There is always a new challenge

    Cons

    Quality of more recent hires not as good as it used to be

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to learn from mistakes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Google: willing to work at a constant fast pace, can be rewarded

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    The people. Life long friends. Friendly culture that has not changes with massive growth. Collaboration.

    Cons

    Always changing, fast paced, performance focused environment. Might prove testing for people who don't manage their work/life balance well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience, but all consuming

    • 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

    I'll miss my team and the people the most, Google has done a great job in hiring over the years. The fast pace (for such a large company) is very exciting, and the autonomy (once you have proven yourself) is great for people who relish that. Also the values are strong and the ability to innovate and really push for new developments and advances in your role and function are really well supported

    Cons

    For people outside the US, increasingly becoming too US (well Valley) centric - aside from regional roles most of the interesting senior roles are based there, beware if you are in Europe or elsewhere globally. Drain of people moving there as the only means to further their careers. Also politics (as with any big company) is rife and silo's strong. Finally don't expect to have much of a life outside of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Long term, need to build a more inclusive global strategy as concentrating in the Valley is an introspective approach for a major global player

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good work for hard-working people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England
    Current Employee - Web Developer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Rewards for performance rather than according to position. Excellent learning possibilities internally as well externally even if not related to a role.

    Cons

    Working with lots of experienced professionals is a challenge itself. Be sure to be ready to work with competitive(in good way) people that challenge the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wide range of possibilities in taking time off of any kind. Constant emphasis on self development. If you want to be heard you will be heard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great challenges, lots of opportunity to learn and grow, and an extremely cool culture.

    • 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 as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Very smart and nice colleagues.
    - Solve on problems on a completely different scale than other companies.
    - Lovely culture and great perks.

    Cons

    - Very Mountain-view-centric, especially at higher levels
    - Mountain view is a horrible place to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the growth in mountain view so it becomes less than all other larger offices.
    Spread senior management around into other offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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