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Updated 19 December 2014
Updated 19 December 2014
2,800 Reviews
4.4
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 140 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 262 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 122 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 93 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    I had a blast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England
    Former Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Working with smart people,
    Get to build cool stuff,
    Free food!

    Cons

    Work-life-inbalance is an issue. I guess they make it so good to stay there, that you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust those who are good at what they do. You've hired them for a reason.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Love it

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

    I have been working at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Culture, compensation and company. In addition very good conditions

    Cons

    Working hours and the fact that senior management does not regards interns as added-value tool

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should consider the progression of interns

    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great mission, great company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google

    Pros

    Worked at GOOG for 5 years, and best by far was the sense of purpose and mission the whole company has. When people talk about "values", it is usually meaningless, but at Google, people have real discussions about the values the company exhibits and espouses (including the much ballyhooed "don't be evil"). The dialog is incredibly open and any argument for/against a course of action based on those values is immediately respected and seriously considered. People are brilliant, structure and compensation is excellent.

    Cons

    The benefits entitlement can be chaffing. How many times I have heard people complain about the lines to get free stuff or the lack of "offsites" (fun days when you get paid but don't do any work) in the past 3 months.

    Internal politics can be difficult as some are incredibly good operators and some are allergic to politics and pander, so it often feels like an uneven playing feel. In engineering particularly, there are as many allergic managers so the effect is less, but in other functions, you often have to fight your corner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't compromise integrity for profit by revisiting good decisions and inching them toward bad ones, just keep looking for greenfield innovation and focus on that.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Triple A

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects, great staff, good benefits

    Cons

    Slowly growing into a massive, more bureaucratic company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One of the most intense learning experiences of my career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in London, England
    Former Employee - Release Engineer in London, England

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of very smart and knowledgeable people to feed your mind
    Highly collaborative
    Lots of opportunity for movement and growth — very easy to get involved in projects outside your direct purveyance

    Cons

    It's hard to have a life separate from work — the entire ecosystem is designed to make it more comfortable and compelling than home!
    Everyone I know who left tries to reinvent various versions of the internal tech they have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now the "small, less interesting project" purge seems to be over, maybe let people start to experiment with their ideas in 20% time, again?

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Didn't quite live up to what I imagined

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Associate Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great perks (food, gym), great kudos.

    Cons

    Was not inspired by the work I was doing, there are lots of smart people doing very mundane jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push the interns harder.

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

    Best place to work in the industry right now, amazing people and brilliant culture

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

    I have been working at Google full-time

    Pros

    Very cool culture, amazing people, offices to die for, some of the most innovative projects anywhere on the planet, flat organisation, leaders who understand the challenges facing the organisation, honesty, openness, trust, low turnover of people and a very active can do environment.

    Cons

    High growth challenges as the fast agile historic environment tries to deal with a growing workforce. Internal systems need attention and investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the startup atmosphere and keep busting bureaucracy, and don't let Google turn into IBM. Fix internal systems that slow us down and carry on the amazing work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best job in the world

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

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

    Pros

    Get a chance to change the way brands do marketing in today's always on world

    Cons

    You get to work with the best and smartest people in the world who can always find a fault with anything and everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on doing the magic!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Leeds, England
    Former Employee - Adwords Associate in Leeds, England

    I worked at Google full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Overall a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing major comes to mind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interesting work with smart people

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

    I have been working at Google as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work with smart people, free food, and a focus on quantifying value keeps things lively and effective.

    Cons

    Google is now a super large company that is very executive driven, so the bottoms up innovations are few and far between.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some value is not quantifiable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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