Google Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
2,475 Reviews

4.4
2,475 Reviews
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Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page
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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. 5 people found this helpful  

    Do no evil? Guess not..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google full-time

    Pros

    Free to do random stuff

    Cons

    Focus on academics means lack of proper direction
    It's all changing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some great people, rather than the phd's who pass your silly interview questions and then cant actually produce deliverables...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head of Enterprise Services  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Head of Enterprise Services in London, England

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

    Pros

    - Amazingly smart colleagues, great senior managers
    - Great cultures (openness, transparency, innovation)
    - Loosely hierarchical
    - Great benefits

    Cons

    - Everything changes at a crazy pace (if your fine with that you will enjoy it)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    They really look after their employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great culture, very friendly, good money, exciting to be working for a company that pushes the boundaries

    Cons

    career progression is hard because no one leaves, most people are over qualified for their role. There is also a certain amount of intellectual arrogance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pushing boundaries and don't let politics get in the way of innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Google

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Colleagues, challenges, business prospects, collaboration and innovation are great at Google.
    The perks and work environment are great too.

    Cons

    In certain areas, Google is getting slower and slower, political, process-heavy and quite hierarchical.
    Nothing compared to most companies, but not as fast as you'd wish.
    As a result, career progression can be slow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Fun, work with the best people and the best technology

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    Former Employee - Business Associate  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Business Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Ownership of projects, great communication with teams across the company, friendly, diverse and fun people. You feel like contributing to shaping tomorrow's world.

    Cons

    You have to like technology. Networking with other Googlers is key to self-development (which is not exactly a cons..., you just need to know it). Finding good career opportunities is up to you.

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

    Great place to work if you like the kind of work you're doing.

    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in London, England

    I worked at Google full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good environment, smart people. Lots of perks.

    Cons

    org hierarchy goes through a lot re-structuring. promotions can be very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't make the 'boss' solely responsible for an employee's ratings & progress. make calibration fairer.

  8.  

    Business Associat Intern

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    Current Employee - Business Associate  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Business Associate in London, England

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great culture

    Cons

    You end up spending a lot of time at the office: gym, dinner, games, events...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working environment is awesome!

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    Current Employee - Language Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Language Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Allowing pets, taking care of everything in your life (Well, not exactly everything but almost)

    Cons

    Free and flexible working hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisor needed.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inspiring

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    Former Employee - Recruiter  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Recruiter in London, England

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

    Pros

    The 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

    Cons

    For 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the strong leadership and inspiring ways of working

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It's great

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There are pretty much no cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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