Google Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
2,574 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 126 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 113 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 84 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best job in the world

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Interesting work with smart people

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    • 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place, but suffering from becoming a large company

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

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

    Pros

    Mostly everyone in engineering is as smart as the common perception is. I didn't experience any egomaniacs or prima donnas, but there is a definite air of entitlement around. The whole technology stack is mostly built in-house and very mature, and supporting infrastructure is awesome.

    Cons

    As Google has grown out of being a startup in the last 5 years, the bureaucracy followed. It gets harder and harder to just Get Things Done, since now there are endless reviews and committees that need to sign off. Promotions are less data-driven and more horse-trading, since there are caps on numbers and justification ends up needing alliances between managers. Salary is below market, the justification being that all the (mostly intangible) benefits make up for the shortfall, and increases have been barely inflation-beating over the past few years (I'm not a low performer). Your job progression is rather limited, since you won't make a lot of impact unless you are the rockstar amongst all the rest of the 1%, and you definitely need to have a lot of ambition to fight to move upwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the feet on the ground; do more to address Googlegeist shortfalls (which haven't changed all that much in the past few years); don't let Bureaucracy Busters be just a side project -- prioritise it appropriately!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very exciting place to work with some of the smartest people in tech

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Analyst in London, England

    I worked at Google full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people out there to work with, great benefits, interesting work for the most part

    Cons

    There were very few women in senior management. Lack of mentoring for those in more junior roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Most awesome place to work at.., ever!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    working with incredibly smart people

    Cons

    having to work with incredibly smart people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    in contrast to pretty much every other company out there - don't change what you're already doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do no evil? Guess not..

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  10.  

    They really look after their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England

    I worked at Google full-time (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Google

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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

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