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Updated Jul 31, 2014
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4.2 2,333 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Google Co-Founder & CEO Larry Page

Larry Page

(1,245 ratings)

91% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Customer Solutions Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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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    Great company to work for, but difficult to move around internally & more politics than expected.

    Adops Media Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsFantastic culture
    Great vision for the future
    Very bottom-led so great opportunities for growth and to lead
    Minimal micro-management
    Freedom to pursue projects you feel are worthwhile
    Great internal comms - very included in the company and the goings-on

    ConsDifficult to move internally, harder than expected
    Promotional cycles are more political than expected and tricky to navigate
    More politics in general than expected
    In the Sales Org side, too many managers are 'old-school' ad/media types which makes them very much an 'old boys club' and this doesn't mesh well with the Google culture itself.

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

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    Great company with super opportunities

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOpportunity to work on impactful projects
    Coworkers are very bright and will go the extra mile
    Amazing food and benefits are very god

    ConsSometimes a bit political and can be a lot of travelling.
    Working long hours and work/life balance can be sometimes tricky

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

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    Wonderful company but might eat you alive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat colleagues
    your employer changes the world
    competitive salary
    good perks

    Conswork-life balance not existent if you don't watch out
    due to few hierarchy levels career development is tough

    Advice to Senior Managementstop increasing the internal reporting

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

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    Very satisfied

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) London, England

    Prosit is the best company ever

    ConsI'm very satisfied with Career Opportunities, Compensation & Benefits, Work/Life Balance, Culture & Values

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    people, training, culture all paralleled

    Analyst Intern (Current Employee) London, England

    Prosculture, the quality of work that you undertake as an intern

    Consfew opportunity for full time conversion after the internship

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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