Google Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
2,463 Reviews

4.4
2,463 Reviews
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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.  

    Best company I have ever worked for, by far

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Your manager is there he is there to support you not to control you.
    When you need something to work better, just ask.
    Plenty of great people to work with.

    Cons

    Free food made me slightly fat and I am too lazy to use the free gym.
    Many great things happen in US, this make it difficult to get involved in them when working outside US. I am still working on great stuff, but have less choice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work, never want to leave

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, free food, free gym, decent pay, intelligent and fun people. One of the most forward thinking cutting edge companies to work for in terms of the product side of things.

    Cons

    Little opportunity to gain management experience early on if you have no prior experience as a manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too man re-orgs. Perf process is too subjective. Need to provide more opportunities to train up current staff into management and promote from within rather than hiring external management from other industries who know nothing about the online advertising industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic 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.

    Cons

    Very smart team/people makes it hard to really stand out. Ever increasing company size leading to more middle management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good food, culture, people

    • 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 as an intern for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay us better, like our colleagues in MTV

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great food, great pay

    • 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

    Pros

    Great food, strong rewards and great coworkers.

    Cons

    Sometimes working long hours can be a bit of a hassle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company

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

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

    Pros

    AMAzing hours, Good working conditions, nice people

    Cons

    can be very busy sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great workplace with great coworkers, projects and perks

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

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great workplace
    Great coworkers
    Interesting projects
    Good perks
    Job satisfaction
    Knowing you are working for a company that can make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on career development. The career direction of employees is sometimes lost in the noise of project objectives and result expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Google full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic 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

    Cons

    Difficult 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company with super opportunities

    • 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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful company but might eat you alive

    • 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

    Pros

    great colleagues
    your employer changes the world
    competitive salary
    good perks

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop increasing the internal reporting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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