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Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
2,790 Reviews
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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  

    Great place, but suffering from becoming a large company

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    • 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
  2. 3 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
  3.  

    Most awesome place to work at.., ever!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Do no evil? Guess not..

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    They really look after their employees

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    • 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Google

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  9. 2 people 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 (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.

  10.  

    Fun, work with the best people and the best technology

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

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an 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
  11.  

    Business Associat Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Business Associate in London, England

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

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