Google Reviews

Updated 15 September 2014
Updated 15 September 2014
2,460 Reviews
4.4
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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.  

    Great company with super opportunities

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    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
  2.  

    Wonderful company but might eat you alive

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    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
  3.  

    Very satisfied

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    • 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 less than a year

    Pros

    it is the best company ever

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    people, training, culture all paralleled

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    Current Employee - Analyst Intern  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Analyst Intern in London, England

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    few opportunity for full time conversion after the internship

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Still an awesome employeer and tight-nit community feel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Site Reliability Engineer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Most intelligent coworkers you could ever imagine. Wonderful feeling of camaraderie. Employees are trusted, respected and treated like adults to get on with their work. Very flat management structure means you're not left feeling powerless. Everyone is empowered to make a difference and to be heard. Amazing benefits.

    Cons

    Most intelligent coworkers you could ever imagine can lead to impostor syndrome. You need to be careful to balance your work and personal life, but the drive to sometimes work too hard comes from within when you work at Google; it's not something that's pushed on you by the company or colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We miss Eric.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Crazy benefits, good pay, decent development opportunities.

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

    I worked at Google as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Still tries to maintain that start-up feel. The benefits are ridiculous. Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Unrivalled office space with on site gym, relaxation rooms, massage rooms.
    The pay is good for the hours and the work done.
    There are many opportunities to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Most engineers are not that young. So culture can be lacking compared to actual startups. Work can sometimes feel over engineered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more. Often teams are quite isolated and tend to repeat work that other teams are doing or have already done. This lack of communication kills enthusiasm for a project.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Alright Alright Alright Alright

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Account Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Money Funds Salary People Effort

    Cons

    Bureaucracy Government Like Innovation Shrinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell Stock Soon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall a great place to work

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    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

    Good money, smart people, free food

    Cons

    Death by Powerpoint, somewhat slow moving. As the company has been on a crest of a wave it feels sometimes that there is not really much point to the work. The best things about the company are also the worst things about it, in that there is a lot of waste of time and money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Program Manager

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    Current Employee - Program Manager  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Program Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Google remains an outstanding employer

    Cons

    Very competitive - can be hard for career progression
    Engineering outside the US can be challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great if you're an engineer, not so great if you're in UX or not in Mountain View

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    Current Employee - User Experience Designer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in London, England

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, cool projects and great colleagues. You have to find the right project though, where the team does appreciate UX as that's not always the case. Manage that and you'll have a blast. Also great benefits (good pension, medical insurance plus things like gym membership, and of course free food) and a very decent salary.

    Cons

    Google doesn't really seem to understand UX. Design decisions are often made by committee and based on technology or what the VP likes. The UX designer then gets the job of painting the pixels. There's also little understanding of the different roles within UX (visual designer, interaction designer, researcher). I find the work very simple and repetitive do miss the more interesting bits of UX design (conceptual, strategical work)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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