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Updated 15 December 2014
Updated 15 December 2014
2,785 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inspiring

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

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

    Pros

    The people. Google hires some of the best talent in the world and as a result of working with such high achievers and high potential people, you find everyone raises their game every day and achieves far more than they thought possible

    Cons

    For the UK, it is only possible to work in London and while that makes sense for the business, I wouldn't be able to work for them again now I have moved away :-(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the strong leadership and inspiring ways of working

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's great

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

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

    Pros

    You work with very clever people on interesting projects. Everything is set up for you to be incredibly productive. The perks are also ridiculous.

    Cons

    There are pretty much no cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It's a really amazing company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Google as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was surrounded by intelligent people, who were always very helpful and supportive. Everyone there knows how to work in a team.

    Cons

    The interview / hiring process takes a very long time to complete. All the free food makes it hard not to put on weight, it takes a lot of self-control.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work, never want to leave

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    • 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 (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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (less than an 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
  8.  

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

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    • 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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Great food, great pay

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    • 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
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11. 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 (more than an 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

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