Google Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
2,597 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance with adequate opportunity for career development (in 127 reviews)

  • Free food onsite three times a day is an essential convenience factor (in 249 reviews)


Cons
  • This is one reason why maintaining a good work-life balance can be challenging (in 114 reviews)

  • You can feel that it's a really big company now - difficult to advance & a lot of red tape (in 85 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 (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
  2. 1 person 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6. 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
  7. 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 (more than an 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Very satisfied

    • 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    people, training, culture all paralleled

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

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

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